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March 2017

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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Natural Born Storytellers ‘Barking up the Wrong Tree’

15 March, 2017 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Camden Head, 100 Camden high Street
Camden, London NW1 0LU United Kingdom
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True stories about going in the wrong direction, missing something obvious or heading down the wrong path with no brakes and no way to stop! Perhaps you'll hear a story about a mystery unfolding, a family pet or someone's favourite tree. Tonight's true tales will be about misunderstandings, false positives, misguided intentions or something more literal as all our storytellers will be telling us stories about the time they went barking up the wrong tree.  Anyone from the audience is…

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The potential of personalised e-reading for the new generation

16 March, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The UCL London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street
London, WC1N 3QS United Kingdom

This event, held at UCL IOE (London Knowledge Lab), invites children’s app designers, book publishers and game designers, as well as teachers, professionals and parents/caregivers, to discuss personalisation in children’s digital books. Personalisation involves the use of children’s own images, voiceovers, artwork (e.g. drawings) and texts. The ubiquity of handheld digital technologies and dramatic rise in the use of tablets among preschoolers, have led to a heightened commercial interest in personalised tablet and smartphone digital books for 3 to 5-year-old…

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In Context: How Do We Remember?

16 March, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Theatre SE1 9PX United Kingdom + Google Map

An afternoon session which explores the process, role and function of memory in everyday life as well as for use as a creative tool. Professor Martin Conway (City University London) has researched human memory for over 32 years publishing numerous papers, books and media appearances. Martin will lead the afternoon involving colleagues from arts and theatre.

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Dara Film Screening / Panel Discussion

16 March, 2017 @ 5:40 pm - 9:00 pm
Westminster University, Portland Hall
12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7BY United Kingdom
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DESCRIPTION Arrival and registration 5.40 pm. Film starts 6pm You are invited to a film screening of the play Dara, with the kind permission of the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre Pakistan. Dara was seen by more than 30,000 people over 36 performances in London in 2015, and was the first time a work by a Pakistani theatre company (Ajoka Theatre) had been adapted and staged by the National Theatre. The audiences included many young people from Britain’s Asian communities.…

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Arnis Balcus “Victory Park” Photobook Launch

16 March, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop, 16-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW United Kingdom + Google Map

Victory Park focuses on a particular location in the Latvian capital of Riga, a park with a complex history overlaid with the policies of former regimes and cumbersome social realities. This photographic work is more than just documentation or research material — the spontaneity of the shots and the juxtaposition of the images in the book creates an impression of an artistic experiment carried out in-situ. Photographer Arnis Balcus (*1978) is based in Riga, Latvia. He has BA in Communication…

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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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Ballad on Karma – Anahad Nad Kathak – Jonaki Raghavan

16 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street London W1K 1HF United Kingdom + Google Map

Hingori Sutras presents ‘The Ballad on Karma' a presentation of the Karma Sutra in the form of music and dance. Just like cause and effect, music and dance together string the rhythm that defines the symphony of life. If music is the reflection of the emotional spirit, dance is its physical expression. The spirit within is nameless and formless, it can only be experienced as vibrations. Hence, the name of the programme – Anagad Nad, or, the unfelt vibration. Jonaki…

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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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With Paper For Feet

16 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road
London, SE10 8NN United Kingdom

Reading from poet Jennifer A  McGowan from her new collection, With Paper For Feet With Paper for Feet  is themed and narrative, drawing together Jennifer A. McGowan’s poetry of myth and folktale, and the frailties – human and otherwise – behind them. With Paper For Feet explores, mostly from a female persepctive, the guts it takes to live or – often - die, un-heroically. Her characters laugh, argue, complain, suffer, curse, …Gold is heavy, and it chafes… aware that more…

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The Pirates of Penzance

16 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES United Kingdom
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Let’s get this straight. The pirates, who take pity on orphans, are really peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has sworn to put them behind bars, is really only five. And the policemen, whose lot is not a happy one, are really, really hopeless at foiling felons… A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance makes for the perfect night out. Chock-full of memorable melodies, it includes the famous tongue-twisting patter…

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The Human Seasons / After the Rain / New Crystal Pite

16 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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The first revival of David Dawson’s first work for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the poetry of Keats. David Dawson created The Human Seasons, his first work for The Royal Ballet, in 2013. Dawson trained at The Royal Ballet School before going on to dance with companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. His 2000 ballet A Million Kisses to my Skin launched Dawson’s choreographic career, which has seen him take positions as resident…

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Poetry Connections: Eight poets jam together in four languages

16 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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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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The Velveteen Rabbit

17 March, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom
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REAL ISN’T HOW YOU ARE MADE. IT’S A THING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU. By Margery Williams Directed by Purni Morell ★★★★ ‘Utterly gripping...’ The Guardian ★★★★ ‘The children sat entranced’ Daily Mail ★★★★ 'A perfect show' WhatsOnStage ‘Graceful and inventive...The rapport is palpable, often to the giggling delight of the young audience members.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Makes a strong case for the importance and delight of imaginative play.’ New York Times There once was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he…

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Roman Tragedies

17 March, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on 19 March, 2017 at 4:00pm

Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom + Google Map

Toneelgroep Amsterdam based on William Shakespeare Ivo van Hove’s epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of the modern era’ (Time Out), and immerses you in the midst of the multimedia action. Set in a conference centre with multiple screens relaying non-stop media coverage, tautly edited versions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra unfold to form one flowing performance. Power, passion, ambition and national interests – this is the political game revealed in all its facets…

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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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BOONDOCKS CINEMA CLUB – GANGS OF NEW YORK (ST.PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL)

17 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Below Boondocks, 205 City Road
London, EC1V 1JN United Kingdom
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Boondocks

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz. A tale of gang warfare in nineteenth-century New York depicting the Irish American immigration experience in the city and America. Put down your DVD remote and crisps – we’ve got movie night sorted. To make your movie experience that much more special, we'll be serving the Boondocks’ signature Cajun popcorn, a devilishly messy chilli-cheese hot dog and mac & cheese, so don’t fill up beforehand! Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening, a…

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The Blake Society presents: Blake’s Light as You Catch it in Soho

17 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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The Ginger Light is the unique collaboration between the acclaimed poet and author Jeremy Reed and the musician and producer Itchy Ear. Ginger Light is an attempt to blur the boundaries that exist between spoken word, music, sound design and song. Together they create a performance dynamic unparalleled in British poetry. Jeremy Reed was acclaimed by JG Ballard as ‘the most gifted poet working today’; his poetry, fiction and performances are singularly inimitable in their opposition to grey mainstream poetry.…

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The Bluestocking Club and English PEN present: Fahrenheit 451

17 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Waterstone’s Tottenham Court Road, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BW United Kingdom

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it — Ray Bradbury In an unnamed town, at an unnamed time, a repressive government hopes to keep its citizens blind and unquestioning by outlawing the one…

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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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The Heartstone Odyssey at Docklands Museum

18 March, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum of London Docklands, No 1 Warehouse W India Dock Road
Canary Wharf London, E14 4AL United Kingdom

It’s set to be an afternoon of magic and mystery as legendary actor, Sir Derek Jacobi, sets in motion the next  London stage presentation of ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’, at Docklands Museum, a tale about a band of talking mice, astronomers who live at a Royal observatory, a young woman, Chandra, and their many friends on a quest to retrieve the enchanted Heartstone that is the spirit of their community. One fragment of the magical gem, broken in India around 200…

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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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The Godfather Live At London Palladium

18 March, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street
Soho, W1F 7TE United Kingdom
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film brought to the big screen with Nino Rota’s haunting score performed simultaneously by live orchestra in matinee and evening shows. Following the extraordinary success of the 2016 UK concert tour, The Godfather Live, a celebration of the crime classic regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made, comes to the London Palladium for matinee and evening performances on Saturday March 11th 2017, produced by CineConcerts and Senbla. Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless masterpiece The…

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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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Global Pillage with Susan Wokoma, Athena Kugblenu, Sarah Bennetto, Radu Isac, Larry Dean, Lemn Sissay & Avery Edison

18 March, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
King’s Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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Global Pillage is a new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. Listen to the trailer now! • What do the Japanese mean when they accuse someone of ‘having a cat on their head’? • What do your friends make you do if you’re unmarried by 30 in Germany? • What did the acronym NORWICH mean (the equivalent of sexting jargon) if sent between World War Two sweethearts? All the oddness of humanity is explored in…

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Moonlight (screening with live score)

18 March, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom + Google Map

Already with a Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion Picture and four BAFTA nominations, Barry Jenkins's touching exploration of black gay identity in modern America, Moonlight, is enhanced in this special European premiere screening featuring the soundtrack performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. The story centers around Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. Meeting him at three chapters in his life, grappling with his sexuality, fleeting experiences of love and acceptance contrasted with pain and confusion.…

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THE POETRY BROTHEL ‘CONFESSIONS FROM THE GUTTER’

18 March, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3BL United Kingdom
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After a successful debut in The West End, The Poetry Brothel London returns to the streets of Dickensian London to howl at conventions and falsehood and to spread our tapestry of fiery, insightful and compelling poetry. History is not only to be told by the victors but by the voices of the marginalised, the unheard, the unconsoled and the forgotten by the establishment. The Poetry Brothel London is funnelling the spirit of Dickens, Jack London, Orwell and collectively summoning a…

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Where’s Wally? Fun Run

19 March, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive London SW4 9DE United Kingdom + Google Map

Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km dressed as Martin Hanford's red and white striped shirt wearing character for the National Literacy Trust's Where's Wally? Fun Run. Taking place on Clapham Common for the first time, the fun run is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities - there's even a 1K for under 12s. Further fun for kids includes rides and free races in the festival area and, for the first time this year, everyone who takes part…

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Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter: film screening at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

19 March, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Rd, Kings Cross
London, NW1 2AR United Kingdom
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Harry Potter Screening

Grown up Potter fans, rejoice: London Book & Screen Week are putting on a Harry Potter film screening in partnership with the spellbinding St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Celebrate twenty years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in a setting straight out of Hogwarts. Dive right back in to the stories of your favourite witches and wizards faster than you can say ‘Portus’. Expect free popcorn on arrival from Joe & Seph's and themed cocktails at…

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April 2018

The European Camarade

7 April, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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30 poets in 15 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night. The grand event of European Poetry Festival, formerly European Poetry Night. Featuring: Livia Franchini & Rike Scheffler Christodoulos Makris & Frederic Forte Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery Erik Lindner & Harry Man Max Hofler & SJ Fowler Robert Prosser & Alessandro Burbank Theodoros Chiotis & Sergej Timofejev Tomas Pridal & Iris Colomb Astra Papachristodoulou & Muanis Sinanovic Damir Sodan & Martin Solotruk Giedrė…

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European Poetry Festival: The European Camarade

7 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London, E1 6LA
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Participants: Latvian writer Sergejs Timofejevs 30 poets in 15 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance made especially for the night. The Camarade is a way to bring together dozens of European poets to London to collaborate, perform and to build connections that will last for decades. More information

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Baltic View: Film Event – ‘Miracle’ with Q&A

8 April, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street
London, E8 2PB United Kingdom

Join us in celebrating Lithuanian centenary of restored statehood and come to the London premiere of a Lithuanian filmmaker's Egle Vertelyte debut film! It is 1992 and Lithuania has shifted from communism to capitalism, leaving the small collective pig farm managed by Irena, in dire straits. Irena struggles to keep the farm and her workers afloat when a handsome American, Bernardas, arrives pledging to save the struggling enterprise and turns Irena‘s family life and routine of the village upside-down. As…

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Parthian Baltic poetry launch

8 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place
London, W1T 1JB
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Participants: Latvian writers Madara Gruntmane, Eduards Aivars and Krišjānis Zeļģis An evening of poetry and beer-tasting to kick off London Book Fair 2018 and celebrate the launch of Parthian Baltic, an exciting series of books showcasing the best writing from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Each country's poetry will be accompanied by a sample of its finest beer for a real Baltic sensory treat! More information

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European Poetry Festival: Performance Literature & Sound Poetry

8 April, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane
London, SE1 7LG
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Participants: Latvian writer Sergejs Timofejevs European poetry is going through a remarkable renaissance in avant-garde and innovative practise. A series of poets explore the possibilities of performance, liveness, space, time and sound. This event is a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the possibilities of an old art in a new century.   More information (7:30pm doors, 8pm start)

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European Poetry Festival : Lithuanian & British poets collaborate!

9 April, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St
London, WC2H 9BX
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A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest literary poetsfrom Lithuania and their British contemporaries present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring: Marius Burokas & George Szirtes Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Colin Herd Giedrė Kazlauskaite & John Clegg  The evening will be opened with short solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) Erik Lindner (Holland) Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Theodoros Chiotis (Greece).    

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Luize Pastore at Moon Lane Ink

9 April, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Moon Lake Books, 300 Stanstead Road
London, SE23 1DE United Kingdom
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Latvian writer Luize Pastore joins us at Moon Lane Ink to introduce us to Jacob Bird and his grumpy cousin Mimi. Strange things are afoot in the run-down Maskatchaka district of Riga, where Jacob lives. Evil Skylar Scraper’s scheme to transform it into a concrete jungle is being fought tooth and paw by stray dogs, lead by their fierce commander Boss, his mate Bianca and their twin puppies. Luize will tell us all about her gang of talking dogs, the…

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Reading and a workshop for children by Luīze Pastore

9 April, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Moon Lane Ink, 300 Stanstead Road
London, SE23 1DE
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Participants: Latvian writer Luīze Pastore Award-winning Latvian author Luīze Pastore will be running a workshop and talking about her new book Dog Town. Dog Town is a charming adventure story, full of surprises, wisdom and humour. It is Pastore`s debut in English published by Firefly Press Ltd. For ages 8-12s More information

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

9 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BJ
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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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Rehearsals, Schisms and the Second Coming: the work of Vladimir Sharov – a discussion between Oliver Ready and Anna Aslanyan

9 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Vladimir Sharov is  now widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding Russian writers of the past half-century. Oliver Ready has just made the first English translation of Sharov's seminal work The Rehearsals, a stunning reflection on art, religion and national identity. It follows his translation of Sharov’s Before and During, which was launched at Pushkin House in 2014 and went on to win the Read Russia Prize in 2015. To mark the publication of The Rehearsals, Oliver Ready and fellow…

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Being Baltic: at the crossroads of influence

9 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
British Library, 96 Euston Road
London , NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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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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Frankenstein: The Reincarnations

10 April, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Soho House, 76 Dean Street
London, England W1D 3SQ United Kingdom
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Join us for a themed evening to celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein in popular culture. Written by Mary Shelley, the novel first published in 1818 when the author was just 20 years old and has since become a cult classic, inspiring countless adaptations for both stage and screen. Biographer Fiona Sampson will be in conversation with novelist Nick Harkaway, chaired by novelist Kim Newman, to discuss Mary Shelley and her ground-breaking book, regarded by many as the first work of…

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Shamil Idiatullin and Yulia Iakovleva in Conversation

10 April, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Russian writers Shamil Idiatullin and Yulia Iakovleva will hold a meet-the-author session on the fourth floor of Waterstones Piccadilly (203 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HA (D)) on Tuesday, 10th April at 17:30 as part of the Читай Россию/Read Russia programme. The event will be held in Russian. Shamil Idiatullin is a journalist, editor, and writer. He was born in Ulyanovsk, grew up in Naberezhnye Chelny, studied in Kazan, and now lives in Moscow. He graduated from Kazan State University with a…

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

10 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 4QW United Kingdom
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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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Band Sigma concert “Mythemes”

10 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, The Nave, 78 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 4AG
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This year, Latvian indie-rock band "Sigma" is releasing its second album "Mythologies", especially significant for the fact that all song lyrics are written by well-known Latvian poets - Kārlis Vērdiņš, Inese Zandere, Marts Pujāts, Anna Auziņa, Jānis Rokpelnis, Inga Gaile and Uldis Bērziņš. Sigma will be performing songs in Latvian and English to celebrate Latvia’s participation at The London Book Fair 2018 and Latvia's Centenary. More information

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Read Russia Programme, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Calvert 22 Foundation presents: The Critical Mass of the Critical Mess 100 issues of Moscow Art Magazine

10 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue
London, E2 7JP United Kingdom
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The book Critical Mass: Moscow Art Magazine 1993–2017, published in 2017 by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, began to take shape as Moscow Art Magazine started preparing its anniversary 100th issue. Deciding what should make up Critical Mass was not an easy matter. In almost a quarter of a century so many texts of vastly different formats and genres were published! In selecting texts from this mess of critical mass, the editors were guided by the goal of introducing to…

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Conversations with Film-Makers: An Evening with Jonas Mekas

10 April, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Peckhamplex London, 95A Rye Lane
London, SE15 5EX
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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

11 April, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 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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Book launch: “Classical Modernism. Early 20th Century Latvian painting” by Dr Dace Lamberga

11 April, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue
London, E2 7JP
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"Neputns" Publishers art patrons Dina and Jānis Zuzāni (Latvia) and Calvert 22 Foundation invite you to the launch event of the book by art historian Dr Dace Lamberga. Listen about the art book publishing in Latvia by "Neputns", book launch and drinks reception. More information

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Book launch: children’s book “UciPuci”

11 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
London Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace
London, W2 3SH
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Participants: Latvian writer Zane Zusta Reading from series of "Ucipuci is looking for home" and "Ucipuci thinks outside the box" by Latvian author Zane Zusta. Children will be able to interact in the workshop after the reading. More information

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Me Before You: A special screening with Jojo Moyes

11 April, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:40 pm
Soho House, 76 Dean Street
London, England W1D 3SQ United Kingdom
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Join us for a special screening of Me Before You, the heart-warming box office hit starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes. The sumptuous one-off screening will be accompanied by an in-conversation with Jojo who will discuss her experience bringing the book to screen with The Pool’s Sam Baker. Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make…

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Baltic View Film Event: ‘Knutification’ with Q&A

11 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
cine lumiere, Queensbury Place 17
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom
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Join us in celebrating Latvian centenary of restored statehood and come to the London premiere of a Latvian documentary film Knutification. Directed by Ivars Tontegode. Ticket Price: £12.00 Knutifiction – a process of learning, metamorphosis. This film provokes to review one’s own existence and being in this world through the prism of the Zeitgeist and personality of the poet Knuts Skujenieks. The film reveals the eternal struggle of a strong personality’s coming to terms with the society and system in…

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In conversation with Galina Yuzefovich Contemporary Russian Prose: In Search of Genre

11 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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A meeting with leading Russian literary critic Galina Yuzefovich will take place in the Russian Bookshop on the fourth floor of Waterstones Piccadilly (203 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HA (D)) on Wednesday, 11th April at 18:30. The evening will be devoted to different genres of modern Russian prose. The event will be held in English. Galina Yuzefovich is one of the most famous and influential literary critics in Russia. Her book reviews regularly influence consumer demand in the Russian book market.…

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China: A Nation of Readers @ Asia House

11 April, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St
London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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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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2018 READ RUSSIA PRIZE for the best translation of Russian literature into English

11 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Read Russia, the Institute for Literary Translation, and the Yeltsin Centre will be hosting a special ceremony and READ RUSSIA PRIZE awards presentation at in London at Waterstones Piccadilly (203 Piccadilly) on Wednesday, April 11, starting at 7:30 PM. The awards will be made and the READ RUSSIA PRIZE Jury will be reading and publishing the extensive citations that Jury members have written in praise of the winning translators. The READ RUSSIA PRIZE Jury is pleased to announce its selection…

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Mary Poppins: A supercalifragilistic sing-along screening

12 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Soho House, 76 Dean Street
London, England W1D 3SQ United Kingdom
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Join us for a supercalifragilistic screening in an exclusive Soho screening room, of Mary Poppins, the childhood classic adapted from the novel by P.L Travers. Raise a glass to the iconic nanny and questionably cockney chimney sweep Bert as you join in with a song or two or seven. We’ll bring the spoonfuls of sugar. You bring your singing voice. Stay tuned for hidden extras announced soon... Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-poppins-a-supercalifragilistic-sing-along-screening-tickets-41458252750

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The Time of Berezovsky with Petr Aven

12 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Petr Aven will present his book The Time of Berezovsky in the Russian Bookshop on the fourth floor of Waterstones Piccadilly (203 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HA (D)) on Thursday, 12th April at 18:00. The event is being held as part of the Читай Россию/Read Russia programme. The Time of Berezovsky is based on a series of interviews with dozens of people who knew Berezovsky well at various times of his life, including Valentin Yumashev, Alexander Voloshin, Mikhail Fridman, Anatoly Chubais,…

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Baltic View: Film Event – ‘November’ with Q&A

12 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St
London , W1B 2UW United Kingdom
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Join us in celebrating Estonian centenary of restored statehood and come to the UK premiere of an Estonian feature film November. Directed by Rainer Sarnet. Ticket Price: £12.00 The film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel “Rehepapp”. Awards: Best Cinematography TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL Best Film RIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Official selection: KARLOVY VARY, STIGES, SHANGHAI Estonian pagan and European Christian mythologies come together in this film. Both mythologies look for a miracle; for an ancient force that gives one a…

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Children of history

12 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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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 Carolyn Jess-Cooke to unpick the thorny connections between national history and the intimate relationship of the family. In partnership with English PEN

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Writing from the edge of Europe: what’s the future for Baltic literature?

12 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue
London, E2 7JP United Kingdom
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Miscast variously as Nordic neighbours, former Soviet states and "the East", the Baltic countries continue to fight against a case of mistaken identity on the world's stage. So how do Baltic authors engage with their real heritage – individually and nationally – and how do they move beyond it to create something new? Estonian author Andrei Ivanov's recent historical novel The Harbin Moths explores his country's interwar years through the lives of the local Russian intelligentsia. He joins translator and…

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Re-thinking the family with Nora Ikstena and Alvydas Šlepikas

12 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell
London, EC1R 3GA
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Participants: Latvian writer Nora Ikstena Grandparents, mothers, fathers and children – at its heart, the idea of a family should be universal. But in reality, how does a country’s history or identity affect its idea of family? Where do different cultures agree on their views of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood, and where do they differ? More information

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

12 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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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World Poets Series: Poets from the Baltics

12 April, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Southbank Centre – Poetry Library, Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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Join us for this one-off event with visiting Baltic poets. The evening will showcase three of the most celebrated poets from the Baltic states, Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) and Tomas Venclova (Lithuania). The poets will read from their work and then discuss the poetry scene in their respective countries with a Q and A that will open up to the audience. The event will be hosted by Clare Pollard, UK poet and editor of Modern Poetry in Translation.…

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Story Cafe: Baltic writers

13 April, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP
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Participants: Latvian Writer Inga Ābele Discover the joy of being read at the legendary lunchtime Story Cafe, immerse yourselves in tales of life, love and longing by the best women writers from across the globe. More information

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Votes for Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

13 April, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Soho House, 76 Dean Street
London, England W1D 3SQ United Kingdom
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Don your sash and join us to celebrate the centenary of the women’s vote. 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. In honour of this milestone we’re bringing together Dr Helen Pankhurst, author of Deeds Not Words and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, gal-dem contributor and host of the popular Mostly Lit podcast Raifa Rafiq, and ordained Anglican Priest, Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey and…

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Literary worlds with Undinė Radzevičiūtė and Erica Wagner

13 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Europe House, 32 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3EU United Kingdom
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Join us at Europe House for an evening with Lithuanian writer Undinė Radzevičiūtė. Undinė Radzevičiūtė is an internationally acclaimed writer, the author of five novels and a collection of short stories and winner of the European Union Prize for Literature. The novel that won this prize, Fishes and Dragons, is a story about civilisations, of Chinese traditions and Western religion. Undinė Radzevičiūtė will discuss her work and her theory of literature with journalist and editor Erica Wagner. Followed by a…

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Latvia: Image Music Text

13 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL
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Participants: Latvian writer Kristīne Ulberga, Latvian author and director Maira Dobele, musician Anete Graudiņa Acclaimed author Kristīne Ulberga will be reading from her astonishing new novel "The Green Crow", published by Peter Owen, followed by a series of 12 short films created by writer and filmmaker Maira Dobele, and traditional Latvian music from Anete Graudina. The event will be followed by reception where guests will have a chance to talk to the artists.   More information

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EstLitFest – The Estonian Literature Festival – Day One

13 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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As an extension of the London Book Fair, a weekend celebration of Estonian writing will be taking place at the EstLitFest. 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. Friday, 13 April The sound of Estonia | Kristiina Ehin and Silver Sepp 18.30-19.30, Opening act – poetry…

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EstLitFest – Opening Act: The sound of Estonia – Kristiina Ehin and Silver Sepp

13 April, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With opening remarks from the Estonian Ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann One of Estonia’s most successful poets, Kristiina Ehin opens EstLitFest with her deeply spiritual and unflinchingly honest work. Known and admired throughout Europe and America, she will read in English from her latest collection, On the Edge of a Sword (Arc Publications, 2018, translated by Ilmar Lehtpere), accompanied by her husband, the experimental musician Silver Sepp. Kristiina Ehin is one of the most successful poets of the younger…

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The Book of Riga launch at Housmans

13 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross,
London, N1 9DX
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Participants: Latvian writers Svens Kuzmins and Dace Rukšāne In the year in which Latvia celebrates a centenary as an independent state, we bring you stories which demonstrate how Riga has established itself as a vibrant creative centre, attracting artists, performers and writers from across the region and beyond. This rare showcase of contemporary Latvian writing gathers together stories by some of the country's finest writers, chronicling the city's continuing growth and transformation after centuries of foreign rule. More information

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European Poetry Festival: The European Camarade in Manchester

13 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Participants: Latvian writer Inga Pizāne Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night. More information

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Hit the Ode

13 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
£5 – £8

Participants: Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš Apples and Snakes presents Hit the Ode, Birmingham’s premier poetry night. Every month, Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us at our new home, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome for poems from all across the world. We have poems and lots of them. Poems to ruffle feathers and caress your heart strings. Poems that will challenge your nan to a…

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EstLitFest – Book Launch: Peering through the Iron Curtain – Ilmar Taska launches Pobeda 1946: A Car Called Victory

13 April, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 8:50 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Anna Winslet, Edmund Harcourt, Chris McKeeman, and Rosie Goldsmith and music by Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste. EstLitFest is proud to host the UK launch of Ilmar Taska’s first full length novel. A fascinating evocation of Estonian life under Soviet occupation, Pobeda 1946 is told through the eyes of a young boy, and brilliantly captures the distrust and fear that was felt by so many Estonians after World War II. The novel is brought to life with a dramatic…

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EstLitFest – Live Music: The Villu Veski and Robert Mitchell Jazz Quartet

13 April, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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One of Estonia’s best-known jazz musicians, Villu Veski, teams up with the UK’s Robert Mitchell to bring live jazz to the EstLitFest stage on Friday night. The UK-Estonian Villu Veski and Robert Mitchell Jazz Quartet are: Villu Veski, Estonia (saxophones), Robert Mitchell, UK (keyboards), Heikko Remmel, Estonia (double bass), and Saleem Raman, UK (drums). Special guest Tiit Kalluste, Estonia (accordion). Villu Veski is one of Estonia’s best-known jazz musicians who has performed on the many of the world’s most prestigious…

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EstLitFest – The Estonian Literature Festival – Day Two

14 April, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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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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EstLitFest – Family Event: Stories and songs – A family morning with Veronika Kivisilla

14 April, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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The Estonian storyteller and poet Veronika Kivisilla invites children (and their parents) to a free Saturday morning session of inventive storytelling and singing. Veronika Kivisilla is a storyteller and poet who made her poetry debut in 2011 with the collection Dear Calendar. 11am, Studio | Free, 60mins

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EstLitFest – Breakfast Session: Meet the translators

14 April, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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Featuring Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov, Christopher Moseley, Adam Cullen Translators are the unsung heroes that allow literature to travel across border. Meet Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov, Christopher Moseley and Adam Cullen at this informal breakfast session at the Print Room bar, and find out what it takes to bring the Estonian language to life in English. Estonian breakfast will be provided. 11am, Bar | Free, 30mins

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EstLitFest – Panel Discussion: On Jaan Kross – Celebrating an Estonian icon

14 April, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Christopher MacLehose, Ian Thomson, Jaan Undusk The late Jaan Kross is Estonia’s best-known and most widely translated author. He survived both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Estonia, won countless awards for his writing, and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Christopher MacLehose, Ian Thomson and Jaan Undusk discuss the life of an Estonian icon. Christopher MacLehose is a British publisher and champion of translated fiction. He founded his eponymous imprint The MacLehose Press in…

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EstLitFest – Panel Discussion: Estonian Vikings: The Northmen’s fury

14 April, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Marika Mägi, James Graham-Campbell and Mart Kuldkepp The Vikings might be heavily associated with Scandinavia, but this is not the only region these sailor warriors came from. An EstLitFest panel of experts discusses the Vikings east of the Baltic Sea, where people in some regions had traditions of sailing and contacts with both the East and the West. Marika Mägi is an archaeologist and historian working at Tallinn University. She specialises in the Viking Age and Early Middle Ages…

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Witness for the Prosecution

14 April, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
London County Hall, The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road
London, SE1 7PB
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Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions are delighted to present a major new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom play, Witness for the Prosecution, taking place inside the unique and spectacular setting of The Chamber, inside London County Hall. Director Lucy Bailey (Love From A Stranger, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard…

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EstLitFest – Provocation: What now, Europe? A future of nation states from Estonia’s perspective

14 April, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Mihkel Mutt, Tiina Intelmann and Rosie Goldsmith Mihkel Mutt is not just a versatile writer, columnist and critic (and Author of the Day at London Book Fair); he also held key positions in Estonian politics. At EstLitFest, he is joined by the Estonian Ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann, to take Estonia’s perspective on Europe in transformation. Rosie Goldsmith chairs. Mihkel Mutt is an Estonian writer and a versatile columnist on domestic and world politics. He began his career…

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EstLitFest – In Conversation: Post-war lives – Kai Aareleid and Linda Grant

14 April, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Rosie Goldsmith Estonian fiction writer and translator, Kai Aareleid, in conversation with the award-winning British novelist Linda Grant. In Aareleid’s latest novel, Burning Cities, a young girl revisits the first two decades of her life following the Second World War in Communist Estonia. In Linda Grant ’s “exhilaratingly good new novel” (The Guardian), The Dark Circles, the war is over too, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has…

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EstLitFest – Provocation: Russia, and Russian literature beyond its borders – Andrei Ivanov in conversation with Zinovy Zinik

14 April, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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EstLitFest welcomes the unique perspective of Andrei Ivanov, a writer who sees himself as part of the Russian literary tradition, but identifies with Estonia as his home country and creative point of departure. Ivanov will be in conversation with the bilingual British author Zinovy Zinik, who also still writes in Russian. They will discuss Russia and how the country’s literature is alive and reflected beyond its official political borders. Andrei Ivanov is inspired by his Russian and Estonian identity. After…

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Crime, Christie & Cream Tea

14 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Christie’s books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. Her work has been adapted for stage, screen and radio all over the world, most recently for Kenneth Branagh’s all-star adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. Evoking the nostalgia of times gone by, jump on board a classic Routemaster bus for cream team and a tour of London sites, taking in some of  the iconic locations associated with Christie’s work. We will have…

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EstLitFest – In Conversation: Endlessly curious – Rein Raud and Tony White

14 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Bhavit Mehta With an inquisitive mind and sophisticated style, Rein Raud is versatility personified: he has written poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. One of Estonia’s best known writers and an influential opinion leader, Raud will be in conversation with the formally adventurous and equally curious British novelist, writer and editor Tony White, whose latest novel, The Fountain in the Forest, has just been published to much acclaim. Bhavit Mehta chairs. Rein Raud was born in 1961 and since…

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EstLitFest – Poetry: Days of grace – Meet the Estonian master Doris Kareva

14 April, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:40 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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With Miriam McIlfatrick, Philip Gross, Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste Nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Kareva is one of Estonia’s best-loved poets. Her latest collection Days of Grace spans over forty years of her poetic output. She and her translator Miriam McIlfatrick will recite and discuss her work, and will be in conversation with the poet, novelist, playwright and academic Philip Gross. They will be accompanied by the musicians Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste. Doris…

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European Poetry Festival : The European Camarade in Middlesbrough

14 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Participants: Latvian writer Inga Pizāne Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving North East scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Latvia, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night.   More information

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Concert of Imants Ziedonis Foundation “Viegli”

14 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ukranian Social club, 154 Holland Park Avenue
London, W11 4UH
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Imants Ziedonis Foundation “Viegli” was established in the spring of 2010 with the aim to pursue the mission dear to the patron of the Foundation, poet Imants Ziedonis, – “Latvia is an incredibly beautiful land, but such beauty needs help to shine.” The Foundation promots and implements the ideas and values of Imants Ziedonis, continues to support creative and unusual ideas, and organizes public projects that reveal the beauty of Latvia.  

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EstLitFest – Reading: The dreamlike surrealism of Mehis Heinsaar

14 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:20 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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Adam Cullen reads from a new collection of stories by Estonia’s most acclaimed short story writer Mehis Heinsaar. Characterised as magic realism and inspired by world literature, these imaginative tales are gems of intellectually oriented prose with plenty of room for play. A mesmerising homage to surrealism. Adam Cullen was born in Minnesota and has lived in Estonia for the last decade. His recent translations include The Inner Immigrant by Mihkel Mutt and The Reconstruction by Rein Raud. 7pm, Studio…

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Witness for the Prosecution

14 April, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm
London County Hall, The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road
London, SE1 7PB
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Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions are delighted to present a major new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom play, Witness for the Prosecution, taking place inside the unique and spectacular setting of The Chamber, inside London County Hall. Director Lucy Bailey (Love From A Stranger, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard…

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EstLitFest – Live Music: Adventurous accordions – The explorative folk of Rüüt

14 April, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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Rüüt delivers a new take on the quest for the essence of traditional music. The band’s fresh and explorative original arrangements of traditional Estonian songs will appeal to folk lovers, those interested in technical intricacies, and everyone who’s curious about music. Rüüt is an Estonian folk band, consisting of Juhan Uppin (diatonic accordion), Maarja Soomre (vocals, melodica), Maili Metssalu (vocals, fiddle) and Toomas Oks (diatonic accordion). 8pm, Theatre | £6, 60mins

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EstLitFest – Party

14 April, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Printroom at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB
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9pm, Bar

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Paddington Celebrates 60 with the Book Fairies

15 April, 2018

A Bear Called Paddington was first published in October 1958, with exquisite illustrations by Peggy Fortnum, and went on to become one of the best-known children’s books of all time. To celebrate 60 Years of our favourite marmalade-loving friend, London Book & Screen Week will collaborate with Book Fairies, in partnership with Harper Collins, to distribute Paddington books across the capital - look out for the little bear around London on Sunday 15th April!

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Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

15 April, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand
London, WC2R 0ET United Kingdom

Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Whether you’ve read all of Austen’s works or none of them, this hilarious show will be a totally new experience. Performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, no two shows are ever the same. Previous ’lost‘ masterpieces include The Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Shark…

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February 2019

Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men: Caroline Criado Perez & Lynn Enright

Wed 13 February @ 6:30 am
Waterstones Gower Street, 82 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EQ
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Can you imagine a world where: your mobile phone is too big for your hand?your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body?if you have a car accident you are 47% more likely be seriously injured than your partner?every week the countless hours of work you do are recognised or values? If you don’t need to imagine any of them, chances are you’re women.Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez will discuss her new book Invisible Women with journalist and author of Vagina: A Re-education Lynn…

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Picture Book Storytime

Wed 13 February @ 11:00 am
Waterstones Greenwich, 51 Greenwich Church Street
London, SE10 9BL
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Come in with your little ones to enjoy a picture book reading in our children's section! Sit down and relax while your little ones discover a picture book or two with our storytelling bookseller. Free entry, just come on in!

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