Things To Do In London: Monday 5 October 2015

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Folly And The Hunter perform in Islington

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The annual Courtauld book sale begins today, with thousands of books available to buy. All proceeds support student travel grants. Expect brand-new, second hand books and rare out-of-print editions. Entry free, books from £1, 5-9 October

The World Illustration Awards exhibition will once again be at Somerset House, with work by the winners available to view from the worlds of books, advertising, design and editorial. Free, just turn up, 5 October-1 November

Head to the St Bride Foundation on Fleet Street for a lunchtime poetry session in the bar. Speakers are Tim Wells and Jessie Pie (MC Isabel White). Free, just turn up, 12.30pm-2pm

Gresham College holds a Museum of London lecture about artefacts and the study of life in Roman London. Find out how items including jewellery and domestic utensils give an insight into the past. Free, just turn up, 1pm

Tonight's National Theatre Platform features director Sally Cookson talking to Rachel Cooke about her adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre. £4/£3, prebook, 5.30pm

Leicester Square Theatre hosts the New Comedian Of The Year Heats. Get tickets and head down there to see raw comedy, and support your favourite to get them through to the next round. £5, 6.45pm/9pm

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Head to The Frontline Club in Paddington to watch Althea, a documentary about African-American tennis player Althea Gibson, who was the first African-American player to compete in a US national tennis competition. Screening followed by a Q&A with director Rex Mille. £10, 7pm

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Learn the history of (and taste) the Caribbean spirit — try four different tasters as you hear the story of rum at Merchant House in Bank. £20, 7.30pm

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Pick up your paintbrush at The Jam Tree in Chelsea and have a go at painting fireworks all over London in an informal art class. £25, 7.30pm

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Catch indie band Folly And The Hunter at The Islington in, er, Islington tonight. The four-piece released their album Awake earlier this year and have already toured North America and Europe. £4, 7.30pm

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Good cause of the day

Tonight at The Social near Oxford Street, BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Nemone Metaxas hosts a fundraiser for WarChildUK. Line-up includes X-Press 2, Ghostpoet, Kwes, Nihal, Huw Stephens (Radio 1),Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music) plus more musical friends. More information and tickets here.

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