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April 2016

Book to Film, Publicity Strategies, Social Media, Book Launch

11 April, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SocietyM London Bankside at CitizenM Hotel London Bankside, 20 Lavington Street
London, SE1 0NZ United Kingdom

Co-founder of The Author School, Helen Lewis is the director of a leading book publicity firm, boasting years of experience working directly with authors, self-publishing companies, traditional and indie publishers, in the UK, US, Australia and Europe. Helen will guide you through The 'dos' and please 'do nots' of launching your book How to use Twitter to help your brand How to engage with people on Facebook to promote your book  How to get publicity  Why national media coverage still works…

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Coffee & Conversations with Gary Edward Gedall

11 April, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rustique – The Literary Café, 142 Fortess Road
London , NW5 2HP United Kingdom
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Rustique – The Literary Café, is pleased to welcome Gary Edward Gedall to read from some of his books, and to respond to questions about the subjects that he writes about; psychology, hypnosis, shamanism, EMDR, and equine, (horse), assisted therapy Gary is a psychologist and state registered systemic psychotherapist, with formal training in all the subjects listed above. He writes books that aim to be; inspirational, informative, interesting, and imaginative. His range includes: self-help, (for relationships), inspirational and spiritual novels,…

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Polari Soho Special

11 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place
London, WC2H 7JR GB
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London's award-winning LGBT literary salon goes back to its Soho roots with this special event for London Book Fair Cocktails and chat from 6pm. Readings from 7pm Bookstall kindly provided by Gay's The Word Hosted by Paul Burston with readings from author Diana Souhami, playwright and actor Alexis Gregory, poet and spoken word performer Keith Jarrett and author and comedian VG Lee.  

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Master of Mystery

11 April, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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Boris Akunin, bestselling Russian crime writer born in Georgia, in conversation with Boyd Tonkin, Senior Writer at The Independent and jury chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Akunin – the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili – discusses his fiction, the arts of translation, and what 19th-century Tsarist Russia (the setting of his Inspector Fandorin mysteries) might tell us about today.

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All in your head – The power of your mind to create your story

11 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street
London, London E1 5JL United Kingdom
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A conversation between neurologist and author Suzanne O'Sullivan and psychologist and writer Charles Fernyhough, chaired by BBC Click's Bill Thompson on the power of your mind to create your story. Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at The Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. In that role she has…

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An evening with Julian Fellowes

12 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Berkeley, Wilton Place
London, SW1X 7RL GB
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Belgravia: bringing the Dickensian serial into the digital age HIGH SOCIETY INTRIGUE GLAMOUR…. BELGRAVIA IS THE POSTCODE FOR ROMANCE Join Julian Fellowes, actor, novelist, film director, screenwriter and creator and producer of Downton Abbey in the Berkeley Ballroom, in conversation with Jessica Fellowes, for his new episodic story launching in a ground-breaking new app. 6pm drinks reception for 6.30pm start, to 9pm This is a rare chance to meet an accomplished writer and must not be missed. The ticket price includes a glass of champagne and…

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An evening with Marian Keyes and Good Housekeeping

12 April, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
1 Wimpole Street, 1 Wimpole St
London, W1G 0AE United Kingdom
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Join us for an evening of fun with Irish best-selling author Marian Keyes. She’ll be talking to Good Housekeeping about Making It Up As I Go Along, her new collection of essays on modern life, filled with her witty and wise thoughts on everything from breaking up with your hairdresser to turning 50. An international publishing phenomenon, Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. She has written 13 novels, been translated into 33 languages, and sold…

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Georgia on the Edge

12 April, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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A double bill of Georgia’s past through writers’ eyes: FROM THE KNIGHT IN THE PANTHER SKIN TO STALIN’S GREAT TERROR Historian Donald Rayfield, author of Edge of Empires and Stalin and His Hangmen, in conversation with Maya Jaggi, cultural journalist and Artistic Director of Georgia25. This world authority speaks about the ‘golden age’ of the medieval poet Shota Rustaveli, and his own translation of Kvachi (described by William Boyd as the ‘picaresque masterpiece of 20th-century Georgian literature’), a novel denounced as pornographic and whose author was…

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YA Salon

12 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, 292-294 Saint John Street
London, EC1V 4PA

YA Salon is a brand new book event, celebrating the very best in YA writing. For our first salon, we’ll be joined by award-winning author Ann M Martin, who will be talking about her latest book How to Look for a Lost Dog, as well as looking back on her much-loved Baby-Sitters Club series with acclaimed YA authors – and BSC fans – Holly Bourne and Laura Dockrill and host Anna James. #YASalon #LBSW16  

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‘London: A City in Turmoil’ with Nick Dobson

12 April, 2016 @ 6:15 pm
Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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A special talk by historian Nick Dobson, which he describes as ‘a story of a city where riot and disorder lurk just under the surface throughout history’. During this event at the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre (Holborn Library), Nick will focus on some of the many riots to have troubled our city for a period of nearly 900 years.

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Eyewitnesses on the Road to Freedom

12 April, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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Two of Georgia’s most famous novelist-screenwriters, Aka Morchiladze and Dato Turashvili in conversation with documentary filmmaker Teresa Cherfas about the rocky path to independence, the civil war that followed, and the legacy of the ‘90s – a time of bread queues and blackouts. Turashvili’s Flight from the USSR probed the true story of a group of Georgian students who hijacked a Soviet airliner in 1983 to escape to the West, and whose execution shocked society. In Aka Morchiladze’s Journey to Karabakh a privileged youth from…

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World Poets Series: The Great Flight

12 April, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 13 April, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd
London , SE1 8XX United Kingdom

Join us for the launch of The Big Flight, the refugee-focused issue of Modern Poetry in Translation. The evening’s performers are Syrian poet and translator Golan Haji, civil-rights activist and writer Nasrin Parvaz and translator and poet Stephen Watts. Hear readings of Golan’s poetry both in Arabic and in new English translations by Stephen Watts, then listen to a discussion of identity, dislocation and discrimination with Nasrin. This event is chaired by Sasha Dugdale, editor of Modern Poetry in Translation.…

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European Ways

13 April, 2016 @ 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Europe House, 32 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3EU United Kingdom
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Zurab Karumidze, novelist and co-editor of Georgia’s European Ways, in conversation with Maureen Freely, novelist, President of English PEN, and translator of the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. For 300 years, according to a new book of essays, Georgia has gravitated towards a European identity that was interrupted by 70 years of Soviet rule. Karumidze, now an adviser to the Georgian government, discusses what makes Georgians dream of Europe as their home. What is the forgotten history of the First Republic of 1918-21, when European…

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Shakespeare Special – CANCELLED

13 April, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street
London, WC2H 9HB

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, WE UNFORTUNATELY HAVE TO CANCEL THIS EVENING'S EVENT. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email sandy.mahal@reedexpo.co.uk Shakespeare Special with Howard Jacobson and Henry Goodman An event in partnership with Digital Theatre to discuss one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays: The Merchant of Venice. Howard Jacobson, who recently reinterpreted the play for Hogarth’s Shakespeare Retellings series with Shylock is My Name, will be joined by British actor, Henry Goodman in a special…

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Book Design Uncovered: Creating Books for Independent Publishers

14 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clays, One Tudor Street
London, EC4Y 0AH United Kingdom

As a self-publishing consultancy specializing in print and distribution, we help authors to produce more than just a book, but a beautiful product. It is often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but, without question, we do. Design is the first thing that your readers will notice about your book and as the author, you are the creative director, from conception to creation. As the creative director, you are in full control of what you want…

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‘London: A City in Turmoil’ with Nick Dobson

14 April, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gants Hill Library, 490 Cranbrook Road
Ilford, IG2 6LA United Kingdom
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A special talk by historian Nick Dobson, which he describes as ‘a story of a city where riot and disorder lurk just under the surface throughout history’. During this event at the Gants Hill Library in Redbridge, Nick will focus on some of the many riots to have troubled our city for a period of nearly 900 years.

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Writing on New Georgia

14 April, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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On Georgia’s Mother Tongue Day, Lasha Bugadze, new-generation novelist, playwright and cartoonist, in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Books Editor of Guardian News & Media What does it mean to be a writer in today’s Georgia with its freedoms and flashpoints – from religious revival to the shadow of 2008 when Russian tanks advanced on the capital? Bugadze’s play The President Has Come to See You was performed at London’s Royal Court in 2013. Why, in the view of this satirist, has politics taken the role of…

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London’s Voices – Life in the global city

14 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
19 Princelet St, 19 Princelet St
London, , London, E1 6QH United Kingdom
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An intimate evening at London's Museum of Immigration spotlighting the city's breadth and diversity at 19 Princelet St, featuring readings, performances, and talks from writers including Sathnam Sanghera, Nikesh Shukla, Ben Judah, Ayisha Malik, and Amanda Paul. 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields is a unique cultural institution in one of London's most magical buildings. Beyond our timeworn front doors are secrets and suitcases, poems and potatoes, and threads of history that connect with today's Londoners, and their experiences of migration…

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Sketchbook Social

14 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Café 1001, 91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL

Get your pencils at the ready and join us to sketch up a storm at Sketchbook Social! This special event for London Book and Screen Week is a night out with a twist: a fun, fast-paced interactive evening of drawing and doodling. Our host for the evening is Waterstones Children’s Laureate and Observer political cartoonist Chris Riddell, aka The Masked Doodler. Joining him are illustrators Vanna Vinci from Italy; award-winning illustrator and founder of the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign Sarah McIntyre; Mike…

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Alisa Ganieva: Challenging Russia’s Narrative

14 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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On the edge of the continent, Russia nevertheless makes its presence felt in Europe. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from a young voice with much to say about Russian ethnic tensions, gender roles and the current state of Russia. Russian writer and journalist Alisa Ganieva published her first novel, Salam Dalgat! under a male pseudonym, so that she could write about the male-dominated world of today’s Dagestan without censure. She won the 2009 national Debut Prize…

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Diana Athill: Alive, Alive Oh! in conversation with Erica Wagner

14 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Foyles Charing Cross, The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0DT United Kingdom
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Join us for an evening of conversation with one of the most remarkable literary women of the century, Diana Athill. Now in her ninety-ninth year, Diana’s career in publishing played a crucial role in shaping the literary landscape, and her two novels and nine autobiographical works have won her several awards and an OBE. Her latest essay collection Alive, Alive Oh! looks back over defining moments in her life upon taking the decision to move to a retirement home, describing…

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Indie Author Fringe Conference

14 April, 2016 - 16 April, 2016
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom

Indie Author Fringe offers FREE ONLINE DAY CONFERENCES for authors interested in self-publishing. We offer the best self-publishing advice and education for indie authors across the world — using the global reach of the ALLi advisor and member network. We are run by authors for authors, so it’s all free! We have planned three online international events in 2016 as fringe events to London Book Fair, Book Expo America and Frankfurt Book Fair. Each event will offer 24 hours of non-stop advice and inspiration, organized…

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Shakespeare in Ten Acts

15 April, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 17 April, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
British Library, 96 Euston Road
London , NW1 2DB United Kingdom

Journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers. Imagine how audiences reacted to ground-breaking moments like the first stage appearance by a female actor in 1660 and the first British performance of Othello by a black actor in 1825. Experience the glamour of Vivien Leigh’s Lady Macbeth costume, the surprising circus prop from Peter Brook’s radical 1970s A…

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Growing up with Bob Hoskins

15 April, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Soho House 76 Dean Street, 76 Dean Street
London, W1D 3SQ GB

Growing Up With Bob Hoskins - Rosa Hoskins discusses her moving memoir Remembering the times they shared together, join Rosa Hoskins in conversation with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh about her memoir, IT’S ALL GOING WONDERFULLY WELL, a revealing portrait of one of the country’s best-loved actors, and a moving story of a close bond between father and daughter. Rosa Hoskins is the daughter of Bob Hoskins and grew up hanging out on movie sets with her dad. She is a writer and…

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‘London: A City in Turmoil’ with Nick Dobson

15 April, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chipping Barnet Library, 3 Stapylton Road
Barnet , EN5 4QT United Kingdom
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A special talk by historian Nick Dobson, which he describes as ‘a story of a city where riot and disorder lurk just under the surface throughout history’. During this event at the Chipping Barnet Library, Nick will focus on some of the many riots to have troubled our city for a period of nearly 900 years.

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How to turn your idea into a novel with Jill Dawson

16 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
King’s Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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If you have an idea for a novel, this inspiring class will help you to stop procrastinating and dive into writing. You’ll get involved in practical exercises where you’ll dream up scenes, play with images and flesh out characters. You’ll also learn the essentials of synopsis-writing, structure and storytelling, as well as how to boost productivity. Suitable for writers of all levels, it’s the ideal class to help you to get your novel out of your head and onto the…

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AUTHOR EVENT at Kentish Town Library

16 April, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom

International scriptwriter and local novelist Céline La Frenière will be reading from and answering questions about her recent work Glaston Town. Plus refreshments and book signing. Free Event. All Welcome. Saturday: 16th April 2016 at 3.00 pm Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA Contact: Jonathan.marsh@camden.gov.uk

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My Nazi Legacy + Q&A

16 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street
London, E8 2PB United Kingdom
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While researching East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, international lawyer and writer Philippe Sands came to know two men whose fathers were high-ranking Nazi officials during World War Two ̶ Niklas Frank, whose father Hans Frank was governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland, found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials, and Horst von Wächter, whose father Otto von Wächter was governor of Krakow and Galicia. Both their fathers were responsible for the deaths of…

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Don’t Stop Me Now with Vassos Alexander

19 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3DP
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Join BBC sports broadcaster Vassos Alexander as he talks obut his new book Don't Stop Me Now with sports journalist Claire Maxted.  Quite simply, Don't Stop Me Now is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run.  Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss, and part simple childlike joy of running when you could  be walking.  Join us for drinks, get your copy of the books signed, and take part in this intimate…

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March 2017

Book Slam x Wellcome Book Prize

13 March, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Book Slam x Wellcome Book Prize will take place on the eve of the shortlist announcement for the 2017 prize, and will feature a stellar line-up of poets, musicians and authors. Topping the bill is the inimitable Val McDermid, acclaimed Scottish crime writer and Chair of the 2017 judging panel. The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that engage with the topics of health and medicine, and joining Val on the line-up will be two of…

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Book to Film, Publicity Strategies, Social Media, Book Launch

13 March, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
SocietyM London Bankside at CitizenM Hotel London Bankside, 20 Lavington Street
London, SE1 0NZ United Kingdom

The Author School, co-founder Helen Lewis is the director of a leading book publicity firm, boasting years of experience working directly with authors, self-publishing companies, traditional and indie publishers, in the UK, US, Australia and Europe. Founders Helen and Abiola Bello are The Great British Entrepreneur Finalists 2016. They will guide you through The ‘dos’ and please ‘do nots’ of launching your book How to use Twitter to help your brand How to engage with people on Facebook to promote…

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THE SPICE TAILOR’S ANJUM ANAND INTRODUCES “THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY”

13 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street
London, W1T 1RJ United Kingdom
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Food and Film

Food & Film returns to Charlotte Street Hotel on Monday 13th March in conjunction with London Book and Screen Week. Join award-winning TV chef and cookery writer, ANJUM ANAND as she introduces her favourite foodie film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and shares the inspiration behind her work and passion for food, including her new cook book ‘I Love India – Recipes and stories from city to coast, morning to midnight, and past to present’. After the movie, enjoy a three-course Indian…

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Tessa Hadley on Eudora Welty

13 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Review Bookshop London, United Kingdom + Google Map

For nearly 80 years, New York's 92nd Street Y has been a home to the voices of literature, hosting in its famed Reading Series the greatest literary artists of the 20th century and recording for posterity their appearances as part of its vast audio archive. Featuring Hisham Matar on Jorge Luis Borges, Alice Oswald on Ted Hughes and Tessa Hadley on Eudora Welty, the Writers on Writers series invites contemporary authors to discuss the legendary voices that have meant the…

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Jon Ronson: Psychopath Night with Very Special Guests

14 March, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester place
London, WC2H 7BX United Kingdom
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Jon Ronson

In Psychopath Night, Jon Ronson will recount the adventure of a lifetime - the funny, terrifying and utterly compelling events that led to his bestselling book The Psychopath Test.

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LIVING DANISHLY: AN EVENING OF COSINESS AND SCANDI CRIME

14 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Hygge

Hyyge (“hoo-ga”), the Danish concept of cosiness and comfortable conviviality, has become a sensation in the UK. In search of the secret ingredients that have made Denmark the world’s happiest country, people everywhere have been lighting candles, wrapping up warm in shearling slippers and thick blankets, and reconnecting with loved ones over games, food and music. London Book & Screen Week is collaborating with Waterstones Piccadilly to put on an evening of Scandi crime, followed by a discussion panel with…

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From Fighting Fantasy to The Witcher: How Narrative Design in Gaming Enhances Storytelling

15 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A BAFTA Games panel discussing the art of narrative and storytelling from page to screen and back again. Andrzej Sapkowski (author of The Witcher novel series) and Ian Livingstone CBE (co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series) are joined by fellow creative industry guests to discuss the role of narrative design in game storytelling. With video game sales at an all-time high, we ask the question: what is the next chapter?  And what is gaming’s mandate as a creative platform in the world of…

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Myths and Latin American reality in post-truth times – Conversation with Elmer Mendoza and Peter Watt

15 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The new series Thinking Ibero-America invites personalities from this vast cultural region and British experts to share and discuss their visions. The first instalment brings together Mexican novelist Èlmer Mendoza, a representative of the so-called narco-literature, and Dr. Peter Watt, a Hispanist from the University of Sheffield who specialises in human rights and organised crime. The theme of the talk is the reality of crime and corruption in Mexico and Latin America, its effects on those societies, and how these issues are…

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An Evening with Wicked + Divine

15 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterstone’s Tottenham Court Road, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BW United Kingdom

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Image Comics, Waterstones is pleased to present the award-winning creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and illustrator Jamie McKelvie. After a wildly popular run on Marvel’s Young Avengers, the pair launched the wildly popular The Wicked + The Divine. Alongside the ongoing publication of WicDiv, Gillen and McKelvie also recently published the long-awaited third volume of their previous creator-owned series, Phonogram, while also working on assorted projects. McKelvie recently directed the music video of…

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LIGHTWAVE – New Performance in Lithuanian Literature

15 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

A unique event celebrating Lithuanian's new generation of literary artists, featuring brand new readings and performances by Gabrielė Labanauskaitė-Diena, Žygimantas Kudirka and SJ Fowler, a British poet connected to their innovative, collaborative practise. Both Labanauskaite and Kurdirka have carved out reputations across Europe for remarkable writing and live performances to match. This is a rare chance in London to witness poets who are breaking ground in the new European scene. From Lithuania's powerful lyrical and formal tradition has grown a…

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Jon Ronson: Psychopath Night with Very Special Guests

15 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester place
London, WC2H 7BX United Kingdom
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Jon Ronson

In Psychopath Night, Jon Ronson will recount the adventure of a lifetime - the funny, terrifying and utterly compelling events that led to his bestselling book The Psychopath Test.

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An Evening of Poetry with Out-Spoken Press

15 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Join independent publisher Out-Spoken Press poets Anthony Anaxagorou, Sabrina Mahfouz, Bridget Minamore, Fran Lock and Hibaq Osman reading from their recent collections this evening, whilst Raymond Antrobus and Joelle Taylor will introduce us to brand new poems-in-manuscript ahead of publication. Heterogeneous is the definitive anthology of Anthony Anaxagorou’spoetry - an extensive and revised selection taken from several previous volumes. The winner of the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award, Anaxagorou offers the reader an insight into his poetry career with work spanning…

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The Story Sessions

15 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross
London, SE4 1BE United Kingdom
Free

The Story Sessions is like a folk club, but with themed spoken word. Our March theme is Retelling Tales: so myth, legend, fairytales, folklore, urban myth, done over and made new. Headlining authors and poets read to the audience, who join in with ‘Flash from the floor’: 100 words of fiction or poetry, written specially, happening to fit the theme, or scribbled in the interval. Testbed session: just before the interval a chosen author gets the an opportunity to try…

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Shanghai Voices: Xiao Bai and Huang Yuning in conversation with Paul Blezard

15 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Shanghai Voices

In conjunction with London Book and Screen Week, we are delighted to welcome Xiao Bai and Huang Yuning to Piccadilly for an evening of readings and discussion hosted by Paul Blezard. Xiao Bai (Zhang Haibo), a professional author of Shanghai Writers’ Association, took up writing in 2005. He has published two novels, Game Point and French Concession, one novella, The Agent Mr. Xu and two anthologies of essays, Erotic Hamlet and Acting vs. Peeping. French Concession has sold copyrights to…

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English PEN presents IMAGINING FUTURES: Jacek Dukaj and Zen Cho

16 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Gower Street, 82 Gower Street
London, Wc1E 6EQ United Kingdom
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Spirits Abroad

Are we living in an era predicted by science fiction? What do we imagine for our future? Celebrated Polish science-fiction writer Jacek Dukaj and British-Malaysian writer Zen Cho come together to discuss ‘imagined futures’ within the genres of speculative and science fiction. This event is a partnership between the British Council and English PEN, and chaired by Anna James. Zen Cho is the author of Crawford Award-winning short story collection Spirits Abroad and editor of anthologyCyberpunk: Malaysia. Her debut novel…

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TERRY O’NEILL in conversation and screening of ‘TWO FOR THE ROAD’

16 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square
London, EC2M 4YD United Kingdom
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Terry O'Neill

The iconic 60s and 70s Photographer Terry O´Neill discusses and signs his new book “Every Picture Tells A Story”, in which he portrays the crème de la crème of the creative industry and adds an incredible personal insight with stories and anecdotes. The book will be available to purchase on the night. O´Neill was the photographer on Stanley Donen´s 1968 movie “Two For The Road” starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. The movie will be screening after the Q&A. Drinks 6:30 pm…

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Olga Tokarczuk and Deborah Levy

16 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Review Bookshop London, United Kingdom + Google Map

One of the most acclaimed Polish writers of her generation, Olga Tokarczuk has won multiple prizes, most recently for her novel The Books of Jacob, which explores an important moment in 18th-century Polish history. Two recent novels, The Books of Jacob and Flights, will shortly be published, for the first time in English, by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Tokarczuk will be in conversation with Man Booker shortlisted novelist Deborah Levy. This event is part of the Poland Market Focus programme at The…

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An evening with Minalima celebrating the release of Beauty and the Beast

16 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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The Beauty and the Beast

Waterstones Piccadilly are proud to welcome Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, founder of the design studio Minalima, in conversation to discuss their latest release, a stunning new edition of Beauty and the Beast, written by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbo Villenueve. This is the third installment in an ongoing classics series which has also seen them bring to life Peter Pan and The Jungle Book. Minalima  are best known for establishing the visual graphic style for the Harry Potter film franchise, and more recently,…

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World Poets Series: Polish Poets in London

16 March, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southbank Centre – Poetry Library, Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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Polish Perspectives: An Evening with Ewa Winnicka

17 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Rd London SW17 7BQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Join us on the 17th March at the wonderful White Eagle Club – the heart of Balham’s Polish community – for an evening of Polish writing and culture.

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Gosh Celebrates Image Comics

17 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gosh! Comics, 1, Berwick St, Soho
London, W1F 0DR United Kingdom

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Due to anticipated demand, we have decided to issue free tickets for this event. These will be available via this link from 12.00pm onFriday the 10th March. Seating is unreserved, and some returns may be available on the night. Tickets are limited to 2 per person. Gosh Comics has an incredible line-up of Image creators appearing to talk process, politics and anything else that crops up in what is sure to be a lively discussion! Don't miss this panel with Jordie Bellaire,…

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The science of storytelling with Will Storr

18 March, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
King’s Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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Drawing upon the latest research from neuroscience and psychology, award-winning writer Will Storr reveals how authors, screenwriters and journalists of all levels can make their writing more compelling. During this fascinating masterclass, you’ll learn how the human brain turns life events into dramatic narratives. Then, you’ll discover how to exploit the brain’s natural storytelling processes within your own writing. The course comprises a mixture of theoretical talks and fun practical exercises, where you’ll build up a captivating scene using principles…

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Gosh Celebrates Image Comics

18 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gosh! Comics, 1, Berwick St, Soho
London, W1F 0DR United Kingdom

  It's Image Comics' 25th anniversary, and to mark the occasion Gosh! Comics will have a number of signings happening throughout the afternoon of Saturday the 18th March! Read more here. They'll  have (deep breath!) Jordie Bellaire, Simon Gane, Emi Lenox, John McCrea, Tradd Moore, Sean Phillips, Alison Sampson, Declan Shalvey, Si Spurrier, Eric Stephenson, Christian Ward, Caspar Wijngaard & Dan Watters all on site to say hi and scribble in your books for you. These talented folks will be signing…

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Partners in Crime

18 March, 2017 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Harlow Library, Cross Street Harlow CM20 1HA United Kingdom + Google Map

Tajemnica Domu Helclów (The Mystery of Helcel House) is a deliciously camp pastiche of a period crime story published by Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski under the name Maryla Szymiczkowa. The adventurers of their main protagonist, Mrs Szczupaczynska, often referred to as the Miss Marple of Polish crime fiction, will be shared with leading UK ‘partners in crime fiction’ Nicci French. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Meet the Neighbours Day in Harlow on Saturday 18 March. FESTIVAL 4…

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April 2018

An evening with UK Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)

9 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BJ
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£5

Waterstones TCR and Image Comics are pleased to present an evening with Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate and artist and co-creator of the Eisner-award winning series The Walking Dead. Alongside the ongoing publication of the Skybound series The Walking Dead, Charlie has co-created books such as Rock Bottom, Codeflesh, White Death, and many more in his twenty plus year career to date. He’s drawn the French album Breath Of The Wendigo and plans to continue working for that market with…

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Being Baltic: at the crossroads of influence

9 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
British Library, 96 Euston Road
London , NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£10

Explore the literary influences of European, Russian and Nordic cultures on contemporary Baltic authors Three leading Baltic writers - Mihkel Mutt (Estonia), Nora Ikstena (Latvia) and Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania) - join us to discuss the literary influences of European, Russian and Nordic cultures on their work. Mikhel Mutt is an Estonian writer and versatile columnist, writing about domestic and world politics. Prose writer and essayist Nora Ikstena is considered one of the most influential prose writers in Latvia, known for…

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Re-writing Europe: Rein Raud in conversation with David Szalay

10 April, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 4QW United Kingdom
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£5

Booker prize shortlisted novelist David Szalay joins us to talk to acclaimed Estonian writer Rein Raud. David Szalay’s 2016 book All That Man Is deals with European masculinity in crisis. In it, nine different men in scattered parts of Europe try to understand what it means to be alive. Rein Raud’s work engages with, among other things, Europe as a cultural and political ideal - and as a utopia. His most recent novel in English, The Death of the Perfect…

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Conversations with Film-Makers: An Evening with Jonas Mekas

10 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Peckhamplex London, 95A Rye Lane
London, SE15 5EX
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£4.99

In partnership with MUBI and Serpentine Cinema, the Lithuanian Culture Institute is proud to present an evening with Jonas Mekas. The evening features a screening of his 2012 film OUTTAKES FROM THE LIFE OF A HAPPY MAN, followed by the avant-garde pioneer in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, and a signing of CONVERSATIONS WITH FILM-MAKERS (published by Spector Books), which gathers his many interviews for his weekly column in the Village Voice between 1958 and 1977.. The Jonas…

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London Book Fair Book launch: children’s book “Dog Town” by Luīze Pastore

10 April, 2018 @ 11:00 pm - 11 April, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Wales stand (5C129), Olympia, Hammersmith Rd
London, W14 8UX
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Participants: Latvian writer Luīze Pastore Award-winning Latvian author`s Luize Pastore's debut in English, published by Firefly Press Ltd.. More information

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China: A Nation of Readers @ Asia House

11 April, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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£5

China: A Nation of Readers Wed 11 April @ 6.45pm – 9pm £5 China has recently seen an explosion of new writing as authors young and old, men and women, experiment with new forms (including the hugely popular online novels) and bring stories that reflect the complex realities of China today to an enthusiastic readership. However, the most popular fiction in China is often by foreign authors if the country's 2017 Best Sellers List is anything to go by. Afghan-born American author…

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Children of History with Nora Ikstena, Alvydas Slepikas & Sara Taylor

12 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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£5 – £7

How does a country’s history or identity affect its ideas of family and family life? The Baltic countries of Lithuania and Latvia have lived through some tumultuous 20th century history. Two writers from these countries, Nora Ikstena (Latvia) and Alvydas Šlepikas (Lithuania) join Sara Taylor, whose novels The Shore and The Lauras both explore families and place, to unpick the thorny connections between national history and the intimate relationship of the family with Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Nora Ikstena is a prose writer…

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EstLitFest – The Estonian Literature Festival – Day Two

14 April, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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£6

As an extension of the London Book Fair, a weekend celebration of Estonian writing will be taking place at the EstLitFest (13 – 14 April 2018). This exciting event is part of the centenary celebrations of the Estonian Republic, Estonia 100, and will bring together some of the country’s finest writers and familiar faces from the UK for a festival of words, food, drink and live music. Stories and songs | A family morning with Veronika Kivisilla 11.00-12.00, Family event…

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March 2019

17,000 Islands of Imagination: Indonesian Literature Today

11 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
British Library, 96 Euston Road
London , NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£8 – £12

With its incredible diversity of identities, languages, religions, geographies and histories, Indonesia cannot easily be represented in writing. Louise Doughty chairs an evening of discussion and readings with some of Indonesia’s most exciting contemporary writers: Agustinus Wibowo, Dewi Lestari and Seno Gumira Ajidarma. Together they will talk about turning their islands of imagination into stories, novels and narratives that together begin to capture the complexity and diversity of Indonesia today.

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The Triumphant Return of Old Baggage

11 March, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
West End Lane Books, 277 West End Lane
London, NW6 1QS
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Lissa Evans talks about her heavenly, Hampstead-set bestselling novel. We are never knowingly under-hyperbolised and we have loved, adored and evangelised Lissa Evans‘ warm, wise and witty novel Old Baggage since first reading it in hardback. But now, not only is it in paperback, it’s finally achieved its rightful status as a Number 1 bestseller, so we are delighted to welcome Lissa back to the shop to read from and answer questions about her book on March 11 at 7.30…

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Angie Thomas: On the Come Up

12 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX
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£15

The bestselling author of The Hate U Give presents her second novel, an homage to hip-hop and the power of storytelling. On the Come Up is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities faced by poor and working-class black families. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of…

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Guantánamo Kid: Jérôme Tubiana, Alexandre Franc and Jeremy Harding

12 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
London Review Bookshop London, United Kingdom + Google Map
£10

Mohammed El-Gharani was no more than 14 when he left his native country, Saudi Arabia, in order to study English in Pakistan. Shortly after 9/11, he was detained during a raid on his local mosque and taken into the custody of the US army. He was flown first to Kandahar and then to Guantánamo Bay, where he was held and abused for seven years without charge or trial. El-Gharani was one of the youngest prisoners at the camp, and one…

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The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor – an evening with Rana Haddad

13 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Waterstones Crouch End, Unit 1, 2-4 The Broadway, Crouch End
London, N8 9SN United Kingdom
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Join us for an evening with Rana Haddad, author of The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor: Taking place in 1970-90s Syria, from the point of view of a curly haired anti-establishment girl who does all the things a girl like her is not supposed to do. A tale about finding truth and freedom in a world that tries to deny it. A rebellious photographer, a romantic astronomy student, a tantalising singer and a snobbish but highly strung heart surgeon,…

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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line with Dr David Nott

13 March, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
The MCT at Alleyn’s School, Townley Road
London, SE22 8SU United Kingdom
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Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with David Nott who will be discussing his new book War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line. David Nott is a consultant surgeon for the NHS but for more than twenty five years, he has taken unpaid leave from his job to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations…

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Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic

14 March, 2019 @ 8:15 am
Senate House Library, University Of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
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£5

Join us on Thursday 14 March for a unique combination of magic show, book launch and talk by Gustav Kuhn on his new book Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic About the book: How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the mysteries of the human mind. What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person's mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that…

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Democracy in Indonesia: Cultural Perspectives

14 March, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT), Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block) SOAS University of London, Russell Square
London, WC1E 7HU
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More than 20 years since the fall of the Suharto regime, writers and journalists occupy a key role in shaping the cultural life of the world’s third largest democracy, reflecting on recent history and also contributing to discussion about the future direction of this achipelagic nation.  Prominent Indonesian writers Leila S. Chudori, Goenawan Mohamad and Norman Erikson Pasaribu will talk about their perspective on the Indonesian cultural scene in this key election year. Chaired by Dr Ben Murtagh, Senior Lecturer…

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Pete Souza – Book Signing

14 March, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Join us for this rare opportunity to meet former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza. Pete will visit Waterstones Piccadily to sign copies of his new book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, which tells the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Terms and Conditions Tickets are available online only, via this page and Eventbrite. There will be no allocation of tickets at Waterstones Piccadilly. Each ticket includes a copy of Shade, and entitles…

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The Rise of the Modest Revolution

14 March, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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Dian Pelangi, Professor Reina Lewis, Kulsum Patel and Raishma Islam in conversation #AsiaHouseArts FREE FOR STUDENTS! Modest fashion is a billion dollar global business that is now influencing the mainstream market. Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana are catering to the modest buyer, hijab-wearing models are appearing in high-profile fashion and beauty campaigns and Muslim digital influencers command as many millions of followers as their non-covered counterparts. We are thrilled to welcome digital influencer, designer and author of Hijab Street…

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Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman

14 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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£10

Like many of his contemporaries, Pushkin’s attitude to Tsarism was ambivalent. As he saw it, those periods of Russian history which had seen the most progress had been achieved at the initiative of individual rulers - but often at a heavy cost. Perhaps the most outstanding example of this had been the reign of Peter the Great. Regarded as the ‘miracle-working’ Tsar, he had defeated the Swedish Empire and, against all the odds, founded the entirely new city of St…

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The Freedom Artist: Ben Okri in Conversation

14 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road
London, E8 4AA
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£6

Please join us for an evening to celebrate the release of Ben Okri’s latest novel. Ben will read from the book and take questions on his work. The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. BEN OKRI was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first-hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for…

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WHAT REMAINS: Turning life experience into literature

14 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bulgarian Cultural Institute, 188 Queen's Gate
London, SW7 5HL
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A conversation from the perspective of three Bulgarian books with forthcoming English translations: Overlooked by Nataliya Deleva, Second Skin by Katerina Stoykova and the anthology Our Fathers Are Never Really Gone (ed. Nevena Dishlieva).

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A Salon to Celebrate the Launch of Stand Magazine

15 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
London Review Bookshop London, United Kingdom + Google Map

Join us for an evening of poetry readings, conversation, music and wine with Indonesian writers Avianti Armand, Clara Ng and Nirwan Dewanto to launch the special Indonesia edition of Stand – a fixture on the British and world literary scene since 1952. The evening will be hosted by Kate Wakeling.

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Baltic View presents: film screening The Little Comrade

17 March, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St
London , W1B 2UW United Kingdom
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£7 – £12

The Little Comrade (  feature, 2018, 98') by Moonika Siimets is one of Estonia's most successful and award-winning films in recent years. The film is based on autobiographical novels " Comrade Kid" and "Grown-Ups and Velvet and Sawdust"  by Leelo Tungal published in Estonia by Tänapäev Publishers between 2008 and 2018. Leelo Tungal ( b. 1947) is one of Estonia’s most significant and best-loved children’s authors, poets and lyricists. In 2019, Tungal was awarded  the Estonian State Cultural Prize, which…

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