Book Grocer: 17 - 23 March

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 95 months ago
Book Grocer: 17 - 23 March

BookGrocer1.jpg Our weekly round-up of literary London

Wednesday: Ruth O'Callaghan launches her new poetry collection, Goater's Alley, at the Oxfam Bookshop on Marylebone High Street at 6.30pm.

If that warms you up for a bit more live action verse, catch performance poet Sebastian Hayes at the Poetry Cafe from 7.30pm.

Thursday: Shad Thames, Broken Wharf is a new commissioned 'play of voices' of centuries of Docklands History, part of the London Word Festival. Iain Sinclair will introduce the event with a reading. All advance tickets are gone, but there will be a few on the door if you get there early enough (8pm, £10).

This month's Firestation Bookswap in Windsor is host to Mark Keating and Warwick Cairns from 7.45pm (£5). As usual, Scott Pack and Marie Phillips attempt to maintain some semblance of order. Bring a book, swap a book, eat cake.

Daunt take over Keats House from 7pm with Anthea Bell and Agnès Poirier to discuss the work of Stefan Zweig. (£5, including wine.)

Newham Bookshop is another bookseller on the move, this time to the Bishopsgate Institute for an evening with Philip Davies, talking about his new book Lost London, a collection of photos of the city between 1870 and 1945 (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Richard Tyrone-Jones is at the helm of Utter! Fiction (7.30pm, £5 / £10). He's joined by Joe Dunthorne and Stuart Home (who may or may not be joined by puppets), plus work by the late Clem Fatale and you can vote to decide who appears at the next Utter! event.

Historians Adrian Tinniswood, Paul Strathern and Douglas Ronald are chatting about their latest books and the art of researching and writing history at Waterstone's Notting Hill (6.30pm, £3). We have five pairs of tickets to give away to this event - keep an eye on the @Londonist Twitter account for more information.

Saturday: Don't forget: it's Picador Day at Foyles!

The Women's Library are holding a workshop about self-publishing, full of practical information to help women start publishing their own work (10am-3.30pm, £10 / £8).

Sunday: Still on their travels, the Newham Bookshop this time takes comedian Jeremy Hardy to Stratford Circus to talk about his new book investigating his family history (7pm, £6).

The Museum of London in Docklands is the scene for an afternoon of London poetry, hosted by Christopher Horton. There are a few open mic slots available, too. (3pm, £5.) You could work up your wordy senses beforehand by following spoken word artist Germander Speedwell around the docks as she performs her pieces about how many of the things found Thames-side got their names (11am / 1pm, £5).

There's free punk poetry from Chris of Raw Poo and Alex of Wonk Unit at the Fox and Firkin on Lewisham High Street this evening, with some acoustic reggae from One Jah.

Monday: Carol Ann Duffy is at Kings Place to introduce you to some of her favourite British poets, including Daljit Nagra, Imtiaz Dharker and Sarah Maguire (7pm, £9.50).

Coffee House Poetry are celebrating the onset of spring at the Troubadour on Old Brompton Road (8pm, £6 / £5). Guest readers will recite seasonal odes.

Tuesday: Aidan Andrew Dun offers his poetical thoughts on the psychogeography, history and future of London at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Back at the London Word Festival, M.R. James's Oh, Whistle And I'll Come To You My Lad is brought to chilling life by Robert Lloyd Parry, while A Pint For The Ghost is a series of poems by Helen Mort inspired by Yorkshire legends (8pm, £8 / £10).

Book your place now at Clerkenwell Tales in Exmouth Market for an intimate chat with Iain Sinclair and Rachel Lichtenstein (it has to intimate, it's a small shop) from 7pm. There's a Q&A and signing session - it's also free and there'll be drinks.

Sarah Wise, author of The Blackest Streets, discusses the nature of the crowded slums of 19th century London, at the Museum of London tonight (7pm, free but book in advance). Hear her now, then see more when the Galleries of Modern London open in spring.

Finally, the Walthamstow Bookcrossing group has their monthly meet-up at the Nag's Head (7.30pm) for drinks and bookswapping action.

Last Updated 17 March 2010