Book Grocer: 31 March - 6 April

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 170 months ago

Last Updated 31 March 2010

Book Grocer: 31 March - 6 April

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead - or as much as isn't taken up by Easter - in literary London

Wednesday: Brixton Market's first ever resident poet Dorothea Smartt heads a line-up including Daljit Nagra, Yemisi Blake and Nick Field at Apples and Snakes's takeover of the Soho Theatre (8pm, £8 / £6).

ResPublica thinktank founder Phillip Blond argues in favour of progressive conservatism at Foyles in Charing Cross Road (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

For politics of a different flavour head to Housmans for a discussion on women dissenters in the eighteenth century from Jennifer C Kelsey, author of a new book on women who refused to accept the status quo (7pm).

If you've ordered a word from the London Word Festival's 'chip shop' printing press, you should get to the beautiful St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch to hear what Ian McMillan's made of them all. Also on hand are Terry Saunders, Matthew Robins and an exhibition of The Tree of Lost Things (8pm, £10).

Express Excess returns to the Enterprise (8.30pm) in Chalk Farm with Duncan DeMorgan, Jonny Blamey and comedian Bridget Christie.

Performance poet-rappers Benin City launch their EP at the Roundhouse's Studio Theatre (8pm, £5). Belinda Zhawi and David Jay join the fun.

Thursday: The London Word Festival comes to a close (*sob*) at the Barbican with John Hegley performing poems inspired by Ron Arad (7pm, free). Found in Translation and the Barbican Young Poets complete the line-up.

Tall Lighthouse rocks up at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3) with Wayne Smith, Alex Gwyther, Polly Atkins, Sarah Howe and John Citizen keeping order.

The new issue of Pen Pusher launches at the London Cocktail Club from 7pm. Sara Stockbridge, Clare Pollard, Swithun Cooper, Joe Cairo, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Molly Naylor are among the writers performing, plus DJs to keep the party mood going.

Jim Crace talks about his new book, All That Follows, at the London Review Bookshop at 7pm (£6). Grab this chance to see one of Britain's finest novelists in the flesh.

Tuesday: Maggie Gee talks about her new novel, My Driver, set in Uganda, with Monique Roffey at the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill (7pm, £3).

wordPLAY is back with its monthly spoken word goodness at Kilburn's Good Ship (8pm, £3.50). Kate Tempest, Holly Howitt, Vile Electrodes, Nikki Dudley, Meghan Purvis and Nia Davies bring the joy.