Londonist is hosting two events as part of the Lewisham Literary Festival this Thursday.
M@ Brown is taking over Lewisham Library to chat to the authors of three great Londony books that have come out in the last few months: Iphgenia Baal, who wrote the brilliantly inventive The Hardy Tree; Mark Mason, who walked the tube network above ground; and Paul Talling - AKA Derelict London - whose book about London's lost rivers is packed with hidden gems.
A few minutes walk down the road, Lindsey Clarke introduces seven electric performance poets:
- You might know Ross Sutherland (pictured) from Homework, with Joe Dunthorne, Tim Clare and Luke Wright, and appearances at the London Word Festival
- Nikesh Shukla got Costa shortlisted for his novel Coconut Unlimited and is a rapper and now sitcom writer as well as a poet
- Janett Plummer performs with Apples and Snakes and has wiped the floor at various poetry SLAMs
- Nii Ayikwei Parkes is an awesome poet and novelist, writer for radio and social commentator
- Jacob Sam-La Rose is responsible for a ton of performance poetry programmes at places like the Barbican, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse
- Ronnie McGrath is a poet, creative writing lecturer - and he opened the 1994 Commonwealth Games
- Liz Bentley is a poet-slash-musician-slash-comedian and fantastic to watch
For more Londony stuff, the Festival is also holding an illustrated talk about the history of the docklands tonight from 8pm (£4).
Both events take place on Thursday 15th September. M@ will be at Lewisham Library, 199-210 Lewisham High Street, from 8pm - doors at 7.45pm - and it's free. Space is limited so get there early. Lindsey and the poets will be at St Swithun's church hall, St Swithun's Road off Hither Green Lane, from 7.30pm - doors at 7pm - tickets cost £4 and can be bought in advance. See the Lewisham Literary Festival website for more information.
Photo of Ross Sutherland by Rosie Reed Gold