London Book And Poetry Events: 31 July-6 August 2014

Catch poet Mario Petrucci for an evening of war poetry on Wednesday.

Catch poet Mario Petrucci for an evening of war poetry on Wednesday.

Thursday 31 July

COMEDY BOOK: Comedian Katy Brand is discussing her debut novel, Brenda Monk is Funny, at Waterstone’s Piccadilly. The novel is all about life on the comedy circuit. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

DEBUT NOVEL: Jessie Burton is at Waterstone’s Richmond to celebrate the release of her highly-acclaimed debut novel, The Miniaturist. £3, prebook, 7pm

LONDON CURIOCITY: Urban cartographers Henry and Matt, the creators of the Curiocity map series, are at Waterstone’s Piccadilly to talk through the process of creating their foldaway maps and tell stories of the city. Free, prebook, 7pm

EDINBURGH PREVIEW: Poet Molly Naylor previews her Edinburgh show at Battersea Arts Centre. If Destroyed Still True is a part biographical, part fictional look at friendship, growing up and our relationship with our teenage selves. £12/£9, prebook, 9pm

Friday 1 August

THEATRE LITERATURE: Neil Bartlett, past Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, is the subject of a National Theatre Platform tonight. It focuses on his new book, The Disappearance Boy, the story of a stage-hand in the 1950s. Followed by a book signing. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm (see also author reading on 3 August)

Saturday 2 August

POETS ANNIVERSARY: Dodo Modern Poets are back, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their poetry extravaganzas throughout the UK and Ireland. At Colour House Theatre in Merton, part of Abbeyfest. £9/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

Sunday 3 August

BOOK WALK: The ever popular Emily’s Walking Book Club sets off from the Hampstead branch of Daunt Books for a stroll across Hampstead Heath. Today’s text is Doris Lessing’s first novel, The Grass is Singing, a murder mystery set in Southern Africa in the 1940s. Free, prebook, 11.30am

AUTHOR READING: Gay’s The Word bookshops hosts an afternoon with Neil Bartlett at New Bloomsbury Set in St Pancras. As on 1 August, he will read from his new novel, The Disappearance Boy. £4, prebook, 4pm (see also National Theatre Platform on 1 August)

Monday 4 August

FANTASY SEQUEL: Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue to sign copies of Words of Radiance, the sequel to  best-selling novel The Way of Kings. £18, prebook, 6pm

WAR DEBATE: War historian Douglas Newton will be in conversation with Christopher Clark, author of The Sleepwalkers, at London Review Bookshop in Holborn. Focus is on the differing views at the time about whether Britain should have entered World War One. £10, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 5 August

CYCLING CHAMPION: Olympic and World champion cyclist Nicole Cooke is at Waterstone’s London Wall to sign copies of her new autobiography, The Breakaway. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. 12.30pm

Wednesday 6 August

STANZA BONANZA: Enfield and Herts go head to head in tonight’s Stanza Bonanza at The Poetry Cafe with members of both teams performing and doing poetry readings. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

WAR POETRY: Poet Mario Petrucci hosts an evening dedicated to the poetry of World Wars One and Two at the Saison Poetry Library at Southbank Centre. Free, prebook, 8pm

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