A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Wednesday 27th September
    Forgotten Fiction #4: Leaving Home

    Forgotten Fiction is a new monthly reading group that goes in search of lost literary gems from the 20th Century. Each session will be curated around a specific theme and will feature two novels carefully chosen to provide the basis for the discussion. You can choose to read one/both/neither of the books OR you can hunt out your own literary treasure and bring it along to share with the group. On 27th September, we will discuss the theme 'Leaving Home' featuring two exceptional debuts from the 1940's: Clarice Lispector's 'Near to the Wild Heart' and Truman Capote's 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' Waterstones, Gower Street. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 28th September
    Write & Shine: Early Morning Writing Classes with Gemma Seltzer

    Join a stimulating environment to write and to meditate on the inspirational power of the morning. In this 1-2 hour workshop Gemma Seltzer will guide you through some morning-themed exercises to create new pieces of poetry, fiction or life writing. The focus is on generating new writing, so won't be expected to share your work. So, there'll be quiet writing time - and coffee provided. For further information and to reserve your place, visit: www.write-and-shine.com Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD. 9-11am Find out more
  • Friday 29th September
    Transgressions: Ariana Harwicz, Tessa Hadley & Daniel Hahn

    Join translator Daniel Hahn and novelists Tessa Hadley and Ariana Harwicz to discuss the dark art of fiction writing. Ariana Harwicz is one of the leading lights of contemporary Argentinian literature, and Die, My Love, a gripping thriller set in France, is the first of her books to appear in English. This event marks the launch of Charco Press, a new publisher of outstanding contemporary Latin American literature appearing in English translation for the first time. London Review Bookshop 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Monday 2nd October
    Margaret Atwood at the Royal Festival Hall

    Celebrated Canadian novelist, short story writer and author of the Handmaid's Tale discusses her work in this one-time London appearance. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 4th October
    Seeing Slowly: Lunchtime Art Talk with Michael Findlay

    In the first of a series of Lunchtime Art Talks in the Gower St. Gallery, art dealer and author Michael Findlay discusses his new book on looking at modern art "Seeing Slowly". Waterstones, 82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6EQ, Gower Street. 1-2pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 4th October
    Word Factory presents: New Voices

    An evening curated by Word Factory hosts Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock selecting the best of Word Factory stories. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 4th October
    This Glorious Noise

    Join Yogesh Patel, publisher/editor of Skylark Publication UK to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 with four South Asian diaspora poets showcasing their different experiences. Mona Dash, Debjani Chatterjee MBE, Rishi Dastidar and Bashabi Fraser. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Thursday 5th October
    Ben Okri with Will Gompertz The Magic Lamp

    Ben Okri discusses his collaboration with the artist Rosemary Clunie and the twenty five stories in his magical new collection The Magic Lamp which reach into the dreamscape of her paintings. BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, author of the hugely successful Think Like An Artist, will be here to ask Ben more about the roots of creativity. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 7th October
    Hidden Stories: Chinese Women Writers

    Two leading Chinese writers, Xiaolu Guo and Lijia Zhang, read from and discuss their most recent books that shine a light on the experiences of generations of women in modern China. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX. 2.30pm Find out more
  • October 7th & 8th
    Write & Edit a Story in a Weekend

    This two-day course is designed to get you both writing and editing, by combining dedicated creative time with an intensive tour through ways to improve your craft. This course is suitable for both beginners and committed writers. For both those writing fiction and creative nonfiction. Whether you’re dabbling in your first short stories or personal essays, or you’re compiling a short story collection, or writing a memoir, we welcome you. By the end of the course we’ll endeavour to help you have a new draft of a story or essay, and a range of editing skills to help get it into shape. Clapton Laundry, London. 10am-4pm Find out more
  • Monday 9 October 2017
    The Necessary Word: Anne Michaels and Simon McBurney

    Author of the multi-award winning fiction Fugitive Pieces, 'the most important book I have read for forty years' (John Berger), Canadian poet and novelist Anne Michaels presents her first volume of non-fiction, Infinite Gradation, meditations on language and the creative act, and her latest collection of poetry, All We Saw (Bloomsbury), She will be in conversation with her friend, the internationally acclaimed theatre-maker and performer Simon McBurney, co-founder of Complicite and director of her 2005 London performance piece Vanishing Points, made with John Berger. St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA. 7pm Find out more
  • 13th October - 1st November
    Radical Alterations of the Sun: 50 Years of Poetry International

    Visit Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library to see archival material and new work exploring 50 years of Poetry International. Established in 1967 by Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland the festival aimed to bring together poets as the 'voice of spirit and imagination'. The National Poetry Label. Open Tuesday - Sunday 11am-8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 14th October
    Poetry International Saturday Pass

    Get your fill of poetry with a series of readings, talks and debates that bring together leading poets from across the globe, all part of Poetry International. With half of the world’s living languages facing extinction, Poetry International celebrates endangered poetry, with a shared reading of poems from across a range of languages, Seven Thousand Words For Human. 12pm. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Find out more
  • Monday 16th October
    Continuing to Write post-MA - 1st session

    This is the first of 8 monthly critical workshops, for writers just finishing a creative writing MA (or having finished one in the last 3 years). These session are designed to keep finishing MA students motivated as they work towards completing their novel, short story collection or memoir. Members will take turns to share work-in-progress ahead of each workshop, which will then be critiqued during the session, with constructive feedback and discussion on any problems or issues raised. We’ll also arrange a guest speaker such as an agent, writer or editor, to help group members break into the industry. Whether you are writing a novel, short stories or memoir, including genre or YA fiction, you are welcome to join this course. The sessions will be led by Zoe Gilbert, author and creative writing tutor, who is currently completing a PhD in creative writing. The fee for 8 monthly sessions, starting in October, is £220. For further dates, information, and to contact London Lit Lab to book a place, please click on the link below. You can also email us on info@londonlitlab.co.uk. Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL. 7-9pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 17th October
    Lost and Found: in Uncharted Territory

    In Lost and Found Gold returns to the places of her own childhood, as well as to the dark landscapes of the Holocaust. Gunn, in My Mansfield Project and Going Bush explores and is disturbed by the landscapes of her native New Zealand. In Invisible Countries Brownrigg tells of a woman travelling to seven unknown places. Dan Gunn, editor of the Cahiers series for Sylph Editions and of the letters of Samuel Beckett for CUP will be in the chair. London Review Bookshop 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Sunday 22nd October
    Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years

    Watch as Mandela’s reflections on his time in power are performed in this exclusive London launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years. The evening includes a panel discussing Mandela’s legacy in a troubled world, featuring his co-author, South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, Lord Peter Hain and Bonnie Greer, chaired by Jon Snow. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 23rd October
    Karl Ove Knausgård: Autumn

    Hear from Norwegian literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard as he publishes his latest book, Autumn. Addressed to his unborn daughter, the work is a profound meditation on the details of daily life and the world she will inherit. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October
    Young Adult Literature Weekender

    The weekend features the most exciting YA novelists, poets, bloggers, illustrators, and spoken word artists, from rising stars to legends. This year, it takes over The Clore Ballroom in the heart of Southbank Centre, for the final weekend of London Literature Festival. From the young queer Greenlandic author becoming an international star, Niviaq Korneliussen, to the first book for young adults by Tracy Chevalier, spotlights on new voices, and returning favourites including Inua Ellams, Nikesh Shukla and Tanya Byrne. Clore Ballroom Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. From 11.45am Find out more