Book Grocer: 4-10 August

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 101 months ago
Book Grocer: 4-10 August

BookGrocer1.jpg According to the Guardian and Independent, book events are the place to be. We've all known that for ages, so here's the week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Martyn Crucefix, Mario Petrucci, Anna Robinson and Myra Schneider are all reading from new poetry collections at the Southbank Centre's Poetry Library to celebrate 40 years of Enitharmon Press. It's free, but you'll need a ticket (8pm, booking transaction fee £1.45 / £2.50).

Head to the Poetry Cafe to catch Alec Bell, Alan Franks, Mark Walton and performers from Y Tuesday and Sweet Thursday at Dog Days Night Again (8pm, £1).

Debate whether bookselling is a dying art at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green (7pm, free). There are people on the panel who really should know.

Thursday: You might need to work fast to snaffle tickets to the Book Swap on tour at the London Review Bookshop. Scott Pack and Marie Phillips chat to Patrick Neate and James Miller, as well as handing round cake (7.30pm, £6 / free if you bring homemade cake. Don't forget to take a book to swap).

Penned in the Margins has a wonderful line-up at Aubin and Wills (7pm, free). Acclaimed poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell, Clare Pollard - who we loved at Literary Death Match - Aisle 16 member Joe Dunthorne and Simon Barraclough, whose latest work is the excellently titled Bonjour Tetris, are all on the bill.

Farrago present their latest SLAM at the RADA foyer bar (7.30pm, £5 / £3). New Zealander Penny Ashton, Hamza Beg, Anna Chen, Fran Landesman, Pierre Ringwald, Afua Wilcox and a fusion of music and poetry from Las Zorras all mingle with hopeful open mic-ers.

Chris Abbot discusses some of the pivotal speeches that have shaped our world at Waterstone's Gower Street (6pm).

Friday: Not a huge amount going on today, so why not join a pub crawl in honour of Charles Fort, who gave his name to all things Fortean. Starts at 6.30pm outside Fort's London home, 39a Marchmont Street.

Saturday: Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts are at Housmans, discussing Soho's dark underbelly (5pm).

Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger host PLAY at the Richmond Waterfront, in support of Mencap. Spoken word comes from Jodi Ann Bickley, Matt Windle, Words in Motion, Point Blank Poets and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, plus music and cabaret (12pm, free).

Catch Sonnets in the Summertime this weekend at Keats House (2pm / 4pm Saturday and Sunday). The performances run for six weeks with different sonnets each weekend - they promise that if you attend each one, you'll hear every sonnet Keats wrote.

Sunday: Jumoke Fashola presents an entwining of jazz and performance poetry upstairs at Ronnie Scott's (7.30pm, £7).

Monday: Authors Ned Beauman, Natasha Solomons and Adam Thirlwell say To Hell with the Lighthouse at Peter Parker's Rock n Roll Club on Denmark Street (7.30pm, free). This is another of those 'cool' events highlighted by the broadsheets - catch it while everyone else is on holiday.

Experimental arts group The Gruntlers are at the Poetry Cafe to regale you with their blend of poetry, music and film (7pm, £5 / £3).

Tuesday: It's open mic night down at the Poetry Cafe. Niall O'Sullivan hosts (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Last Updated 04 August 2010