London Book And Poetry Events: 28 November-4 December

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 74 months ago
London Book And Poetry Events: 28 November-4 December

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

Wednesday 28 November: Roddy Doyle, AL Kennedy, Adam O'Riordan and host Alex Clark record the Vintage Podcast at the Queen's Head near Piccadilly Circus (6.30pm, £5 for two tickets).

The middle of Bookslam's trilogy of events brings Jesse Armstrong, Peter Serafinowicz and Salena Godden to Rough Trade East (tickets free when you buy a book from them).

Poet Connie Bensley talks to Adam Phillips about her work at Lutyens and Rubinstein (7pm, £5).

Laurie Bolger hosts Jawdance at Rich Mix, featuring Sam Berkson, Yrsa Daley-Ward and more spoken word artists (7.30pm, free).

Former MP Chris Mullin talks about his political diaries – you might have seen A Walk On Part recently – at the National Theatre (6pm, £4 / £3), before a performance of the fantastic This House.

Martyn Crucefix talks about his translation of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5).

Thursday 29 November: We thoroughly enjoyed The Hardy Tree by Iphgenia Baal, so find out what she's done next at Trolley Books, where she launches her new book of short stories Gentle Art (7pm, free).

Luke Wright, Jackie Kay and Stephen K Amos round off Bookslam's week of events at the Tabernacle (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

An exhibition celebrating 200 years of Grimm's Fairy Tales opens at Foyles today.

Lyric L, Harry Baker, Simon Mole and Deanna Rodger perform at Chill Pill at the Albany in Deptford (7.30pm, £7 / £5).

Over the road at the Deptford Lounge, Arachne Press launch an anthology of short stories set along the London Overground (7pm, free).

Chris Redmond and Mel Jones are the guests at Bang Said the Gun's stand up poetry night (8pm, £5).

Saul Williams hosts a literary mix tape at the Southbank Centre with Warsan Shire, Inua Ellams and GREEdS (7.45pm, £15 / £12).

Watch Jane Bussman, Suzette Field, Kirsten Irving and Adam Biles fight it out for the title of Literary Death Match champion. Kate Williams, Boyd Hilton and Adam Kay pass judgement (7.30pm, £6 / £8).

Friday 30 November: Two of Londonist’s favourite spoken word artists, Inua Ellams and Jacob Sam-La Rose, are at the Richmond Literature Festival's Salon tonight (7.30pm, £7 / £5.50). Also in Richmond, catch Essie Fox, DE Meredith and Lynn Shepherd talking about Victorian fiction (7pm, £10 / £8.50).

John Cooper Clarke is at Twisting Tongues in Hanover Square (7.30pm, £16.50).

Katie Young, Paul Goulden, Bentley Crudgington, Natasha Tripney, Emma Fleming, Julie Balloo, David Morgan and Liam Hogan read grown up fairytales at Are You Sitting Comfortably at Toynbee Studios (7.30pm, £8).

See an exhibition of messages found in secondhand books, at Foyles.

Kat Francois hosts a night of comedy and poetry at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, with Tashaka Campbell, Dana Michelle Alexander, Annette Fagon and Dominique 'Variety D' Davis (8.15pm, £17.50 / £15).

Saturday 1 December: Take the kids to the Southbank Centre to see John Hegley, BREIS and Francesca Beard mess with words at Apples and Snakes's SPIN (11am, free).

Young Adult fantasy novelists James Dawson and Tom Pollock are at Clapham Books reading and talking about their books (2pm, free).

If you missed John Cooper Clarke yesterday, he plays The Albany in Deptford, hosted by Salena Godden and with support from Mike Garry (7.30pm, £16 / £12).

Michael Horovitz, Tim Cumming and Vanessa Vie take part in the New Moon Poetry Evening at MAP Studio Cafe in Kentish Town (8pm, £7).

Sunday 2 December: Rosemary Norman introduces Wendy French and Myra Barrs at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday 3 December: Spend an hour with the Private Eye team, including Ian Hislop, Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, John Sessions, Jan Ravens and Lewis Macleod, at the National Theatre (5.45pm, £5 / £4).

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

Will Self hosts a discussion on modernist writing and thinking in contemporary culture at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £8).

Coffee House Poetry presents the annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize with Jane Draycott and Bernard O'Donoghue (8pm, £7 / £6).

Tuesday 4 December: Literary agent Hannah Ferguson is giving a talk at Writers' Club Live (7pm, £15 / £20).

There's a triple choice from Daunt Books: Howard Jacobson talks about his novel Zoo Time at Keats House (£5), James Stourton looks at the great houses of London in Marylebone (7pm, £8) and Catherine Bailey discusses her gothic mystery The Secret Rooms in Chelsea (7pm, £8).

Journalist Gavin Esler talks about his books with Richard Osley at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, £3).

Brian Patten, Sam Berkson, Kate Tempest, Alan Howard, Christopher Reid, Kate Dimbleby, John Hegley and Michael Horovitz celebrate the life and work of Christopher Logue at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £10).

LiTTle MACHiNe bring their brand of poetry and music to Beyond Words at the Gipsy Hill Tavern (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

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

Last Updated 27 November 2012