A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Wednesday 16th January
    Vertigo & Ghost: Fiona Benson and Daisy Johnson

    Fiona Benson’s Vertigo & Ghost (Jonathan Cape), is a hotly-anticipated poetry collection of 2019. Its harrowing central sequence is a retelling of Greek myth, depicting Zeus as a serial rapist; other poems, including the Forward-shortlisted ‘Ruins’, engage with depression, female sexuality and early motherhood. Fiona will be in conversation with Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under (Jonathan Cape), shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. London Review Bookshop14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 19th January
    The Climate for Writing: A MIR16 Masterclass

    Not sure what to submit to MIR16? This day of workshops will give you everything you need! Workshops will be based on our climate theme and will focus on fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will even show you how to polish your final piece ready for submission. Workshops will be run by members of the MIR16 editorial team and everyone will leave with a piece of work they could submit.Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. 10am-5pm Find out more
  • Mondays for six weeks from 21st January
    Irenosen Okojie's Short Story Tool Box

    Incisive, mysterious, transformative, surprising: Discover your own approach to short story writing in this six-week course with author Irenosen Okojie that includes exercises in character, setting, structure and playing with the form. Okojie's debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award, and her short story collection Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for multiple awards. Her work has been published internationally by The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 23rd January
    The Wall: John Lanchester and Daniel Soar

    John Lanchester’s new novel, The Wall, is a Kafkaesque nightmare whose richly-imagined world is very different from our own and yet all too familiar. Keith Miller, reviewing his first novel, Capital, noted that, ‘like Balzac, Lanchester has the brains to relate the particular to the general; the ruthlessness to make bad things happen to good people; the steadiness of hand to draw unpalatable conclusions’. Lanchester will be in conversation with Daniel Soar, editor at the London Review Bookshop. St George's Church Bloomsbury Way Bloomsbury London WC1A 2SA. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 24th January
    In Conversation with Miranda Gold and Jessica Duchen

    Join Unbound authors Jessica Duchen and Miranda Gold for an illuminating evening of readings and discussion to explore the idea of the outsider and the search for home in literature. From the recluse and the lone wanderer to the scapegoat and the stranger in the crowd, the figure of the outsider has been both romanticised and denigrated, idealised and shunned, walking across our pages in a multitude of guises and taking a potent hold over the imagination. Waterstones , 9-13 Garrick Street, WC2E 9AU. 6.30-7.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 26th January
    'May We Borrow Your Country?' with The Whole Kahani

    The Whole Kahani Writers collective examine the displaced and the dispossessed in their second anthology May We Borrow Your Country. The stories and poems offer a wry compassionate look at individuals who cross borders, adapt to new cultures or places, and search for an identity. The protagonists in these stories often stand at a crossroads, their choices and challenges reflecting their divided selves. Readings will be followed by a short panel discussion on the representation of minority voices in literature. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 28th January
    Polari featuring Julie Cohen

    Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the Polari LGBTQ+ literary salon's first showcase of 2019. Author of bestselling novel Together has been translated into 13 languages and optioned for television adaptation. Cohen's latest novel, Louis and Louise, follows the life of a single protagonist in two realities: one ion which they’re born male, and one in which they’re born female. Also reading from their latest work this evening are Alex Reeve, Sophia Blackwell, Chris Neill and West Camel. Royal Festival Hall, Level 5 Function Room Green Side, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7pm Find out more
  • Friday 1st February
    Emilie Pine and her bestseller Notes to Self

    First published by Irish independent Tramp Press, Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self became a phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller. Now picked up in the UK by Hamish Hamilton, Pine’s debut collection of autobiographical essays is a poignant and honest account of womanhood in the 21st Century. She will be in conversation with Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Monday 4th February
    An Evening with 2018 Pulitzer prize winner Andrew Sean Greer

    Andrew Sean Greer won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Less, which has also been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Less is a hilarious and poignant story of the trials of 49-year-old writer, Arthur Less, plagued by bad reviews of his books and the upcoming wedding of his ex-boyfriend.. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 5th February
    Two Can Keep A Secret

    Join Karen M. McManus discussing her best-selling YA thrillerTwo Can Keep a Secret with novelist Emily Taylor and C L Taylor. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 6th February
    Samanta Schweblin: Mouthful of Birds

    The stories of Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin have been described as 'dancing between the real, the hallucinatory and the evocative'. Join her in conversation with Daniel Hahn, marking her new collection Mouthful of Birds, her new short story collection translated by Megan McDowell, Join her in conversation at Libreria bookshop, 65 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 7th February
    The Hot Mess Clubhouse

    The Hot Mess Clubhouse is a new conversation event at Waterstones Gower Street hosted by author and journalist Lucy Vine, featuring a different funny woman each month on the topics of 'feminism, friendship and f**k ups' . Lucy's first guest is best-selling author Sophie Kinsella discussing her new novel I Owe You One, out 7 February. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 7th February
    Sea Monsters: Chloe Aridjis and Juliet Jacques

    Chloe Aridjis’s third novel Sea Monsters published by Chatto), is set in Mexico in the late 1980. Her work has been described as profound and poetic. Aridjis will be in conversation with Juliet Jacques. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 23rd February
    How to be Sharp. Writing with Precision and Style

    Stella Klein leads this workshop which will focus on prose style. Through close readings of fiction and non-fiction extracts and writing and editing exercises, you will explore how precision and clarity is achieved through word choice and arrangement. Write less and say more! Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. 1pm-4.30pm Find out more