A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Tuesday 22nd May
    Last Stories: Kevin Barry, Hermione Lee, Di Speirs & Salley Vickers on William Trevor

    In celebration of the life, work and legacy of William Trevor, giant of modern Irish fiction, authors Salley Vickers, Kevin Barry, Hermione Lee and BBC Radio 4 Books Editor Di Speir’s will be reading from and talking about their favourites of his novels and short fiction, to mark the publication of Last Stories (Viking). Trevor, who died in 2016. London Review Bookshop,14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 24th May
    The Debut Fiction Showcase; Sharlene Teo, Sophie Mackintosh and Caroline O’ Donoghue

    The Debut Fiction Showcase is a quarterly event celebrating new literary talent. This session compered by literary critic Lucy Scholes, introduces three new novelists making their debuts this Summer: Sharlene Teo (Ponti), Sophie Mackintosh (The Water Cure) and Caroline O’ Donoghue (Promising Young Women). Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 29th May
    A Shout in the Ruins: Kevin Powers in conversation with Chris Cleave

    Following his celebrated novel The Yellow Birds, American Kevin Powers talks about his new novel, written with similar poetic precision, realism and emotional intensity. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 29th May
    An Evening with James Wood

    Over six winter days in upstate New York the Querry family, its members variously afflicted by painful divorce, bereavement and depression, wrestle with life’s fundamental questions. Wood will be reading from his funny and moving new novel, Upstate (Cape), and discussing it with the audience. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 30th May
    Tales of One City: London New Writer's Evening

    Foyles showcase three debut authors In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (In Our Mad and Furious City), Libby Page (The Lido) and Katy Mahood (Entanglement) to provide insight into how these authors write and what it is like to be an author at the start of your career. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 31st May
    European Union Prize for Literature: Sunjeev Sahota, Evie Wyld and Catherine Taylor

    Celebrate the European Union Prize for Literature with Sunjeev Sahota, Evie Wyld and Catherine Taylor puts the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature and to promote the circulation of literature beyond national and linguistic borders. To discuss the prize, the state of European literature and Britain's place in the post-Brexit international literary community, two past winners, Sunjeev Sahota (2017) and Evie Wyld (2014) will be in discussion with chair and critic and former EUPL jury member Catherine Taylor. London Review Bookshop, 4 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 31st May
    An Evening with Rachel Kushner

    Acclaimed author of Folio Prize Shortlisted novel The Flame Throwers, Rachel Kushner speaks to journalist Max Liu about her new novel The Mars Room. Set in a Women’s Correctional Facility -- and following Romy Hall, a woman at the start of two consecutive life sentences. The Mars Room is not only a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but also an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 1st June
    Anthony Horowitz on James Bond

    Join Anthony Horowitz in conversation as he discusses his new 007 novel and the prequel to Casino Royale, Forever and a Day. Horowitz has written over 40 books, including the bestselling Alex Rider series, about a teen spy, which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 1st June
    Giovanna and Tom Fletcher in conversation

    Join the best-selling authors at their only in-conversation event on the Eve of Man Tour when they will be talking about and reading from their highly anticipated YA novel, Eve of Man. This event will be chaired by Katherine Webber (author of Wing Jones). St James's Church , 197 Piccadilly, London , W1J 9LL. 7pm Find out more
  • Weekly on Mondays from 4th June
    Poetry Course: Response to Lee Bull

    Explore and be inspired by the visual poetry of acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul, in this six-week poetry writing course with poet Tamar Yoseloff. Each Monday, you have exclusive after-hours access to Hayward Gallery to draw inspiration from Lee Bul's immersive exhibition, and workshop your compositions with the group. Course tutor Tamar Yoseloff is an accomplished poet, writer, and teacher. Her writing encompasses a wide range of ideas and subjects, but she is particularly interested in the relationship between poetry and visual art, specifically contemporary art. Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.15pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 5th June
    The Water Cure: Sophie Mackintosh and Katherine Angel

    Sophie Mackintosh’s powerful dystopian debut novel The Water Cure (Hamish Hamilton) comes with some dazzling endorsements. ‘Eerie, electric, beautiful’, Daisy Johnson writes, ‘It rushes you through to the end on a tide of tension and closely held panic. I loved this book’. Katherine Angel, with whom Sophie will be in conversation this evening, describes it as 'Immensely assured, calmly devastating.’ Sophie Mackintosh was the 2016 winner of The White Review Short Story Prize, and her writing has appeared in Granta and TANK magazines. Katherine Angel’s Unmastered was published by Penguin in 2012. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 7th June
    The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2018

    Join Lucy Popescu for an evening of readings with debut novelists, Richard Gekoski, Xan Brooks, Winnie M Li, Harriet Page and John McGhee, shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award (BFNA). Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 8th June
    An Evening with Viv Groskop and... Anna Karenina!

    What should I do with my life? What if my love is not returned? Why do bad things happen? Join Viv Groskop, journalist, stand-up comedian and author of “The Anna Karenina Fix: Lessons from Russian Literature” as he delves into novels of history's deepest thinkers to explore the torments of a host of famous and infamous literary heroes and heroines. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 13th June
    June SciFi Session with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Emma Newman

    These two top sci-fi writers will be in conversation Glyn Morgan. Watersontes, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 16th June
    Dalloway Day 2018: Woolf, Walking & Writing

    In one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, set in June 1923, Clarissa Dalloway loves walking as much as did her creator. So this year's Dalloway Day takes as its theme 'Woolf, Walking and Writing'. The event starts with an hour's walk (2-3pm) around Bloomsbury guided by Jean Moorcroft Wilson (author of Virginia Woolf's London) to places familiar to Virginia Woolf and her friends. The walk ends at Gower St. Waterstones for a panel discussion on Woolf, Walking and Writing with Kate Mosse and special guests, https://www.waterstones.com/events/dallowayday-2018-woolf-walking-and-writing/london-gower-street. 2pm Find out more
  • Saturday 16th June
    Writing and Finishing a Novel

    Sarah Alexander and Alison Hitchcock discuss the barriers that may present themselves when writing and finishing a novel, and offer strategies to overcome them. This workshop will be focussed on the individual needs of participants and you will be invited to answer a questionnaire about your writing process before attending the event. Sarah and Alison will begin with a panel discussion and then provide a range of activities dedicated to overcoming some of the hurdles that writing a novel can present. We will tailor this session based on your questionnaire responses, but potential areas for consideration will be characterisation, organisation, time management, and structure as well as the psychological elements at play when writing an ongoing piece. Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. 1.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 22nd June
    Crudo: Olivia Laing in conversation with Ali Smith

    Laing discusses her novel, Crudo. From a Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a Brexit-paralysed UK, Kathy spends the first summer of her 40s trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment just as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all? London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 26th June
    Polari featuring Philip Hensher

    Philip Hensher is joined by Kate Bradbury, Derek Farrell, Amanda Jennings and Polis Loizou. All the authors read from their latest works, and the llonglist for The Polari First Book Prize 2018 will be announced. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 26th June
    A.K. Blakemore, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Amy Key and Zaffar Kunial

    An evening of readings with four of poetry's liveliest new voices – A.K. Blakemore, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Amy Key and Zaffar Kunial – hosted by Martha Sprackland of Offord Road Books. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2 JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 27th June
    Caroline's Bikini, Kirsty Gunn and Max Porter

    Novelist and essayist Kirsty Gunn’s latest novel Caroline’s Bikini is a powerful retelling of one of the oldest stories in western literature – that of unrequited love. In a series of conversations in West London bars, Gunn unravels the passion of financier Evan Gordonstone for the glamorous Caroline Beresford, an unravelling that brings Gordonstone to the brink of destruction. Kirsty Gunn is the author of six works of fiction and several essay collections, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Dundee. She will reading from her latest book, and talking about it with Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more