London Book And Poetry Events: 19-25 September

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 142 months ago

Last Updated 19 September 2012

London Book And Poetry Events: 19-25 September

Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: Comedian Mark Watson launches his novel The Knot at St Giles in the Fields, then Waterstones Gower Street, from 6pm.

Will Wiles, Niven Govinden, Maggie Alderson and Zoe Howe duke it out at Literary Death Match, under the judgemental noses of Helen Smith, Wendy Wason and Tom Allen (8.15pm, £5 / £8).

Anjan Saha hosts short stories with Chris McCabe, Pascal O'Loughlin and Eightcuts Collective at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5).

Thursday: Natalie Haynes talks about her Ancient Guide to Modern Life at Windsor's Firestation Book Swap, alongside Stephanie Butland and hosts Scott Pack and Sarah Franklin (7.45pm, £5 or free with homemade cake).

Fergal Keane, Elif Shafak, Helen Bamber and Inua Ellams share their 99 words for peace at the Mosaic Rooms (7pm, £10 / £8).

Scarlett Thomas reads from her new book, Monkeys with Typewriters, and The End Of Mr Y at the Big Green Bookshop. She's very much a word of mouth writer, find out what the fuss is about (7pm, £5).

Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts and Katy Darby swing by Clapham Books to launch the Liars' League anthology (7.30pm, free).

Ben Target, justifiably shortlisted for the newcomer award at Edinburgh, joins Hollie McNish and the rest of the Bang Said the Gun gang at the Roebuck (8pm, £5).

Sophia Blackwell, North Morgan and Bobby Nayyar read at the Limehouse Salon in Soho (6.30pm, £5).

Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court hosts an evening of historical fiction and non-fiction: authors include Stella Duffy, Conn Iggulden and Lloyd Shepherd (6.30pm, £5).

Friday: Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites talk crime fiction at Chipping Barnet Library (6.30pm, £2).

Inua Ellams performs his Knight Watch on the roof of Deptford Lounge as night falls – talk about atmospheric (7.30pm, £10 / £8).

futureperfect launch a new night at the Poetry Cafe, Juke Box Story, featuring tales of the 1980s (7.30pm, £6 / £4).

Monday: Tarun J Tejpal is at Foyles talking about his thriller The Story of My Assassins (6.30pm, free).

Michael Rosen and friends commemorate nonsense poet Edward Lear at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Jonathan Harvey, Penny Arcade, Jesse Blackadder, Adam Lowe and Adrian Dalton are guests of Polari at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £5).

Tuesday: Will Self goes to Clapham Books with his Booker-shortlisted novel Umbrella (7.30pm, free).

Ziauddin Sardar hosts a discussion about the Prophet Muhammad, at Foyles (6.30pm, free).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's open mic night (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

Discover the far north of Finland from the comfort of Soho in the company of Nick Hennessey (8pm, £9 / £7).

Follow @LondonistLit for our pick of that day’s literary events.