Book Grocer: 8-14 December

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 95 months ago
Book Grocer: 8-14 December

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Hermione Lee, Jonathan Bate, Elleke Boehmer and Nicholas Boyle debate aspects of national literature at the The Royal Society (6.30pm, free, followed by a drinks reception).

Darren Hayman, Rob Auton, Joelle Taylor and former SLAMbassador winner Aisling Fahey are the Waltham Forest Poets at Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub in Walthamstow (7.30pm, £5). Mike Sims, Olivia Sprinkel, Norman Andrews and Ian Parker offer support.

Inua Ellams presents a night of eerie African tales at the Albany (8pm, £9 / £6), alongside Jan Blake, Tuup and Alex Oma-Pius.

Agnes Meadow hosts Loose Muse at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3), London's only regular event for women writers.

Thursday: At the Ministry of Stories, Jon Ronson reads from his new work on psychopaths, Joe Dunthorne from his Ministry-commissioned short story and Fiona Bevan sings songs. Book now, this will sell out fast (7.30pm, £10, all proceeds to the Ministry's literacy work).

If you can cope with such an idea, Daunt has a double helping of Peter Mandelson. See him at 1pm at the Cheapside shop for a signing, or in conversation with David Aaronovitch at Marylebone (7pm, £8).

New night Word Migrants comes to Exmouth Market's Cottons Restaurant. Dzifa Benson and Naomi Waddis host stories from Leila Segal, Agnes Meadows, Rachel Rose Reid, Gemma Weekes, Courttia Newland and Marcus Begg (£6 / £10 with dinner).

The Private Eye team sign copies of this year's annual at Waterstone's Leadenhall Market at lunchtime (12.30-1.30pm).

Dr Santanu Das gives the 2010 Chatterton Lecture on Poetry at the Royal Society. Subject? DH Lawrence (5.30pm, free).

Friday: WB Yeats is celebrated at the Free Word Centre tonight (6.30pm, £7.50). Expect readings and accounts from his life, encounters and loves.

Mick Imlah is remembered at Senate House by Martin Amis, Alan Hollinghurst, John Fuller, Alan Jenkins, Andrew Motion and Helen Simpson (6pm, free).

Emile Sercombe, Jasmine Ann Cooray, Frances White and Patric Cunnane let loose Christmas crackers for Dodo Modern Poets at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday: Charlie Dark hosts Ty's Something Big Xmas Special at the Albany, with support from Conrad the Scoundrel, Debris, Aks and Obenew A (8pm, £10).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the 'Sonnet Hack' pamphlet launch at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, free).

Sunday: The Firestation Book Swap does a junior edition for kids in Windsor with author Guy Bass (2pm, free).

Frances Beard, Jacob Sam la Rose and the Westend Gospel Choir join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott's (7.30pm, £7).

Linda Rose Parkes and Katherine Gallagher are the Torriano Poets, plus words from the floor (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: There's Dark Fairytales at Kings Place with Anjan Saha, Olumide Popoola, Sabrina Mahfouz, Baden Prince Jr and Dzifa Benson (7pm, £9.50).

Formerly known as To Hell with the Lighthouse, The Book Stops Here hits Peter Parker's Rock n Roll Club with Evie Wyld, Sathnam Sanghera and Matthew Crawford (7.30pm, free).

Stella Duffy heads up Polari at the Southbank Centre, with Marcus Reeves, Molly Parkin and Andrew Kay (7.45pm, £5).

Once Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Tale at the Poetry Cafe unleashes performance poetry from Leon Conrad (7.30pm).

Michael Horovitz, Mike West, Jazzman John and Bernadette Reed and her band are at the Prince of Greenwich (7.30pm, £5).

Coffee House Poetry gets superstitious with guest poets reading favourite words on the theme (8pm, £7 / £6).

Tuesday: Amy Sackville, Robert Hudson, Susan Barker and John Lucas square off at Literary Death Match, hoping not to spatter blood on judges Shaun Keaveny, Greg Stekelman and Karen McLeod (8.15pm, £5).

Daniel Cockrill hosts Poetry in the Square at Woolfson & Tay (7.30pm, £4), with Anti-Poet, Meryl Jones and open mic-ers.

There's more open mic action at the Poetry Cafe with Niall O'Sullivan (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Ruth O'Callaghan presents Rosie Bailey and Geraldine Paine at the Lumen Poetry Series (7pm, £5 / £4).

Last Updated 07 December 2010