A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Monday 26th November
    Polari: Featuring David McAlmont

    Join Polari to celebrate the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, at an evening led by singer-songwriter David McAlmont. McAlmont will be reading an excerpt from his new queer history performance project girl.boy.child, an immersive, seance-like historical odyssey, inspired by three LGBT lives lived in National Trust properties. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 27th November
    Launch of A Small Dark Quiet by Miranda Gold

    Join Miranda Gold for the launch of her new novel A Small Dark Quiet (Unbound), a powerful story of loss, migration, and the search for belonging. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 27th November
    An Evening with Dan Snow

    Looking for prompts for a new writing project? Historian and BAFTA-winning broadcaster, Dan Snow discusses his new book: On This Day in History. Bringing to life a key event that happened on each day of the year, Dan’s new book shows how each historical event offers a different and unexpected insight into our past, weaving together a vivid, very human, history of the world. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 29th November
    Curious Kings Cross

    A talk with author Andrew Whitehead to celebrate the publication of his book Curious King’s Cross, a study of the sex, pubs and rock 'n'roll of this historically rich and beguiling district of London.. Andrew is one half of the writing team that brought Curious Kentish Town and Curious Camden Town. Owl Bookshop, 207-209 Kentish Town Road - London - NW5 2JU. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 3rd December
    An Evening with Michelle Obama

    In collaboration with Penguin Live, the Southbank Centre presents Michelle Obama in conversation about her highly anticipated new memoir, Becoming with acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 5th December
    Poetry for Preservation

    Livonian is Finnic language spoken by just over 20 people in Latvia and is listed by UNESCO as critically endangered. Despite being much more widely known, and having a rich poetic tradition, Scots is listed as a vulnerable language. The evening brings together Livonian poet and academic Valts Ernstreits, poet and translator Ryan Van Winkle, founder member of the Foundation for Endangered Languages Chris Moseley and Scottish poet and performer Stuart A Paterson. Discussion chaired by Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe. National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall. Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Thursday 13th December
    Bitch Lit Book Club: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

    BITCH LIT is a monthly book club devoted to new feminist writing and cult classics by women. Join them for wine and irreverent discussion led by literary critic Lucy Scholes. This session the group discusses Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado, which was published in 1958 to rave reviews and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30-8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 8th December
    The Time is Write Now

    What does ‘inspiration’ mean for the average writer? When is the right time to write? What is the difference between passive and active creativity? Maybe, when we say we’re just ‘not inspired’, what we’re really dealing with is a need for perfection or the fear of failure. Well, guess what, there’s never been a better time to write. Using the Pomodoro technique, Elaine Mary Stabler will focus on inspiration vs stimulation. Rather than waiting around for inspiration to strike, how can you, the writer, make inspiration come to you? Learn how to combat writer's block, the art of free writing, and hopefully see your own writing in creative new ways. Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. 1pm-4.30pm Reserve your Place
  • Saturday 19th January
    MIR16 Workshop Day

    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
  • 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