A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Saturday 28th April
    The Order Of Time - a signing with Carlo Rovelli

    Fancy some inspiration for your Sci-Fi story? Meet best-selling author and theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli as he stops by to sign copies of his brand new book The Order Of Time. (His little book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics for the laymen is a great one too!) Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road. 4-5pm Find out more
  • Sunday 29th April
    Fifty Poems from Five Decades

    Join ten of the finest poets writing in the UK today to celebrate the opening anniversary of some of the Southbank Centre’s spaces, as they journey through past social, political and cultural landscapes and reinterpret movements and moments of those years through a poetic lens. Poets include: Simon Armitage, Malika Booker, Imtiaz Dharker, Caleb Femi and Ifor ap Glyn. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7-9.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 30 April 2018
    Carcanet New Poetries VII: Mary Jean Chan, helen Charman, Lisa Kelly & Toby Litt

    Join Toby Litt, Helen Charman, Lisa Kelly and Mary Jean Chan, four of the poets featured in Carcanet’s seventh volume in the series that covers some of the most inventive poetry written in English from around the world. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 1st May
    The new Portobello Prize

    Foyles team up with Portobello Books, an imprint of Granta which has long been invested in publishing great narrative non-fiction, on the inaugural Portobello Prize - a new prize for new writers, and a search for a great untold story of our times. This event will bring together a panel of leading practitioners to discuss the craft of narrative non-fiction, its scope and its limitations, and what it means to write a truly great true story. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road. 7-8.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 2nd May
    New Fiction: America Is Not the Heart

    Debut Fiction: America is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo in conversation with Marta Bausells Wednesday 2nd May 18:30 at London - Gower Street New writer, Elaine Castillo in conversation with Elle Literary Editor and journalist Marta Bausells about her debt novel. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 3rd May
    An Evening with Jake Shears

    Waterstones Piccadilly presents Jake Shears to discuss his new book, Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir that recounts his confusing and confining high school experience, to being revered by the LGBTQ community, The book captures Jake’s courageous and affecting journey to international acclaim. St James's Church Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 3rd May
    40 Years of Virago Modern Classics

    Virago Modern Classics has championed women’s writing, celebrate women writers and highlight the distinct impact of female discourse on literature. Foyles brings together best-selling authors Tessa Hadley, Elizabeth Day, Editorial Director Donna Coonan and founder Dame Carmen Callil to discuss how the imprint has helped to change literary history. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT. 7-8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 5th May
    Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth

    Many British Asian women writers are finding ways to explore the classics by presenting contemporary narratives through a feminist lens. In this event, part of the Southbank's Alchemy Festival celebrating South Asian arts, writers Preti Taneja and Mona Arshi discuss their ways subverting well-worn literary paths, as well as creating a new trailblazing legacy for literature. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 7.45pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 8th May
    'New' Fiction from 'Old' Czechoslovakia

    Join Tim Beasley-Murray (lecturer in European Thought and Culture at University College London, translator David Short and Slovak author Richard (author of debut novel, Gaudeamus) discuss newly translated fiction from the Old Czechoslovakia - the little country that would have been 100 years old this year but disappeared 25 years ago. Tonight, the panel will discuss how three modern authors use humour and first-person narrative to both critique historical events and challenge the future. Watersontes, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 9th May
    Modern Nature: Olivia Laing, Sarah Wood and Philip Hoare on Derek Jarman

    In 1986, having just been diagnosed with HIV, the artist, film-maker and writer Derek Jarman decided to create a garden at his home on the bleak, beautiful coast at Dungeness. Modern Nature, his journal of a year in that garden, and an account of coming to terms with his own (and everything else’s) mortality, was first published in 1991, and now appears in a new edition from Vintage Classics. In her introduction Olivia Laing describes it as ‘the most beautiful and furious book of all time’. London Review 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 12th May
    The Word Factory Short Story Course #4: Plot with Toby Litt

    Explore how to frame your ideas and characters within structures that are convincing while encouraging a confidence in experimenting with form. Come prepared to explore text before and during the session, to write, reflect and take away exercises to strengthen your work. Exercises for the month ahead will also be provided. Innovative novelist and short story writer, Toby Litt, teaches creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. For further information and to buy tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/short-story-course-4-plot-with-toby-litt-tickets-42432506770 Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 10am-1pm Find out more
  • Monday 14th May
    #SciFiSessions with Claire North, Megan Hunter and Anne Corlett

    Award winning sci-fi writer, Claire North, discusses her latest novel, 84K with Megan Hunter, author of debut novella The End We Start From, and Anne Corlett, author of debut novel The Space Between the Stars. Glynn Morgan hosts the discussion on topics such as loneliness, crime without punishment and politics in the context of science fiction. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 14th May
    Linton Kwesi Johnson in conversation

    As part of the Southbank's (B)old Festival, hear Linton Kwesi Johnson, the living legend and father of 'reggae poetry', share his journey from member of British Black Panthers to internationally acclaimed poet. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.45 Find out more
  • Monday 15th-Friday 18th May
    Birkbeck Arts Week 2018

    Check out Birkbeck's 2018 Arts Festival. Among the literary events, there is of course our very own MIRLive event headlined by Jonathan Kemp and Ailsa Cox. Other highlights include Scratch Night featuring work in progress from Birkbeck's Theatre and Creative Writing students, guest speaker Eoin Byrne exploring Flann O' Brien's classic comic novel, An Béal Bocht, and a Virginia Woolf inspired walk around Bloomsbury, For times and places and full list of events, follow the link. Bloomsbury. various Find out more
  • Monday 16th May
    Poetry: Hera Lindsay Bird and Jack Underwood

    Hera Lindsay Bird’s debut poetry collection, the eponymous Hera Lindsay Bird (Penguin), became a cult bestseller in her native New Zealand, and led Carol Ann Duffy to describe her as ‘without doubt the most arresting and original new young poet, on the page and in performance’ – Duffy’s own selection from Bird’s work Pamper Me to Hell and Back has just been published by Smith Doorstop. Jack Underwood, senior lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, is the author of Happiness (Faber) and co-editor of the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives. They will be reading from their work, and discussing it both between themselves and with the audience. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 19th May
    Fairy Tales with Sophie Anderson

    Listen to Sophie Anderson talk about fairy tales, fairy tale villains who aren’t as villainous as you might think and other inspirations for her wonderful 9-12 novel, then write your own re-imagined fairy tale. Sophie will also be signing copies of her book The House With Chicken Legs: Free Event - but please reserve your place using online booking (below) or in store with a bookseller. For children aged 8 and up. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 1pm Find out more
  • 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
  • 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