Book Grocer: 21-27 July

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 102 months ago
Book Grocer: 21-27 July

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Lee Rourke reads from his new novel, The Canal, and answers questions at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green (7pm, free).

Travis Elborough takes you on a tour round England's seaside from the comfort of the Stoke Newington Bookshop at 8pm (£2).

Paul Eccentric hosts Edward TudorPole, plus other poetic ranters and ravers, at the Poetry Cafe for RRRant Poetry Night (8pm).

Apples and Snakes heads over to RichMix for Jawdance (7.30pm, free), with Esther Poyer, Ralph Swift, Zionite, Clair Whitefield and Captain of the Rant among the poets and singers. Plus you, if you want, cos there's an open mic.

Thursday: Back at Wood Green's Big Green Bookshop, Orange New Writers shortlisted author Evie Wyld reads and chats about her novel. Probably best to get there early to bag a place (7pm, free).

Bloomsbury Voices is having a nice picnic at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £4), with Stephanie Gerra and Wendy Shutler, plus songs by Ben Richardson and Catherine Paver.

Litro Live!'s summer party should be a blast: host Paul Lyalls introduces Joe Dunthorne, Sabrina Mahfouz, Mark Pilkington, Murray Lachlan Young and Brigitte Voutsa in Kensal Rise (6pm, £5).

Ambit magazine launches issue 201, with Dr Martin Bax, at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town (6.45pm).

Jammie Sammy and the-getting-a-bit-famous-actually Luke Wright are at Bang Said the Gun, along with the regulars and the infamous Tequila open mic slot (8pm, £5).

Camden Writer in Residence Aoife Mannix and Anthony Joseph are at Leading Edge, a free (but you should book) evening of poetry and spoken word at Swiss Cottage library (7pm).

Farrago's celebrating the holidays with a School's Out SLAM! AF Harrold, Fran Landesman, Rachel Rose Reid and Suli Breaks are some of those poets performing (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

Friday: John Carlin, author of Playing the Enemy (it went on to inspire the film Invictus), appears at the Earl's Court Festival to talk about his book and the match (8pm, £7 / £5).

Saturday: Graham Marks and Precious Williams are the two writers manning the drop-in Author's Surgery at the Big Green Bookshop (from 12pm, free). Ask their advice, get feedback on your synopsis as well as some inspiration.

For your little 'uns, Apples and Snakes have rappers, poets and storytellers not once, but twice, at Kings Place (1pm / 4pm, £4.50).

Ponder 'other Londons' at Housmans from 5pm. Alan Morrison, David Kessel, John O'Donoghue, Tom Jayston and Jan Bradley are the poets inviting you into their imaginations.

Performance poet and writer Inua Ellams leads a 12 hour night-time ramble around London for Spread the Word. It starts at 6pm from Vauxhall bus station and costs a mere fiver.

Sunday: Katy Evans-Bush and Richard Tyrone Jones are at Torriano poets in Kentish Town (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Stewart Lansley and Mark Hollingsworth, authors of Londongrad, dive into the world of Russian oligarchs at the Earl's Court Festival (7pm, £7 / £5).

Aisle16, the "ex-poetry boyband", bring the summer festival vibe back to East London at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Also doing their Homework are Tim Clare, Joe Dunthorne, Chris Hicks, John Osborne, Ross Sutherland and Luke Wright (7.30pm, £5).

Tuesday: War reporters Jill McGivering and Stephen Grey talk about covering conflict at the Earl's Court Festival (7pm, £7 / £5).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's open mic night (7.30pm, £4 / £3) - why not try your hand?

Last Updated 21 July 2010