A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Sunday 26th March
    Green Ink Writers’ Gym

    Boost your confidence – and your word count! Informal, focused group sessions, combining inspiring exercises with quality time and space to write. Hosted by writer blogger Rachel Knightley Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 2.30-5.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 28th March
    Apple Tree Yard

    Join Louise Doughty, author of The Apple Tree Yard, and Amanda Coe, screenwriter for the BBC adaptation as they discuss what will undoubtedly be one of 2017s most talked about TV dramas. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 28th March
    The Zoo of the New - Poems to Read Now

    An evening with poets Don Paterson and Nick Laird who, in this new anthology, have cast a fresh eye over more than five centuries of verse, seeking poetry that retains power and relevance in the 21st Century. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 29th March 2017
    Write A Letter To Friend With Cancer - Join our Workshop

    Knowing what to say to a friend with cancer can be very difficult. At our letter writing workshops we inspire you to connect with your friend or family member by writing a letter or card. You’re also welcome to join us if you would like to write to someone you don’t know, to brighten their day. We provide the stationery, stamps and inspiration. All you need is your pen. Tickets available at link below. Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. 7pm - 8.30pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 21st March-Friday 28th April
    Larkin World

    Exhibition by artist DJ Roberts exploring the less melancholy, more life-enhancing qualities of Philip Larkin's poetry. The National Poetry Library at The Royal Festival Hall. 11-8pm Tuesday - Sunday Find out more
  • Tuesday 4th April
    The Baileys Prize Book Bar 2017: Comedy Queens

    Join some of the UK’s top female comedians and writers, including Katy Brand, Sara Pascoe, alongside writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes to celebrate the best of female comedy. Waterstones, 19-20 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BJ. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 5th April
    The Haiku Moment

    Selection of readings from haiku poets plus questions and answers to celebrate international Haiku Day, Booking essential. The national Poetry Library at The Royal Festival Hall. 8pm Find out more
  • Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April
    Write and edit a story: a two-day workshop

    This two-day course is designed to get you both writing and editing, by combining dedicated creative time with an intensive tour through ways to improve your draft. On day one, we’ll kick off by exploring ways to turn our ideas into full stories, from getting first words down to finishing a draft. You will then have ample time and space (and tea and cake) to write, in the quiet company of fellow scribblers. On day two, we will work through a series of editing approaches, which you will be able to apply to your own work. Think of these as a series of editorial experiments that will throw new light on plot, style, characterisation, setting, dialogue, openings and endings. We’ll discuss the results and share our work if we wish. This course is suitable for both beginners and committed writers. By the end of the course you will have a draft piece of work, and a range of editing skills you’ll be ready to apply to it! Clapton Laundry, Clapton, London E5. 10am-4pm both days. Find out more
  • Monday 10th April
    Meet J.D. Daniels

    Come and join us for an informal opportunity to meet JD Daniels over a glass of wine and discuss his first UK publication The Correspondence, a wise, witty and daring collection of letters. Tickets are free but please do call the shop on 020 7224 2295 to reserve your place. Daunt Books, Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW. 7pm Find out more
  • Tuesday 11th April
    JOANNA MOORHEAD The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

    Guardian journalist Joanna Moorhead tells the story of her lost relation, Leonora Carrington, who became a significant Surrealist artist and national treasure in her adopted Mexico. Daunt Books, Hampstead. 6.30pm 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