London Book And Poetry Events: 26 September-2 October

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 142 months ago

Last Updated 26 September 2012

London Book And Poetry Events: 26 September-2 October

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

Wednesday: True stories from Homework regulars Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright, John Osborne and Tim Clare plus special guests, including Molly Parkin (7.30pm, £5).

Skellig author David Almond talks to writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

If you're quick you can catch SF master Peter F Hamilton at Waterstones Trafalgar Square (2pm, £3), or go later to hear John Sugden talk about Lord Nelson (7pm, £5).

Stewart Home discusses Terry Taylor's novel Baron's Court All Change, at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter J Conradi about his biography of Frank Thompson, at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Jo Shapcott and Maurice Riordan perform poems inspired by Leonardo da Vinci at Buckingham Palace (6.30pm, £12.50).

Head to Kings Place to hear Rose Tremain talk to John Mullan about her latest novel, Restoration (7pm, £9.50).

Richard Tyrone Jones hosts Jawdance at Rich Mix, with poets Jenni Pascoe, Steve Urwin and Leslie Tetteh (7.30pm, free).

Dan Burt, Oli Hazzard, Julith Jedamus, Evan Jones, William Letford and James Womack are some of the Carcanet poets and are reading at the London Review Bookshop tonight (7pm, £7).

Thursday: Today's big events with JK Rowling and Salman Rushdie are sold out, but who needs them? Try Book Slam at the Tabernacle with Simon Armitage, Josh Kumbra, Mark Grist and hosted by Charlie Dark (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Chill Pill is at The Albany with spoken word from Mr Gee, Sabrina Mahfouz, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole, Kim-Leng Hills, Soweto Kinch and Jive Poetic (7.30pm, £7 / £5).

The Soho Literary Festival starts, with events featuring Michael Frayn, Dominic Sandbrook, Tony Parsons, Artemis Cooper, Craig Brown, Prue Leith and John Major (all tickets £9).

Joelle Taylor and Musa Okwonga are this week's poetry guests at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Professor Philip Spencer launches his book Genocide since 1945 at the Wiener Library (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

Friday: Kate Tempest starts the first of two nights at The Albany, with her show Brand New Ancients about everyday Gods (7.30pm, £12 / £10).

Celebrate International Translation Day at the London Review Bookshop with Anthea Bell talking to Daniel Hahn (7pm, £10).

At the Soho Literary Festival, you can see Michael Palin, Ruth Rendell and PD James, Ferdinand Mount and John Bird, Colin Thubron, Giles Coren and Jeremy Vine (all tickets £9).

Andy Kissane plus Smokestack Poets Victoria Bean, Brian Docherty, Owen Gallagher and Ruth Valentine are at the Poetry Cafe for Fourth Friday (8pm).

Saturday: Discover the lives of playwright John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Back in Soho, spend time with writers Kate Summerscale, Tim Lott, Ed Vulliamy, Steven Glover, Roy Greenslade, Simon Baron-Cohen, Pam Ayres, Mira Bar-Hillel and Charlie Mortimer (all tickets £9).

Gabriel Josopivici asks what happened to modernism, at the Southbank Centre (12pm, £8). Later, Jonathan Coe, Julia Jordan and Philip Tew discuss the life of BS Johnson (2.30pm, £8).

Amy Key, Jacqui Saphra and Gale Burns host The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Sunday: Enjoy the final day of the Soho Literary Festival with Timothy West and Prunella Scales reading children's poems, Piers Brendon, Jane Ridley, Marina Lewycka, Fay Weldon, Virginia Ironside, Clive Stafford Smith, Lindsey Hilsum, Patrick Cockburn, a classics quiz with Mary Beard and Craig Taylor, Immodesty Blaize, Dan Cruikshank and Barry Cryer performing some Soho Stories (all tickets £9).

Andy Kissane and Alison Wong are the guests at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Daunt Books in Chelsea present an evening of Italian literature with Pietro Grossi, Tobias Jones and Rosie Goldsmith (7pm, £5).

Celebrate Picador's 40th birthday with a metric fuckton of excellent writers at Kings Place, including Jon Ronson, Jackie Kay, Stuart Evers, Naomi Wood and Ed Docx (7pm, £9.50).

Spark London are telling stories at the Canal Cafe Theatre (7.30pm, £8).

This should be fun: Luke Wright is at the Soho Theatre in the company of Ross Sutherland and Rob Auton (8pm, £10).

Exiled Writers Ink present stories of exile, detention and survival at the Poetry Cafe, from Hubert Moore, Jade-Amoli Jackson, Mohad Hamdam, Kate Adams, Niran Oladipo Falade, Haymanot Tesfa and Bahriye Kemal (7.30pm, £4 / £2).

Tuesday: David Baddiel and DT Max discuss the life, work and legacy of David Foster Wallace at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £8).

Dr Michael Stewart launches The Gypsy 'Menace' at the Wiener Library (6.30pm, free).

Ben Aaronovitch introduces Samit Basu at Waterstones Piccadilly (7pm, £3 / £1.50).

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