Book Grocer: 24-30 November

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 98 months ago
Book Grocer: 24-30 November

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Geoff Dyer chats about his new collection of essays, charting a path through the cultural maze, at Lutyens & Rubinstein (7pm, £5).

Blake Morrison and Lee Langley ponder prequels and sequels at the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £7 / £6).

Detmar Blow's talking about his wife, Isabella, at Daunt in Chelsea (7pm, £5).

Hear works of the Romantic poets in the undeniably appropriate location of Keats House (7pm, £6 / £5).

John Stammers reads from his third collection in the Poetry Cafe basement (7pm, free), or catch Poetry in Translation upstairs with Donald Gardner and Sarah Lawson reading the work of Remco Campert and Jacques Prevert (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Thursday: The Firestation Book Swap comes to Peckham, as publisher Scott Pack chats to authors Cathy Rogers and DJ Connell. Bring a book to swap, expect cake and organised chaos (7.30pm, free).

Diana Athill, Geoff Dyer and Rupert Thomson join Patrick Neate for the inestimable Book Slam in the Tabernacle (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Kate Williams, Fiona Rule and Patrick Mercer talk about the Victorians for the London History Festival (7pm, £5).

Head to Kilburn for Tall Tales and music from Robert Hudson, Benet Brandreth, John Finnemore, Hannah Jones, Toby Davies, Susannah Pearse and Mike Westcott (8pm, £5).

Hear the poetry of Milena Rodríguez in Spanish with English translation at UCL (6.30pm, free).

If you liked the sound of Bang Said the Gun (and you should), make a beeline for the Roebuck. Tonight Murray Lachlan Young, Steve Larkin and Tim Wells join the regulars (8pm, £5).

Tongue Fu is back at Rich Mix with Kat Francois, AF Harrold, Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell and Talia Randall of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective (8pm, £7 / £5).

Owen Hatherley talks about the new ruins of Britain - all those riverside apartments and shopping malls - at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Sharon Dogar has retold Anne Frank's story through the eyes of her friend Peter. Find out more at England's Lane Books (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

Glasshouse Books celebrate their first birthday at Bookseller Crow with readings by Karen McLeod, Paul Burston, Debi Alper and Emma Darwin (7pm).

Wendy Shutler and Murray Shelmerdine are the Bloomsbury Voices at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £4).

Friday: Poet Luke Wright and his friends John Osborne, Martin Figura and Byron Vincent do a nasty little event at Richmond (8pm, £5 / £4).

Take your pick in Peckham: either hear tales of Rama and Sita from Sally Pomme Clayton and Sophie Herxheimer, or extracts from the East Dulwich Writers group's new anthology. Both 7.15pm, both free. Decisions, decisions...

Hylda Sims hosts Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe, joined by Anna Robinson, Matthew Barton and music from Liz Simcock (8pm).

Saturday: John Crace and John Sutherland take an irreverent swipe at literary pretension and solemnity at the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £7 / £6).

John Hegley and guests take elevenses at the Poetry Cafe (11am, £6 / £5) and, later, Agnieszka Studzinska, Angela Topping, Ruth Wiggins and Ewa Sidorenko shuffle some poetry (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Iain Sinclair and Stewart Home are among the UK writers collaborating with Icelandic poets. Hear them all at Rich Mix (7pm, free).

Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon and Richard Price reveal the results of their one-day residencies at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).

Apart, they are poet Jeremy Reed and musician Itchy Ear; together they are The Ginger Light. See them blur boundaries between spoken word and music at the Horse Hospital (7.30pm, £5).

Sunday: Salt Publishing brings Philip Gross and Angela Topping to the London Review Bookshop as part of their Children's Poetry Library series (11am, £3).

Geoff Dyer and Tony Parsons join up in Richmond to discuss the state of contemporary journalism and the modern essay (7pm, £10 / £8.50).

Louise Warren and Aoife Mannix are in Kentish Town for Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Like tigers? Of course you do. Then head down to this benefit for the Environmental Investigation Agency at the Screen on the Green for an evening with John Hegley, Charlie Dark, Howls, Liz Bentley, Dan Cockrill, Hadar Manor, Sean Taylor and Tony Husband (8.30pm, £15).

Not sure how John Hegley's doing that and this, but apparently he is: he hosts Beyond our Kennel at the Betsey Trotwood with Jane Ireland and more tbc (8.30pm, £8 / £5).

David Starkey charts the rise of the British Monarchy for the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £10 / £8.50).

The final Poejazzi of the year presents Ed Sheeran, Benin City, Raymond Antrobus, Louise Golbey, and Kaana Ellie and The Remedies (7pm, £8).

Pascale Petit introduces readings from poets who took part in the Poetry from Art course, at Tate Modern (6.45pm, free).

It's the fourth Troubadour International Poetry Prize celebration at Coffee House Poetry. Gwyneth Lewis, Maurice Riordan and 2010 prizewinners do their stuff (8pm, £7 / £6).

Tuesday: Jenny Diski considers our relationships with animals at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Bryan Talbot reveals what happens next to his graphic novel detective, as the Richmond Literature Festival draws to a close (7.30pm, £7 / £6).

Jane Miller talks about being in old in a society obsessed with youth, at Woolfson & Tay (6.30pm, £2).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's open mic night from 7.30pm (£4 / £3).

Last Updated 24 November 2010