A Roundup of Events from the Literary World


  • Tuesday 21st May
    An Evening with Tessa Hadley

    Meet Tessa Hadley to hear her discuss her new novel Late in the Day in which she explores the tangled webs at the centre of our most intimate relationships and the infinite alternate configurations we make of our lives. Owl Bookshop 207-209 Kentish Town Road NW5 2JU. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 30th May
    Jeanette Winterson

    Hear from the tirelessly inventive writer on her latest novel, an audacious exploration of identity, technology and sexuality. Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein spans three centuries and multiple narratives, launching us into a modern-day nightmare. Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. 7.15pm Find out more
  • Saturday 25th May
    What Winning Taught Me

    What can literary prize-winners teach us about publishing their work and the writing process? Whether you are a writer or avid reader, this promises to be an t inspiring evening with Preti Taneja, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 and Jennifer Makumbi, winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018. Guest reader and Word Factory regular Ruby Cowling will read from her debut collection, This Paradise. Enjoy readings and literary insight with three of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 3rd June
    Seamus Heaney Book Club

    Seamus Heaney would have turned 80 this year. Raise a glass to a much-loved, much-missed poet and Irish icon in this gathering to discuss his work and legacy, from his earliest collection, Death of Naturalist (Faber, 1966) through to his Forward Prize-winning final collection, Human Chain (Faber, 2010). Heaney's work as a translator as will also be considered, notably his Whitbread Prize-winning Beowulf (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000), which was considered groundbreaking in its application of modern language to Anglo-Saxon rhythms. National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall. Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 3rd June
    Women's Prize for Fiction

    The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring fiction by women. This year's shortlisted authors Pat Barker, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Diana Evans, Tayari Jones and Madeline Miller will be reading from and discussing their work ahead of the winner announcement on Wednesday 5th June, Fellow nominee Anna Burns is unable to attend but there will be a reading of her work on the night. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, SW1X 9DQ. 7pm Find out more
  • Saturday 4th June
    An American Marriage: Tayari Jones and Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, An American Marriage (Oneworld) is a thrilling depiction of the American Dream in freefall. Barack Obama called it ‘a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple’. Tayari Jones will be in conversation about the book, her fourth novel, with Cathy Rentzenbrink, whose memoir The Last Act of Love was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 5th June
    In Dialogue with Sharmaine Lovegrove

    An evening with the award-winning publisher and founder of Dialogue Books, Sharmaine Lovegrove, discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts and publishing industry. Diversity and inclusion are central to Sharmaine’s imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group. Since its launch in 2017, Dialogue Books has championed the work of marginalised writers, especially those from LGBTQI+, disability, BAME and working class communities. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 5th June
    Out of Body Experience

    Shift your perspective at an evening with poets Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh, whose works reflect on gender, disability, place and the body. National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall. Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Monday 10th June
    Polari: Featuring Dustin Lance Black

    Monday 10th June
    Polari: Featuring Dustin Lance Black The Oscar-winning film-maker, writer and social activist brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s stage, plus more sensational new commentaries on queer hearts and lives. In an electric evening of literary greatness, Black is joined by authors Collin Kelley, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott and Angela Chadwick, all reading from their latest works. Royal Festival Hall, Level 5 Function Room Green Side. Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 17th June
    Black Ballad presents: an evening with Candice Carty-Williams

    Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie has been one of the most exciting and anticipated book of 2019. Candice will be taking a broader look at black culture and black womanhood with Tobi Oredein, co-founder of Black Ballad, which “aims to tell the human experience through the eyes of black women in the UK”. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 19th June
    The Feminist Book Society presents: Motherhood – the last feminist taboo

    Feminist Book Society co-founders Katy Loftus and Eleanor Dryden will be hosting another lively, inclusive and thought-provoking conversation on this month's theme: Motherhood – the last feminist taboo with authors Mona Dash, Katie Hale and Sarah Knott Waterstones, 82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Thursday 20th June
    Out-Spoken Poetry

    Thursday 20th June
    Out-Spoken Poetry Join poets Ilya Kaminsky, Kei Miller and Sabrina Mahfouz for an evening of great spoken word and music. Out-Spoken, one of London's premier poetry and live music nights, is joining the Southbank Centre for a year-long residency, bringing you the best in UK poetry alongside world-class musicians. Hosted by Joelle Taylor, Out-Spoken features Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. 7.45pm Find out more
  • Saturday 22nd June
    Summer of YA Love

    For a celebration of summer romance join Beth Garrod, author of the Super Awkward series and a new book Take a Chance on Me, Simon James Green with a brand new LGBT rom-com Alex in Wonderland, and Laura Wood, author of Under a Dancing Star. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 4pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 26th June
    National Poetry Library Lates

    The Lates series, taking place in the Southbank's recently refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, is a platform for both emerging and established poets and spoken word artists. For the June edition, the National Poetry Library welcomes poets Mary Jean Chan, shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and Keith Jarrett, short story writer and former London and UK Poetry Slam! Hayward Gallery Cafe, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Sunday 30th June
    Shubbak Literature Festival: A celebration of contemporary Arabic writing

    The British Library welcomes the return of the literature focus of London’s acclaimed biennial arts festival Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. Join a day of conversation and readings with writers from across the Arab world and diaspora. Leïla Slimani, Inaam Kachachi and many others explore contemporary Arab feminism, the rise of queer memoir and creative writing, Kurdish literature in English translation, the contemporary historical novel and more. British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. 12-9pm Find out more