A Roundup of Events from the Literary World


  • Thursday 18th July
    Sefi Atta: The Bead Collector

    With her signature subtlety and wit, in her new novel, The Bead Collector, Sefi Atta examines a brief but profound friendship in Lagos, 1976, and one Nigerian mother’s yearning—amid legacies of conflict and uncertainty—to help build her country from home. The Owl Bookshop, 207-209 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JU. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 25th July
    Morgan Parker and Georgina Lawton

    Morgan Parker's poetry collection There are more beautiful things than Beyoncé (Corsair) won her a wide UK readership; Parker will be reading from her second collection, Magical Negro that deals with objectification, loneliness, stereotyping and the stubbornness of ancestral trauma. In conversation with Guardian journalist and essayist, Georgina Lawton, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Mon 5th August 2019
    Fest Norwood 2019

    Three local authors read from their books and discuss with Gabriel Nicklin (formerly of Dulwich Books) what it is to be an author, getting published in the digital age and what inspires them. The Old Fire Station, West Norwood, SE27 9NS. 8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 17th August
    Novel London

    Novel London, a platform for emerging and established novelists, and a social collective for authors, hosts this day of talks and advice on getting your creative writing ready for market. With afternoon sessions on structural editing, formatting, small, self- and digital publishing, the event culminates with a prize ceremony celebrating the winners of Novel London’s first ever competition, launched in June. Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DT. 12-8pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 20th August
    Perfect Your Pitch to a Literary Agent

    This three-hour workshop demystifies the process and helps you know exactly what you need to do to represent yourself and your book in the best light. Work, Life Clerkenwell, 20 Jerusalem Passage, Farringdon, London EC1V 4JP. 6.30-9.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 29th August
    Deborah Levy and Shahidha Bari: The Man Who Saw Everything

    Deborah Levy's plays, novels, short stories and essay collections have won many awards and prizes. Her latest novel The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton) plays with time and memory in a gripping exploration of the weight of history and the disastrous consequences of trying to ignore it. Levy will be in conversation with Shahidha Bari, academic, critic and author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes (Jonathan Cape). London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Friday 30 August 2019
    Nicola Barker and Ali Smith: I am Sovereign

    In twelve inimitable, eccentric, hilarious, disturbing and powerful novels, Nicola Barker has established herself as one of the most inventive and powerful voices in contemporary British fiction. To mark the publication of the thirteenth, I Am Sovereign (William Heinemann), she will be in conversation about experiment, fiction, contemporaneity and a great deal else besides with the novelist and short story writer Ali Smith. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more