Book Grocer: 16-22 June

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 98 months ago
Book Grocer: 16-22 June

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: The Michael Marks Awards for poetry pamphlets take place tonight at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4). Ali Smith, Jo Shapcott and Richard Price have sat in judgement on six poets - and while we're totally unbiased, we'd like to point out that Tom Chivers is one of the brains behind the excellent London Word Festival so, you know, yay.

Poems on the Underground launch their summer set at St Giles, Cripplegate (7.30pm, £15 / £10, book at the Barbican) with classical music and readings from Gillian Clarke and Gerard Benson.

Music and spoken word collective OneTaste is at Koko with performances from Kate Tempest, Oi Va Voi and Portico Quartet (7pm, £15).

Apples and Snakes have gathered a group of performance poets to provide an antidote to the World Cup at the Soho Theatre (8pm, £8 / £6), including Liz Bentley and, all the way from the West Coast, Hollis Wong-Wear.

Thursday: It's Bookswap time again! Down in Windsor, historian Edward Vallance and novelist Emma Darwin join Marie Phillips and Scott Pack on the world's squashiest sofa (7.45pm, £5 / free if you bring homemade cake). Swap books (Londonist is taking some Julian Barnes, FYI), chat and biscuits.

Whose Muse is it Anyway? Why don't you get yourself down to the Free Word Centre in Farringdon and find out? Booktrust presents a night of performance poetry with Dizraeli, Laura Dockrill, Doc Brown and Luke Wright (7pm, £5).

Poet in the City heads to the National Portrait Gallery for an evening exploring the role of poets and thinkers in the construction of national identities. With representation from Cuba, Wales and the former Czechoslovakia, hosted by poet John Mole (7pm, £6 / £4).

Friday: A Cabaret of Curiosities is available for your pleasure at the Poetry Cafe: appearing out of it (metaphorically) are Project Adorno, Pog, Steve Paradis and Robert Yates (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Today sees the start of the London Review Bookshop's World Literature Weekend. Today you can choose between Alain Mabanckou with Helen Stevenson (2pm), Hamid Ismailov with Robert Chandler (4pm) or (and?) Elias Khoury with Jeremy Harding (7pm). All tickets are £8, venues vary.

Saturday: TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Hugo Williams is in conversation at the London Buddhist Centre (7.30pm, £7), as well as reading from his work.

Foyles hosts their Summer Scream of spooky delights between 12-4pm (free, but make sure you reserve a place in advance). Rachel Caine, Sarah Rees Brennan, Sarwat Chadda and Roderick Gordon are among the authors making you sleep with the light on.

Actor Donald Pelmear performs the 45 sonnets of "Adam begat Cain" by Jack Harvey in his show, How to Live Dangerously When You're 85, at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, free). The twist? You decide the order they're performed.

World Literature Weekend is still, lest we forget, happening in venues around Bloomsbury. There's live translation at 12pm, Hisham Matar and Ahdaf Soueif (2pm), Tahar Ben Jelloun, Atiq Rahimi and Eli Amir on exile and language (4pm), and Yang Lian with Iain Sinclair and Brian Holton (7pm). All tickets cost £8.

Sunday: There's an afternoon of garden poetry at Keats House (3pm, free with a ticket to the house - £5 / £3).

The final day of World Literature Weekend is today (boo). Yekaterina Korotkova-Grossman and Robert Chandler discuss the life and work of Vasily Grossman (2pm) while Michael Hofmann, George Szirtes, Stephen Vizinczey and Tomáš Zmeškal talk about writers from Central Europe (4pm). All tickets cost £8.

Monday: Hair Power - Skin Revolution is a new collection of poetry and essays by black and mixed-race women, from Shangwe. Writers Amanda Epe and Daniella Blechner read and answer questions at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £3 / £2).

Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney help launch Magma 47 at Coffee House Poetry (8pm, £7 / £6).

Writer and activist Sheila Rowbotham is at the British Library talking about her new book, a history of the early woman's movement (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Tuesday: Wendy French and Hylda Sims are at the Shortlands Poetry Circle in Bromley to celebrate summer (2.30pm, £5).

It's back to Poet in the City to celebrate Portuguese-language poet Fernando Pessoa (7pm). His work will be read out in the original language, and in translation, at Bridewell Hall.

Fanny Howe reads and launches her new collection, Emergence, alongside Tom Raworth, at the Blue Bus (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Last Updated 16 June 2010