Book Grocer: 10 - 16 February

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 96 months ago
Book Grocer: 10 - 16 February

BookGrocer1.jpg Looking at the week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Book Slam comes East to Shoreditch Town Hall, for the Red Bull Music Academy Edition. Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Tempest and Doc Brown are just a few of those appearing (7pm, £6 / £8).

Snobbery begone! Yumchaa are starting a monthly Mills and Boon book club at their Camden Parkway shop (7pm). M&B editor Jenny Hutton will be on hand to discuss the art of writing romantic fiction.

Thursday: The LSE Literary Festival launches tonight, asking How Would a Robot Read a Novel?, which sounds fun, literary and nerdy - the holy triumverate. (Free, but you'll need to reserve a ticket by email.)

We've got two pairs of tickets to give away to Justin Pollard's talk on Love and History at the Phoenix Theatre Arts Bar on Charing Cross Road (7pm, £3) so watch @Londonist on Twitter. Justin is a researcher on QI so should have some interesting snippets to hand - he's also the historical consultant for The Tudors, which is possibly the best job in the world.

Rupert Smith's novel Man's World is set over 50 years of gay life in London. Catch him at the Southbank Centre tonight at 7.45pm (£7.50).

Atilla the Stockbroker is on at this week's Bang Said the Gun at the Roebuck (8pm, £5 / £3).

SoPo's January line-up got cancelled because of all that stupid snow, so hear Hugo Williams, Julia Bird and James Wilkes tonight instead. (6pm, Elmwood London, £7.50)

Friday: There's lots more going on at the LSE: try Susie Orbach, Giles Foden or John Lanchester to be going on with.

If you miss Kate Tempest at Bookslam you can always see her at the Albany in Deptford from 8pm, with guests Tshaka Campbell, bleue granada, Dean McCaffrey and others (£8 / £5).

Saturday: It's the third and final day of the LSE Literary Festival, with more things happening than you can shake a stick at. Even a very big stick. We'd mention Will Alsop, AS Byatt and Lionel Shriver, but our mind boggles too much.

New talent gets a chance to impress in performance and written poetry at the Poetry Cafe, hosted by Niall O'Sullivan (8pm, £4 / £3).

Jazzman John Clarke joins MC Mr Gee, Gloria Thomas, Matt Haydock and Skillington Shakespeare at Brixtongue for poetry, music and comedy, Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema (6pm, £6 / £5 / £4).

Monday: Storytellers' Club, the place to hear comic tales told by comedians, is at the Last Days of Decadence in Shoreditch from 8pm (£5).

Tuesday: Celebrate the BL's exhibition for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with a programme of poetry, Persian classical music and performance (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Niall O'Sullivan heads back to the Poetry Cafe for their open mic night at 7.30pm (£4 / £3).

Last Updated 10 February 2010