Book Grocer: 28 April-4 May

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 94 months ago
Book Grocer: 28 April-4 May

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Unleash your filthy mind and get to Foyles for an event marking Granta's Sex issue. Michael Symmons Roberts, Zimbabwean novelist Brian Chikwava and documentary photographer Jo Broughton discuss sex and society (6.30pm, free but you need to reserve a place).

Ride the Word XX (and after that Granta stuff all we can think of is double entendres) hosts the launch of Jay Merill's book God of the Pigeons, plus spots from Vincent De Souza, John Donoghue, Simon Jenner, Niall McDevitt and Naomi Foyle. (Arts Bar @ The Phoenix, 6.30pm, free).

There's a Hungarian feel to Poetry in Translation at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3). George Gömöri reads his own work and that of his fellow countrypoets.

Thursday: Penned in the Margins is the brainchild of one of the London Word Festival's organisers, so expect good things. Newcastle poet Paul Batchelor, Roddy Lumsden and Sarah Hesketh appear at Aubin and Wills at 7pm (free).

Book Slam hosts exciting stuff from Jamaican novelist Marlon James and one of Granta's bright young things, Dan Rhodes, at the Tabernacle (7.30pm (£6 / £8). Ange Boxall also provides some tender folk tunes.

Massively acclaimed writer David Peace talks to Cathi Unsworth about her latest, Ladbroke Grove-set, novel Bad Penny Blues at Notting Hill Waterstones (7pm, £3).

Indian music, poetry and dance from the palaces of the Maharajahs is on show at the Ondaatje Wing of the NPG (7pm, £5 / £4). Recitals come from Rajendra Singh Barbath and Kalla Khan Manganiyar.

Matthew Brown, Sara Nesbitt, Peter Ebsworth, Stephanie Gerra, Katrina Naomi, Derek Adams and Helen Adie are around to give the latest South Bank Poetry Magazine a rousing launch at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Friday: London Literature Lounge hosts performance artist Stacy Makishi, local writers and music by Lost Luggage (6.30pm, £5).

Saturday: Enheduanna was a poet living in ancient Mesopotamia. She - yes, she - was the first named poet. Fran Hazelton celebrates her work at Salisbury House Poets in Edmonton (7.30pm, £3.50 / £2.50).

Mulfran Press launches poetic pamphlets by Peter Daniels, Maureen Jivani and Malcolm Lewis at Bunhill Fields (4pm, free).

Sunday: If you need a break from the Camden Crawl, pop into LitroLive! at the Edinboro Castle (12-6pm). Philip Wilding, Murray Lachlan Young and Garth Cartwright bring the words, Errol Linton, Orlando Seale, Cellophane Flowers and Ana Silvera bring the tunes.

Tuesday: wordPLAY crams a mass of writers into the Good Ship in Kilburn tonight (8pm, £4.50 / £3.50). John Osborne, Catherine Martindale, Bronagh Fegan, Chris Horton, Liz Adams and Ray Morgan are there for your pleasure.

Last Updated 28 April 2010