A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Wednesday 3rd October
    Poetry and the Political

    Four poets from Carcanet, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Robert Minhinnick, Rory Waterman and David Herd, discuss what kind of difference poetry can make. Chaired by Drew Milne, the poets read from their latest collections and talk about the urgent topics that inform and colour their writing. National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall. Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Thursday 4th October
    Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Anna James in conversation

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave, acclaimed author of The Girl of Ink & Stars and The Way Past Winter in conversation with Anna James, author of debut children's novel, Tilly and the Bookwanderers on the power of children's literature. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 4th October
    National Poetry Day Live

    Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society host this free event with readings and discussions by celebrated poets including Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Lowe, Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial, on the theme of change. Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. See Southbank Centre website for times Find out more
  • Saturday 6th October
    Bookshop Day

    To celebrate Bookshop Day, Waterstones, Gower Street are bringing together two important UK feminist voices. Join June Sarpong (The Power of Women and Diversify) and Charly Cox (She Must Be Mad) discuss what is means to be a woman in 2018. Waterstones Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 2pm Find out more
  • Monday 8th October
    Pachinko

    In discussion with Erica Wagner, Min Jin Lee discusses the effects of merging literature with politics and her epic novel Pachinko that follows the plight of a Korean family in Japan during the 20th century. Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowship in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study (2018-19). Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 10th October
    Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn

    Ian Black, former Middle East editor for the Guardian, and author, most recently, of Enemies and Neighbours in discussion with Ariel Kahn's about his new novel, Raising Sparks, a magical-realist story set in modern day Israel that explores betrayal, mysticism and the power of first love. Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB.. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 11th October
    Teethmarks on My Tongue. In conversation with critic and debut novelist Eileen Battersby

    Eileen Battersby, literary critic, and author of acclaimed memoir, Ordinary Dogs – A Story of Two Lives, discusses her debut novel Teethmarks on My Tongue. In this unusual, darkly funny and beautifully observed coming of age novel, the shocking gunning down of her mother and her destructive relationship with her father sends the teenage narrator Helen on a psychological and physical journey and towards an astute, hard fought, and deserved, maturity. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Sunday 14th October
    Man Booker Prize Readings

    Meet the authors of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist in an evening of readings and discussion, two days ahead of the winner announcement. This year's shortlisted titles include Esi Edugyan's Washington Black, Daisy Johnson's Everything Under, Richard Powers' The Overstory, Anna Burns' Milkman, Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room, and Robin Robertson's The Long Take. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.30-9pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 16th October
    Fusing Life Writing and Fiction Workshop

    Spread the Word hosts this workshop led by novelist Jacqueline Crooks, author of The Ice Migration. Handouts and individual and group exercises offer participants a chance to practise fusing fact and fiction. Go to link to book a place. Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BU. 6.15-8.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 20th October
    Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

    On the publication of her final collection as poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy appears at Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival reading with friends. Imtiaz Dharker, Mark Pajak and Keith Hutson join Duffy for the event to share their poetry. Duffy reads from Sincerity, her final publication in her 10-year term as poet laureate. The collection is a moving and disarming reflection on loss and remembrance. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 25th October 7pm
    In conversation with Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall

    Sarah Moss will be discussing her new novel whose protagonist teenager Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology with her abusive father obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Sunday 28th October
    Mohsin Hamid and Riz Ahmed: Migration and Magic

    As part of the Southbank's London Literature Festival, Author Mohsin Hamid (of highly acclaimed novel Exit West) and actor, writer and musician Riz Ahmed reflect on why stories of migration have captivated our imaginations. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 30th October
    The Unsettling Story of Horror with Darryl Jones and Alice Slater

    Tuesday 30th October
    The Unsettling Story of Horror with Darryl Jones and Alice Slater Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? The week of Hallowe'en, What Page Are You On? podcast co-host and Mslexia columnist Alice Slater will discuss this and more with author Darryl Jones to celebrate the publication of his latest book: Sleeping With the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more