A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Saturday 1st July
    Young Adult Fiction Extravaganza

    Split across four panels we'll be talking to the hottest new voices in Young Adult fiction, looking at how we deal with contemporary issues in fiction, strong female characters. Guest authors include MA Bennet, Nicci Cloke, Orlagh Collins, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, Laura Doctrill, Jenny McLean. Follwed by a party from 4-6pm where you'll have the chance to meet the authors and pick up some SWAG! Tickets for this event cost £5 and are available in store, on line or by phone. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 12-6pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 4th July
    A Secret Sisterhood: Female Literary Friendships

    Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best loved female authors are usually portrayed as isolated eccentrics. In A Secret Sisterhood, writer friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney seek to dispel this myth, from Charlotte Bronte and daring feminist Mary Taylor, to the underlying erotic charge which lit the friendship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. This evening Emily and Emma speak to another pair of writer friends – Michèle Roberts and Sarah Le Fanu – about uncovering these hidden bonds between female authors and their own experiences of literary friendship. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • 6th July
    Zadie Smith Swing Time

    Reading from her latest novel Swing Time, and in conversation with the Southbank Centre's Senior Programmer of Literature and Spoken Word, Zadie Smith reflects on the theme of friendship, inequality and the relationship between dance and writing. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 6th July
    Velvert Page: LGBT Book Club

    Velvet Page is an LBGT Book Club that meets on the first Thursday of each month. This month we are reading Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7-8.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 11th July
    Threads

    Join artist and activist Kate Evans this afternoon as she presents her new book "Threads" - an extraordinary, poignant and compassionate account of refugees living in the Calais "Jungle". Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 2-3pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 12th July
    Reading as Alchemy

    Is literary fiction the antidote we need in the modern world? Redundant or more vital than ever? Or perhaps we could ask: what currency does literature have in a post-truth world? Literary fiction, at its best, taps into poetry's magic to release significance that goes beyond dictionary definitions. As Virginia Woolf said, "Words don't live in dictionaries, they live in the mind." They live in the body too and literary fiction can unlock some of their visceral qualities through rhythm and internal resonances. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30-8.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 17th July
    European Hours: An Evening of Poetry with Anthony Rudolf and Elaine Feinstein

    Tonight we celebrate the launch of Anthony Rudolph's European Hours: Collected Poems, a life’s work of curated poems, prose texts and prose poems. Anthony will be in conversation with Elaine Feinstein's whose.career-defining collection The Clinic, Memory: New and Selected Poems includes early poems of feminist rebellion, elegies for her father and close friends and meditations on the lot of refugees. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30-7.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 21st June
    Megan Hunter The End We Start From

    Meet Megan Hunter, author of this gripping, poetic debut novel, a modern-day parable of rebirth and renewal, of maternal bonds, and the instinct to survive and thrive in the absence of all that’s familiar. Daunt Books, Hampstead. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 29th June
    The Art of the Short Story with Tessa Hadley and KJ Orr

    Tessa Hadley and K J Orr two writers celebrated for their delicate, precise and nuanced work, discuss The Art of the Short Story. Bad Dreams is Hadley’s third story collection, and Light Box is BBC National Short Story Award 2016 winner Orr’s debut. Daunt Books, Hampstead, 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB. 6.30pm Find out more
  • 29th June
    African Writing of the Future: Caine Prize Shortlist Readings

    The 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted stories delved into sexual harassment, tales of family conflict, Nigerians coming-of-age in the US, mental instability in a South African village, and much more. Join Bidisha in a discussion of the 2017 stories shortlisted for Africa's leading literary award. The event is suitable for an audience both familiar with African literature and those keen to discover, perhaps for the first time, what is being written now and what is to be published in the future. Level 3 Function Room, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX. 7.30 Find out more