London Book And Poetry Events: 24-30 October

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 63 months ago
London Book And Poetry Events: 24-30 October

Liz Bentley

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

Thursday 24 October

Tony White shows people round the Science Museum exhibition of Shackleton’s Man Goes South, for his novel of the same name, at – obviously – the Science Museum. £15 (includes book), 2pm

There's a shared audience reading of Alice Oswald's A Sleepwalk on the Severn at the Southbank Centre. £5, 8pm

One of our favourite poets and perfomers, Liz Bentley does her show AAA Rating at the Deptford Albany. There's support from Jonny Fluffypunk. £8 / £6, 7.30pm

Karen McCarthy Woolf joins Cicely Herbert, Piers Plowright and the Apollo Chamber Players at Keats House to celebrate Poems on the Underground. £5, prebook, 7pm

Daniel Cockrill and Sabrina Mahfouz take the floor at Bang Said the Gun. £7 / £5, 8pm

Patsy Antoine, Steve Pope, Sesay and Becky Nana Ayebia Clarke discuss the state of black British publishing at the CLR James library in Dalston. Free, 6.30pm

Susan Cooper joins Marcus Sedgwick at Waterstones Piccadilly to talk about her new novel Ghost Hawk. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

David Edmonds asks Would You Kill The Fat Man? at West End Lane Books. Free, prebook on 020 7431 3770 or info at, 7.30pm

Roger McGough, Julie Mullen and LiTTLe MACHiNe are at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. £14, 7.30pm

The week's reading at the Wapping Project comes from Andrew Motion. £6, 7pm

Friday 25 October

SJ Fowler launches Enemies, a collection of collaborations with with over 30 artists, photographers and writers, at Toynbee Studies with Penned in the Margins. Free, 7pm

Bernadine Evaristo introduces the tale of Mr Loverman at Deptford Lounge. Free, 7pm

Paul Morley debates the North and (almost) everything in it at Foyles. Free, prebook,6pm

Head to Housmans for the launch of Queer Haunts edited by G Abel-Watters and The Carrier Bag by John Dixon. Free, 7pm

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her novel The Signature of All Things at the Southbank Centre. £12 / £10, 7.30pm

Gaiutra Bahadur talks about her 'Coolie Woman' ancestor at the South Asian Literature Festival. £5, 6.30pm

Words Over Waltham Forest launches with the This Is Me exhibition and performance from Joelle Taylor, at Walthamstow Library. Free, 5pm

Kate Foley and Donald Gardner join Hylda Sims at the Poetry Cafe for Fourth Friday. £7 / £5, 8pm

Saturday 26 October

100 poets read in 50 pairs at a mammoth event at Rich Mix from the Camarade poetry project. Featuring Ross Sutherland, Tom Chivers, Kirsty Irving, Sam Riviere, George Szirtes, Julia Bird and 94 others. Free, from 2pm

Lucy Caldwell, Bill Broady, Ros Barber and graphic novelist Karrie Fransman are the guests at Word Factory #15 in Soho. £12 / £8, 6pm

Forest Poets perform poems inspired by artworks in the Writing on the Wall exhibition in Walthamstow. The reading's free, at 39 Orford Road, from 7pm

Jonathan Coe and Ali Smith have retold Gulliver and Antigone for children. Hear them talk about it at Daunt Books Marylebone. Free, prebook, 10.30am

Join creative classes in Waltham Forest, or tweet @HerbieHerb who's writing micropoems throughout the day.

The Travelling Talesman brings his stories to the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green. £5, 7pm

Poetry from Lemn Sissay and Ben Okri is set to music for a celebration of Martin Luther King at the Southbank Centre. £22.50 / £17.50, 7.30pm

Grab a day ticket for the South Asian Literature Festival and choose from events with Sarwat Chadda, Kamila Shamsie, Declan Walsh, Arun Ghosh and more. £15, from 11.30am

Sunday 27 October

Linda Rose Parkes and Nicky Mesch are the guests at Torriano Poets in Kentish Town. £5 / £3, 7.30pm

Monday 28 October

Malcolm Gladwell will attempt to change the way you see the world, at the Lyceum Theatre. £8-£60, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

Joe Sacco talks to David Boyd Haycock about WWI and trench warfare, at the London Review Bookshop. £10, 7pm

Martina Cole is at North Chingford Library (free, 7pm) as part of Words Over Waltham Forest. Or head to Leytonstone Library to hear John Rogers talking about This Other London (free, 7.30pm)

Tuesday 29 October

Celebrate the Poetry Library's 60th birthday at the Southbank Centre with Ian McMillan, Emily Berry, Fleur Adcock, John Agard, Daljit Nagra and many more. £15 / £12, 7.30pm

Daljit Nagra, storyteller Vayu Naidu and musician Ranjana Ghatak re-imagine the Ramayana at the British Library for the South Asian Literature Festival. £7.50 / £5, 6.30pm

Crime queen Martina Cole is in conversation at the Big Green Bookshop. £5, 7pm

Storyteller and image-maker Dave McKean talks about his work and latest project Nine Lives at Foyles. £6, 6.30pm

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the weekly open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. £5 / £4, 7.30pm

Wednesday 30 October

The fantastic Homework team (Ross Sutherland, Joe Dunthorne, Luke Wright, Tim Clare, John Osborne) take up the theme of transport at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. £5, 7.30pm

Another chance to catch Liz Bentley, this time with Rob Auton at the Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington. £5 / £3, 8pm

VG Lee, David McGrath, David Mildon and Cherry Potts tell haunting tales at The Ivy House in Nunhead, plus flash fiction from the floor. Free, 8pm

Forward Prize winning poet Emily Berry is at Lutyens & Rubinstein. £8, 7pm

Neil Spring gives an illustrated talk about his debut novel, The Ghost Hunters, at Waterstones Gower Street. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

AC Grayling is at Waterstones Hampstead talking friendship (and his new book, Friendship). £6 / £4, 7pm

Two Daunt Books events: Philip Kerr is in Hampstead talking about the latest in the Bernie Gunther series Prayer (£5, 7pm) while in Marylebone, Monocle founder Tyler Brûle offers a guide to better living (£8, 7pm)

Guy Adams talks about his novel The Clown Service with James Barclay at the Big Green Bookshop. Free, 7pm

David Lyall reads from his new collection A Million Acts of Resistance for Words Over Waltham Forest. Free, 5.30pm

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

Last Updated 23 October 2013