A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Words Away presents Writing For Children & Young Adults with guest writer Sarah Grant

    Sara Grant, author and editor of over a 100 books for children, offers her expertise and a host of ideas to help you with your tale for young readers, be it a middle grade mystery or a cutting edge YA novel. The Tea House Theatre 139 Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL. 7:30pm 9:30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 25th April
    An Evening with Sarah Perry

    Join Sarah Perry, joins us to discuss and celebrate Waterstones' Book of the Year, The Essex Serpent, just out in paperback. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 26th April 2017
    In conversation with Barbara Nadel

    Barbara Nadel is the author of two series of best-selling detective stories. The Guardian described Nadel's writing as 'lightness of touch in the face of darkness', and from shady boxing clubs in East London to online jihadist recruitment, her new psychological thriller is a fascinating look at radicalisation and the road home. Daunt Books, Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW. 7-m Find out more
  • Wednesday 26th April 2017
    The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Readings 2017

    To celebrate one of the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story, Foyles Charing Cross Road is once again hosting a very special reading of the stories and Q&A with the shortlisted writers. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 27th April
    An evening with Stablemates Poets

    Smokestack Books aims to hold an open space for what is left of the English radical poetic tradition in the 21st century. This event brings together Smokestack poets Steve Ely, Nancy Charley and Richard Skinner in conversation with Jill Abram. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7-8.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 27th April
    In Conversation with Norman Ohler

    Quantity In conversation with Norman Ohler, author of Blitzed, newly available in paperback, that takes us on a mind-bending trip through the widespread and often industrialised use of drugs in the Third Reich. Always entertaining and fast-paced, his narrative takes in the epic scale of crystal-meth taking in the Wehrmacht that allowed it to sustain its Blitzkrieg and documents the impact of increasing drug-dependence on Hitler himself at the hands of the sinister Dr Morell. Daunt Books, Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Friday 28th April-Monday 4th May
    Writers of the World Unite! Literature and Social Change in the 21st Century

    Writers of the World Unite brings the world to Waterstones Piccadilly. 4-day event exploring Russian revolutionary poetry, identity politics in the age of globalisation, Caribbean literature making its own rules and the radical potential of graphic novels. For further details visit: wowu.webfow.io Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 6pm onwards Find out more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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