A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Friday 8th March
    Jo Brand's Born Lippy: How to be Female

    As part of WOW – Women of the World Festival, writer and comedian Jo Brand discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman, Born Lippy. In Born Lippy, Brand continues to challenge stereotypes, unpacks what it means to be female and refuses to remain silent on everything including family and love, the female body, and heckling as a life skill. Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 9th March
    New Daughters of Africa

    Come along to the launch of Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent that builds on the first anthology Daughters of Africa published 25 years ago to international acclaim. New Daughters of Africa portrays the accomplishments of over 200 contributors, testifying to a wealth of genres. Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. 6pm Find out more
  • Thursday 14th March
    A Rattle-Bag of Wonderful Stories Andrew Miller and Francis Spufford

    Andrew Miller, winner of the Costa Prize for Pure in 2011 and author of a new novel Now We Shall Be Entirely Free will be in conversation with Francis Spufford author of novel Golden Hill set in eighteenth century Manhattan and more recently True Stories and Other Essays, to consider the complex relationship between storytelling and truth-telling. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 20th March 2019
    Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 Shortlist Readings

    Join the shortlisted authors for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 in an evening of readings at the London Review Bookshop. Rewarding the most exciting and interesting literature published by small presses in the UK and Ireland, the Republic of Consciousness Prize has previously been awarded to John Keene and Eley Williams. This year’s shortlist of six has just been announced: Daša Drndić, Will Eaves, Wendy Erskine, Anthony Joseph, Chris McCabe and Alex Pheby. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Monday 25th March
    The Short Story Salon: Nicole Flattery & Eley Williams

    Heralding the return of the regular Short Story Salon, Mslexia columnist Alice Slater will be chairing a discussion between "bright new Irish voice" Nicole Flattery about her unforgettable collection of stories Show Them a Good Time and Eley Williams, author of Attrib, Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 28th March
    Karl Ove Knausgaard and Charlotte Higgins on Edvard Munch

    In So Much Longing in So Little Space, Karl Ove Knausgaard explores the life and work of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. Setting out to understand the enduring power of Munch’s painting, Knausgaard reflects on the essence of creativity, on choosing to be an artist, experiencing the world through art and its influence on his own writing. Knausgaard will be in conversation with writer and journalist Charlotte Higgins. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 30th March
    Crafting Your Prose: A Masterclass hosted by Words Away

    This bookable masterclass, led by a veteran editor, will look at ways to adapt your voice in writing for different purposes and different styles. The morning includes writer-friendly overview of grammar and syntax, and in the afternoon a discussion of specific close readings from a variety of genres, including contributions from your own reading and writing. Throughout the day there will be writing experiments and editing exercises to put some of these ideas into practice, and to finish an informal Q&A with Sarah Shrubb, Head of Hachette Audio. The London Bridge Hive 1 Melior Place SE1 3SZ London (map). 9.45-5pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 3rd April
    Madeline Miller: Circe

    Following the triumph of her Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller's best-selling Circe is described by Emily Wilson in the TLS as ‘a distinctive, lyrical novel about power, agency and responsibility. Celebrating the release of the paperback, Madeline will be discussing the point of view of this crafty, much-misunderstood goddess. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 4th April
    Bitch Lit: Lullaby by Leila Slimani

    This month Bitch Lit discusses Leila Slimani's sensational debut Lullaby, winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt. A compulsive, darkly chilling investigation into motherhood, class division and power, To avoid disappointment, book early to secure a place at this popular regular book club event Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 6th April
    Forgotten Women Workshop Flashback Fiction Showcase

    In this fun, interactive workshop, exploring the lost voices of women from history, you will learn how to write and perform convincing historical flash fiction, using objects and a range of prompts to inspire new stories. Workshop attendees will have a further opportunity to perform their finished pieces on Sat 11 May, alongside writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes at Tara Theatre. Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18 4ES. 10am-5pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 16th April
    The Spirit of a Place

    Celebrating 15 years of the RSL Ondaatje Prize, four past winners discuss the challenges and delights of writing to evoke the spirit of a place. Presenter and broadcaster Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough chairs as the writers discuss their prize-winning books and how the connections between the physical, cultural and personal landscapes of our lives can be revealed through literature. Knowledge Centre The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB. 7-8.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 27th April
    Finding the Centre with Colin Grant

    All writing begins with experience, but how you translate that experience is what matters when crafting your own story for the page. This bookable course is for writers who wish to transform the truth and experience of their own lives into memoir. Facilitated by experienced author and writing tutor, Colin Grant. Lab 1 Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU. 10am-4pm Find out more