A slimmed-down-for-summer look at the week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Literary Death Match heads back to Concrete in Shoreditch: Todd Zuniga and Ann Heatherington keep an eye on proceedings, including judges Emmy the Great, Miriam Elia and John Paul Pryor, and contestants Gavin James Bower, Abigail Tarttelin, Jack Underwood and Hallie Rubenhold (8.15pm. £7 / £5).
Mark Bostridge takes us through his new biography of Florence Nightingale - the first major one in over 50 years - at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).
Loose Muse lets women writers break out their words at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).
Thursday: Polarbear and jazz pianist Leon Michener gather 12 emerging artists from the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and Jazzphonica under the banner of Generation Mixtape at the Whitechapel Gallery. Expect an exploration of London and how we live in it (7pm, £6).
Saturday: Take the kids to the British Museum between 11.30am and 3.30pm to create their own comic book (free).
Martin Burl is the guest poet for Poets Anonymous at the United Reform Church in Croydon (2.30pm, £2).
Katharine Hibbert will be explaining how she managed to live free in London for a year at Housmans bookshop (5pm, free).
Sunday: American Matthew Stadler writes about city life and public space. Hear him talk about his work at the ICA (7pm, free, booking required).
Tuesday: Storyteller Kevin Graal takes littlest Londonists (and bigger ones, too) on a journey of discovery round the British Library (11am-12.30pm, 2.30-4pm, free).
Poets Adrian Clarke, Wayne Clements and Michael Zand get on the Blue Bus for a reading at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).