Book Grocer: 8-14 September

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 91 months ago
Book Grocer: 8-14 September

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Dan Cruickshank talks about the secret history of Georgian London - and how the sex industry influenced the city - at Pages of Hackney (7pm, £3).

Loose Muse at the Poetry Cafe is the place to see women poets do their stuff (8pm, £5 / £3).

Thursday: The SW11 Literary Festival kicks off in style with Will Self talking about his new book, Walking to Hollywood, at the Battersea Arts Centre (7pm, £8).

Playwright and novelist Michael Frayn talks about his life at Foyles (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

George Szirtes and David Constantine are the poets at Lauderdale House tonight (8pm, £5 / £3).

Selina Hastings talks about the correspondence between Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford at Keats House, in conjuction with Daunt Books (7pm, £5).

Part of Tilt at Kings Place, you can catch performance poets Luke Wright, Laura Dockrill, Zena Edwards, Charlie Dark and Mellow Baku at 10pm (£4.50).

Friday: Still at Kings Place, Tilt does storytelling: Debs Newbold (3pm, £4.50), Jess Smith (4.15pm, £4.50) and Taffy Thomas (5.30pm, £4.50) want to tell you about The Magpie's Nest.

Project Adorno, Joe Duggan, Lizelah Thaugally and Patric Cunnane are all at Dodo Modern Poets at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday: Did you win tickets to the Indie Alliance weekend at Foyles (starts at 12.15pm, £15 / £12 for one day, £25 / £20 both days)? Never mind, parting with cash shouldn't be too hard for a line-up like this. Today you can catch Mick Jackson, Emma Craigie, Amanda Smyth and Margaret Elphinstone discussing writing about what you don't know, PD James, Philip Kerr, Adam Creed and Elizabeth Wilson talking crime, and Barry Miles, Paul Willetts, Rob Chapman and Max Schaefer chatting about the counterculture.

Poet in the City presents seven new Faber poets at Kings Place with their more established mentors: Maurice Riordan introduces Annie Katchinska and Sam Riviere (3pm, £4.50), Jo Shapcott brings Fiona Benson, Jack Underwood and Joe Dunthorne (4.15pm, £4.50), while David Harsent gives you Heather Phillipson and Toby Martinez de las Rivas (5.30pm, £4.50).

Part of the SW11 Literary Festival, Paul Lyalls runs a poetry workshop at Northcote Library (10am, £5) and Natasha and David Solomons talk about working and writing together at Waterstone's (7pm, £3).

Sunday: Back at Foyles for the Indie Alliance weekend (starts at 11am, £15 / £12 for one day), Max Schaefer, Alex Preston, Jean Baggott and Aifric Campbell do a spot of speed-authoring, Helen Castor, Lucy Worsley, Lisa Hilton, Kitty Ferguson and Rachel Hewitt talk history, Rupert Thomson, Jean Baggott and Jenny Diski discuss memoirs, debut novelists Anne Peile, Emily Woof, Deborah Kay Davies, Alice de Smith and Laura Barton reveal the pain of getting your book published, and Geoff Dyer, Andrea Gillies, Colin Evans and Joe Moran chew over non-fiction.

Jumoke Fashola and Carrie Grant present jazz and spoken word at the monthly Jazz Verse Jukebox (7.30pm, £7).

Monday: If you want exclusives, Marie Phillips reads from her as-yet untitled and unfinished new novel at To Hell With The Lighthouse (7.30pm, free). Debut novelists Anjali Joseph and Jean Hannah Edelstein read from their work and the new magazine Fat Quarter gets a launch.

The Gruntlers get busy with poetry, music and film at the Poetry Cafe (7pm, £5 / £3). David Parry hosts.

Tuesday: The Flow Festival at the Free Word Centre starts with a human crossword (4pm, free) and a literary quiz at the Betsey Trotwood (7pm, £1 per player).

Seamus Heaney reads from his new collection, Human Chain, at the Southbank Centre (7.30pm, £12).

Crime novelist Jed Rubenfeld is at Foyles, your only chance to see him in London (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

Back in SW11, Persephone Books founder Nicola Beauman talks publishing at Waterstone's (7pm, £3).

Children's author Georgia Byng reads at the newly opened England's Lane Books in Hampstead (6.30pm).

Last Updated 08 September 2010