A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Tuesday 2nd May
    Bad Girls in Crime

    Join some of the hottest literary talent around, including two of the most anticipated debuts this year – Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done and Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths. In conversation with journalist Alex Clark and other crime writers, Jake Arnott and Anna Mazzola. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7-8.30pm Find out more
  • Wed 3 May 2017
    WORD FACTORY PRESENTS: Creative non-fiction and the truth with Alexander Masters.

    In this two-hour class, Alexander Masters, screenwriter and award-winning author of Stuart. A Life Backwards discusses the creative process of non-fiction writing and . how we learn to respond to the truth of the lives of people on the margins of society. Ideal for those seeking inspiration for their own non-fiction writing projects. Class limited to 20 places. Arts Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsely St London SE1 3UW. 18:30 – 20:30 Find out more
  • Wednesday 3rd May
    The Armchair Murders

    This month's Armchair Murders Book Club are reading The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez Reverte. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7-8.30 Find out more
  • Thursday 4th May 2017
    Granta Best of Young American Novelists

    Every decade Granta magazine asks a panel of judges to choose the very best and most exciting American writers under 40. This year's list is be announced internationally on the 26th April. Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing will join academic, writer and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell and cultural critic Leo Robson to discuss the work of these novelists and the state of literature today. Chaired by Alex Clark. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT. 7pm - 8pm Find out more
  • Thursday 11th May 2017
    Hanif Kureishi in conversation

    Hanif Kureishi, author of The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy will be discussing his latest novel, The Nothing, at this exclusive Foyles event. Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi’s eagerly awaited new novella is a tense and captivating exploration of lust, helplessness and deception. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT. 7pm - 8pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 16th May
    New Writing: Brian Van Reet and Hannah Kohler

    New Writers event. Brian Van Reet and Hannah Kohler will be discussing their experiences writing their respective debut novels, Spoils and The Outside Lands, a and the process of getting published for the first time. Meet these two authors to look out for in 2017, discover the various ways to become a published author and be sure to come ready with your questions. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT. 7-8pm Find out more
  • 20th May 2017
    Folk tales in new fiction

    Sara Maitland wrote that folk tales speak deeply to us because they are ‘filled with the reverberations of everyone’s dreams’. On this course, we will explore the different ways in which we can harness the strange power of folk tales in our writing. Folk tales have long been borrowed by writers, from Charles Perrault’s first ‘literary fairy tales’ in Mother Goose, to Angela Carter’s subversive and riotous remixes in The Bloody Chamber, to Lucy Wood’s Cornish folklore-infused Diving Belles. Such writers have engaged with folk tales in myriad ways, from full-blown rewrites, to weaving in recognisable characters and symbols, to using tales as jumping off points for completely new work. As well as exploring folk tales themselves, we’ll look at a range of published fiction that demonstrates this range of approaches. This might include stories from writers such as Angela Carter, Marina Warner, Sara Maitland, Donald Barthelme, Joyce Carol Oates, Kirsty Logan, Lucy Wood and more. We will try out these methods for ourselves, using folk tales, themes, characters and objects in writing exercises throughout the day. Clapton Laundry, Clapton, London E5. 10am-4pm Find out more
  • Sat 20 May 2017
    WORD FACTORY PRESENTS Citizen: The New Story.

    The third in Word Factory's readings and discussions in our Citizen: The New Story series – in association with Lacuna Magazine.Explore the sound, texture and meaning of the language of belonging with writers from across the UK and Ireland. With Rob Doyle, Lisa Blower, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Dave Lordan. Salon limited to 80 places. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6-8pm Find out more
  • Monday, May 22, 2017
    Words Away presents Exploring Creative Non-Fiction with Francis Spufford

    Exploring Creative Non-Fiction Guest Writer: Francis Spufford Join Words Away hosts in conversation with Francis Spufford, whose books bridge memoir, history, travel, biography, science writing and polemic. Francis’s first novel, Golden Hill, is nominated for the Costa 2016 First Novel Award, and he also teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. The Tea House Theatre 139 Vauxhall Walk London, England, SE11 5HL. 7:30pm 9:30pm Find out more
  • Monday 22nd May
    An Evening with Hari Kunzru

    British Indian author and journalist Hari Kunzru joins journalist Alex Peake-Tomkinson to discuss his electrifying new novel White Tears. His previous novels include The Impressionist, Transmission and Gods Without Men. Waterstones, 19-20 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 1BJ. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 25th May
    An Evening with Tim Winton in conversation with Philip Hensher

    Twice Man Booker shortlisted author, Tim Winton, will be discussing his collection of true stories and essays, The Boy Behind the Curtain, which show how moments from his childhood and youth have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and made him the writer he is today. In conversation with author Philiip Hensher Waterstones. The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5EJ. 7pm Find out more
  • Until 11 Jun
    Deutche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2017

    Take in the haunting images and prose of Sophie Calle, the housing project of South Central LA through the lenses of Dana Lixenberg, the interior-exterior landscapes ofAwoiska van der Molen, and the amazing road trip, Eurasia, ofTaiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. Sure to get the writing juices flowing. The Photographers' Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW. 10-6 Monday-Saturday; 11-6 Sundays. Find out more
  • Wednesday 14th June
    Word Factory Masterclass: Metaphor and the imagination with K.J.Orr.

    K.J. Orr, 2016 winner of the BBC Short Story Award will draw on work by Julio Cortázar, David Means and Alice Munro among others to explore the meaning of belonging, crossing the boundaries of the imagination and how writers engage with metaphor to disrupt the familiar. A seminar-style discussion with no writing exercises. Bookable online. Limited to 20 places. Arts Bermondsey Project Space 183-185 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3UW. 6-8.30pm Find out more
  • Until 23rd July
    The Inking Woman

    This exhibition of over 80 diverse artists follows the evolution of British women artists as satirists, humorists and storytellers from the 18th century to the present day. Including the work of Suffragette and early twentieth century postcard artists, political cartoonists, comic strip humorists from publications such as Punch and Private Eye, and the work of some of the best contemporary female graphic novelists. The Cartoon Museum. Tuesday - Sunday: 10.30 - 17.30 Find out more