Book Grocer: 22-28 September

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 96 months ago
Book Grocer: 22-28 September

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Kate Fox and Matt Harvey are with Apples and Snakes at the Soho Theatre (8pm, £8 / £6).

The only thing that isn't (yet) sold out at today's Flow Festival at the Free Word Centre is a discussion about the route to publication, with authors, agents and creative writing tutors (6.30pm, £10 / £5).

Vayu Naidu and her company of storytellers are at The Duchess as part of the SW11 Literary Festival (7.30pm, £5).

Bang Said the Gun are on tour at the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town (7.45pm, £5). Joining the regulars are Pete the Temp and Alan Wolfson.

Jonathan Lee and Jennie Rooney read and answer questions at Islington Waterstone's (6.30pm).

Thursday: Plectrum Live is a mixture of author readings, poetry, music and film. Travis Elborough, Karen McLeod, Benedict Newbery and Guy Sangster Adams are your lit people for the evening (7.30pm, £6).

Kat Banyard and Catherine Redfern talk feminism at Pages of Hackney from 7pm (£3).

Back at the Free Word Centre, there's a look at haikus and Christmas cracker-making for children (4pm) and a discussion about the future of literary criticism from English PEN, with Sam Leith, Lynne Hatwell (AKA blogger dovegreyreader), Erica Wagner and Alex Clark (6.30pm, £6 / £3).

Daniel Cockrill, Martin Galton and Rob Auton are joined by Charlie Dark and Emilie Zoey Baker at Bang Said the Gun, back in SE1 (8pm, £5).

Robin Walker discusses the slave trade at Islington Waterstone's (6.30pm).

Guy Deutscher argues that our language affects the way we think and how we see the world, at Battersea Waterstone's for the SW11 Literary Festival (7pm, £5).

Friday: Antonia Fraser talks about her life with Harold Pinter at the Savile Club for English PEN (6.30pm, £15).

Britain meets Norway at the Poetry Cafe: Sam Riviere, Jeff Hilson, Sean Bonney and Agnes Lehoczky have been working with Norwegian writers Endre Ruset, Paal Bjelke Andersen, Audun Mortensen and rock-star-poet Jenny Hval (6pm). Fourth Friday follows at 8pm.

Poet Matthew Harvey performs from his new collection, Where Earwigs Dare, at the Battersea Arts Centre for the SW11 Literary Festival (7pm, £5).

David Pennac and Quentin Blake chat schooldays at the Flow Festival (6.30pm, £6 / £3).

Saturday: We love these publisher days at Foyles, and today is the turn of Penguin (11am, £15 / £12). The first panel looks at Penguin Classics, cover designs and those fabulous little books in the Great Ideas series. Later, Dominic Sandbrook and John Lanchester talk about non-fiction and Colm Toibin and David Vann debate changing tastes and habits in fiction, and there's also a discussion on the publishing process.

Bookstart Rhymetime is for babies and toddlers at the Flow Festival (10am), while John Hegley and Matt Rudkin host two workshops - how to be a silly family (11.30am, free) and clowns and poetry (2pm, £20 / £10). Later, Martin Figura tells the more adult story of the death of his mother (7.30pm, £6 / £3).

Eat with food writer Josceline Dimbleby at the SW11 Literary Festival (12.30pm, £20).

Adam O'Riordan, Christopher Reid and Alan Brownjohn kick off the Travel Bookshop's poetry season (7pm, £5).

Dinah Livingstone launches her new collection Poetic Tales: Logosofia Down to Earth at Torriano Meeting House (6pm, free).

Saran Green rounds off Apples and Snakes's programme at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern's Duckie from 9pm (£6).

Monday: Louise Doughty, Andrew Parker, Mark Haddon, Ruby Wax and Kate Daudy are the five talking for 15 minutes about what inspires them, at the Union Chapel (7pm, £15 / £12).

There's Man Booker talk at the V&A (7pm, £15 including wine reception). Current shortlist nominee Howard Jacobson and 2009 nominee Adam Foulds are in conversation about their work and inspiration.

John Hegley is Beyond Our Kennel at the Betsey Trotwood (9pm) with guests Tortoise Enigma, Fig Roll Fun and No Hamsters.

Creator of Zog, Julia Donaldson, is signing books at England's Lane Books at 12 (if you're working, don't worry - call them and they'll get her to sign a book for you. Aw).

There's a discussion about violence against journalists at the Free Word Centre (6pm, free).

The SW11 Literary Festival holds a literary pub quiz at the Latchmere from 6.30pm (£1).

Tuesday: Robert McCrum hosts a debate about technology and publishing, with Dan Franklin, Gordon Willoughby and Bill Thompson, at the Flow Festival (6.30pm, £10 / £5).

Excellent performance poet Laura Dockrill is doing her stuff at the Big Green Bookshop tonight (7pm).

Melissa Wareham talks about her book and work at Battersea Dog's Home at Waterstone's, part of the SW11 Literary Festival (7pm, £3).

There's a balloon debate at Foyles - which is the most fashionable sociologist, Foucault, Zizek or Baudrillard? (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place.)

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's open mic night if you fancy a go (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Last Updated 22 September 2010