A selection of bookshop readings, performances, literary lunches, salons, festivals and other writerly goings-on are listed here and regularly updated. Please send details of any forthcoming events you’d like us to feature to events @ bookanista . com

 

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Johannesburg_290Fiona Melrose: Johannesburg
BBC Radio 4: Open Book

Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her debut novel Midwinter, our South Africa-based contributing editor flew back in to London for a chat with Mariella Frostrup ahead of the launch of her new novel: a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.
First broadcast Sunday 23 July.
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to Saturday 23 September
JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National TheatreJane Eyre UK tour
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Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, Sally Cookson’s bold new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, starring Nadia Clifford and Tim Delap,  continues its tour of the UK, ahead of a return to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September to 21 October. Remaining dates: Aberdeen to 2 September, Birmingham 4 to 16 September and Hull 18 to 23 September.
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Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 September
Noirwich_2017Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017
Norwich Arts Centre, UAE, Jarrold and other venues
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Val McDermid, Martina Cole, Arne Dahl, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Billingham, and Stuart MacBride are among the headliners as the festival enters its fourth year. Covering everything from the police procedural to the psychological thriller, the noir to the cosy, there are also masterclasses with Melanie McGrath and Laura Wilson and a wide range of readings, panel discussions and talks.
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Tuesday 19 September
Kamila_ShamsieKamila Shamsie: Home Fire
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

A contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire is a powerful, urgent tale of love, politics, family and enmity, confronting one of the defining issues of our age. Isma is studying in America, but she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London – or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. More info

 

Wednesday 20 September
Poetry_Tour_300South Bank Poetry Tour with Chris McCabe
National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
6 to 8 pm
£8.50

Seek out centuries of poetic activity on the South Bank, with National Poetry Librarian McCabe, author of Real South Bank. The tour begins and ends at the National Poetry Library with an overview of the collections and a chance to see some of its rare gems. In between, discover the hidden poems written into the pavements in front of the Royal Festival Hall, learn about Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake’s connections to the area, and visit Jubilee Gardens where the Rain of Poems took place in 2012.
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Thursday 21 September
Andrew_Marr_300Forward Prizes for Poetry
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15/50% limited concessions

Now in their 26th year, the Forward Prizes remain dedicated to heralding fresh new voices as well as commemorating famous names from the world of poetry. Between the prize-givings, hear readings from the 15 longlisted collections chosen by the Forward judges from the full range of poetry published in the UK and Ireland over the past 12 months. Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Marr chairs the jury alongside Mona Arshi, Ian Duhig, Sandeep Parmar and Chris Riddell.
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MayhemSigrid Rausing – Mayhem: A Memoir
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened to her brother and his wife.
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Sunday 24 September
Vivienne_Westwood_300Vivienne Westwood: Get a Life
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15 to £35/50% limited concessions

Drawing on her own diaries, which began as online posts in 2010 and then grew into her new book Get a Life, this event explores Westwood’s life in culture and her involvement with arts, politics and the environment. In this keynote talk on why reading matters, she shines a light on the novels and literature which have had the greatest influence on her work and life. More info

 

Monday 25 to Friday 29 September
Sunlight_PilgrimsJenni Fagan in residence
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Tuesday 26 September: The Sunlight Pilgrims
7 pm
Free

For the first event in her residency Jenni Fagan reads from and discusses her blistering second novel. Set in a Scottish caravan park during a freak winter – it is snowing in Jerusalem, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to arrive off the coast of Scotland – The Sunlight Pilgrims tells the story of a small Scottish community living through what people have begun to think is the end of times.
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Thursday 28 September: Experimental Fiction workshop with Jenni Fagan
7 pm
Free

A two-hour workshop with acclaimed novelist and poet, looking at approaches to experimental fiction. The workshop will include on the spot exercises in flash fiction, unreliable narrators, automatic writing and more. All writers of any experience welcome, although places are limited so do come early to be sure of a spot.
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Monday 2 October
Margaret_Atwood_300Margaret Atwood
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£20 to £45/50% limited concessions

Known for novels such as Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, the MaddAddam trilogy and the Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin, in this one-time London appearance, Margaret Atwood reads from her work; then, in conversation with Gaby Wood, journalist and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, she discusses her career, and the past, present and future of her best-known novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the real world it reflects.
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Thursday 5 October
CMP Innocent cover.inddGérard Depardieu: Innocent
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

In his ‘proto-memoir’, the renowned actor reflects on his life as if from afar, presenting fervent observations on friendship, cinema, religion, politics, and more. It’s an account of a man in search of faith, including passages about Depardieu’s explorations of Islam, Buddhism and other religions. Espousing a notion of innocence that calls us to move beyond dogma and ideology, Depardieu urges us to engage with others with respect, receptivity, and mindfulness.
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Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October
Cheltenham_Festival_2017Cheltenham Literature Festival
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Around 1,000 speakers across 550 events, including Salman Rushdie, Alan Hollinghurst, Sarah Waters, Amit Chaudhuri, Roddy Doyle, Claire Tomalin, Paul Hawkins, Philippa Gregory, Michael Morpurgo, Ian Rankin, Joanne Harris and the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlisted authors. Under the theme Who Do We Think We Are? guest curators Will Gompertz, Sarah Moss, Robin Niblett, Jess Phillips and Nikesh Shukla ask key questions about British identity and celebrate Britain’s rich literary and cultural heritage.
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Tuesday 10 October
Nathan_Hill_420Nathan Hill: The Nix
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

Samuel Andresen-Anderson – college professor, stalled writer – hasn’t seen his mother Faye in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. Is she a radical hippie with a sordid past, or just an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.
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Thursday 12 October
PD*7316806Gary Younge: Another Day in the Death of America
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.

“Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant and utterly gripping. A book to be read through tears.” Naomi Klein
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Friday 13 October to Wednesday 1 November
London_Literature_FestivalLondon Literature Festival 2017
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Twenty days of live readings, performance, talks, debates, visual displays, workshops and music across Southbank Centre’s site. Featuring Anne Carson, Tracy Chevalier, Juno Dawson, Goldie, Karl Ove Knausgård, Yang Lian, Annie Leibovitz, Kim Leine, David Mitchell, Dorthe Nors, Philip Pullman, Claudia Rankine, Meg Rosoff, Kamila Shamsie, Nikesh Shukla, Sjón, Jon Snow, Rebecca Solnit and more.
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Monday 16 October
Man_Booker_panel2017 Man Booker Prize readings
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15 to £35/50% limited concessions

The Man Booker Prize is a byword for the finest literary fiction, with its canon containing some of the greatest writers since the first award in 1969. On the eve of the 2017 prize announcement, join this year’s shortlisted authors for an evening of readings and conversation to find out more about their novels.
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Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 November
WWW_Southwold_2017Ways With Words Southwold Festival
St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6JW
Various times daily
Individual events £12; day tickets £30/£50

A festival with something for everyone, from Terry Waite’s memoir of captivity in Beirut, Matthew d’Ancona’s post-truth politics, Martin Bell on reporting war and David Owen’s Britain after Brexit, to Vince Cable’s political thriller Open Arms, Jenny Uglow’s appreciation of the nonsense of Edward Lear and Rosamund Young’s charming The Secret Life of Cows.
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