Book Grocer: 7 - 13 April

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 102 months ago
Book Grocer: 7 - 13 April

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: The Spring issue of Poetry Review gets a storming launch at the British Library tonight (7pm, £6 / £4). Glyn Maxwell and Maitreyabandhu will demonstrate their considerable talents.

SNP MSP Christopher Harvie will explain his (perhaps not terribly neutral) opinion of Gordon Brown, from his book Broonland, at Housmans (7pm).

Thursday: We've not mentioned Bang Said the Gun for a while, have we? Time to remedy that. AF Harrold and Hissing at Swans join anyone brave enough to do the Tequila Shot open mic slot (8pm, £5 / £3).

John Barlow presents a moreish tour through Galicia via its food at the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill (7pm, £3).

Exiled Writers Ink want to tell you that Something Happened in Iran - poetry and music for freedom of speech at the Free Word Centre (6.15pm, £5). There's a whole host of writers, including Afshin Babzadeh and Jane Duran.

Friday: Book ahead to hear Lee Jackson discuss Victorian pleasure gardens at the Museum of London (1pm). His research used exhibits that will go on display in the Museum's soon-to-open Galleries of Modern London.

Take your youngsters to Wood Green for the launch of Sam Enthoven's Crawlers, his third adventure book for 11-15 year olds, at the Big Green Bookshop (6.30pm, free).

Saturday: Twelve poets - including Jane Draycott, Roddy Lumsden and Chris McCabe - have slashed up the film Psycho between them - head down to the BFI (7.30pm, £5) to discover what they made of it.

Feminist textbook Gender Matters in Global Politics gets its launch at Housmans (5pm). Cynthia Cockburn and Dibyesh Anand will be on hand to discuss their chapter contributions.

Monday: Benazir's niece, Fatima Bhutto, chats with Henry Porter about her family's history and her opinion about the current Pakistan regime as outlined in her book Songs of Blood and Sword (Kings Place, 7pm, £9.50).

Tuesday: Philip Pullman - not exactly known for his timid views on Christianity - and Gresham Professor of Divinity Richard Harries discuss Pullman's latest work: a retelling of the life of Jesus. This could get interesting. (Free Word Centre, in conjunction with English PEN, 6.30pm, £8 / £5).

Acumen is celebrating its 25th birthday by publishing an anthology from the first 60 issues. Bonhams hosts the launch party (6.30pm).

Liars' League gets actors to perform short works in the Phoenix pub in Cavendish Square (7.30pm, £5). This month's theme is historical fiction (and check out future nights if you fancy submitting work yourself).

Authors Aamer Hussein and Ali Sethi debate the evolution of Pakistani fiction at Asia House (6.45pm, £10 / £6), with journalist Moni Mohsin.

Two poetry nights round off the week: Anthony Rudolf, Martin Anderson and Tom Lowenstein perform at The Blue Bus (The Lamb, WC1, 7.30pm, £5 / £3), while Clare Crossman, John Lucas and poets from the floor are the Shoestring Poets at Lumen (6.30pm, £4 / £3).

Last Updated 07 April 2010