The Book Grocer: 15-21 July

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The Book Grocer: 15-21 July

Blakean vision courtesy of Jessicamulley
Londonist's look at the week ahead in literary London...

Wednesday: William Blake: poet, painter, psychogeographer, namer of nightclubs, visionary anarchist? Exploring Blake's claim to the last is poet, philosopher and visionary Peter Marshall. The event is hosted at Housmans (7pm, free) as part of its ongoing London Burning series, a celebration of radical London.

Also on: Susie Orbach interviews Andrew O'Hagan and Will Self at the Southbank Centre, the first in a series of events examining contemporary psychoanalysis and the arts (7.30pm, £10).

Thursday: It's over a month to go before Carnival descends on Notting Hill, but you can whet your appetite for the festival atmosphere at the Southbank Centre's London Liming, a head-on collision of poetry, spoken word and Trinidadian tradition (8pm, £8). Read our preview of the event here, then pick up some tickets here. There might even be dancing in the aisles, and how often can you say that of the bookish events you attend?

Friday: In Incisions and Excavations: The Poem Reincarnating Theatre, the London Bridge Festival makes poetry the patient: the Occurrent Glow company vowing to hold a 'stethoscope up to a collection of contemporary poems, exploring their beats and resonances as they emerge in new, theatrical forms'. We don't actually know what this means, but we're on board - especially as the venue, the Old Operating Theatre Museum, promises to elicit one of the more interesting site-specific poetry performances we've encountered recently (7pm, £5.60).

Saturday: The Shoreditch Festival brings us Around the Word, an afternoon of poetry, storytelling and writing workshops (events from 1pm, free). Performers include novelist Jacob Ross, Brick Lane documentarian Rachel Lichtenstein and Book Grocer favourite Joe Dunthorne, among others. Wave your free copy of the TLS in the air and sing it with us: We heart Shoreditch!

Also on: More London Burning events from Housmans: Visionaries, Dissenters and Rebels: A Walk Through Islington's History (11am, free but voluntary donations encouraged), and Dockers and Detectives, with Ken Worpole on the mythology of the East End (5pm, free).

Sunday: Should your Friday evening have taken a more prosaic (read: pissed) turn, there are two more opportunities (at 2pm & 5pm) to pop into the Old Operating Theatre Museum to witness those Incisions and Excavations of modern poetry.

Otherwise, what else were summers made for but Sundays in the Park with Books - weather-obliging, of course?

Monday: The British Library continues its exploration of Henry VIII: Man and Monarch with an illustrated talk by The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives author James P. Carley. Tonight's event, I'm David the Second, I Am, I Am takes a look at Henry's Psalter and what its preparation and annotation reveal of Henry's belief of himself as a reincarnated David (6.30pm, £6).

Tuesday: Literary spats just ain't what they used to be. Do you too prefer a little less mudslinging, a little more cage fighting? Whilst Literary Death Match aspires to nothing more violent than verbal sparring, its ethos is totally Author meets American Gladiator meets circus meets Idol. In this its inaugural UK event, Nick Harkaway, Salena Godden, Joe Dunthorne and Tim Wells square off at Islington's Old Queen's Head (7pm, £5), whilst Tim Clare, Laura Dockrill and Tindal Street Press's Luke Brown take up the gauntlet to do their best Simon, Amanda and Piers impressions at this literary smack-down.

Last Updated 15 July 2009