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

 

Deadline Friday 14 July
Wasafiri_PrizeThe Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017

Submit entries by 5pm on 14 July in the categories of Fiction, Poetry or Life Writing. The competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Winners receive £300 and their work will be published in Wasafiri magazine. This year’s judges are Sabrina Mahfouz, Susheila Nasta, Andrea Stuart and Boyd Tonkin.
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to Tuesday 29 August
BL_Red_ArmyRussian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
The British Library, 96 Euston Rod, London NW1 2DB
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 8 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
£13.50/concessions £4 to £11/Free to BL Members and Friends

From the fall of Russia’s last tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. Featured artefacts include a first edition of The Communist Manifesto, anti-Bolshevik propaganda, Red Army recruitment posters and a letter from Vladimir Lenin requesting use of the Reading Room. The exhibition is accompanied by a  season of events exploring the impact on Russian literature, architecture, music and artistic expression, as well as the life and times of key figures such as Lenin and the Romanovs.
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to Saturday 23 September
JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National TheatreJane Eyre UK tour
Follow the link below for venues, dates, times and prices

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,  has  begun a tour of the UK, ahead of a return to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September to 21 October. See it in Salford, Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Hull.
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Thursday 22 June
Russian_Placards_collage_600Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
Waterstones, 203–206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
7 pm
£8

An evening with British Library curator Katya Rogatchevskaia exploring one of the biggest events to shape the 20th century. A fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.
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Thursday 29 June
Sympathy_290The Debut Fiction Showcase: Megan Hunter, Sally Rooney and Olivia Sudjic
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ
6:30 pm
£6 (including gin, canapés and a Gower Street goody bag)

A new quarterly event celebrating some of the best and brightest new literary talent. Anita Sethi introduces and chats with debut novelists Olivia Sudjic (Sympathy), Sally Rooney (Conversations with Friends) and Megan Hunter (The End We Start From).
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Tuesday 4 July
Naomi_Klein_southbank_2017Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15–£35; 50% limited concessions

The internationally acclaimed journalist, activist and bestselling author delivers a keynote talk on the surreal political upheavals of recent months, and discusses the art of resistance in a time of Trump.
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Thursday 6 July
How_to_Stop_TimeMatt Haig in conversation
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
7 pm
£8/£5 Foyalty members

The author of the bestselling Reasons to Stay Alive, The Humans and The Radleys, launches his latest bittersweet novel How to Stop Time, a story about losing and finding yourself, the certainty of change, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.
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Zadie_Southbank_2017Zadie Smith: Swing Time
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15–£35; 50% limited concessions

Zadie Smith reads from her latest novel, and talks about her fiction, essays and how dance inspires her writing. In conversation with Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre’s Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word.
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Thursday 13 July
Natasha_Pulley_290Natasha Pulley in conversation
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
7 pm
£8/£5 Foyalty members

Following the huge success of her debut novel, The Watchmaker of Fillgree Street, Natasha Pulley discusses her latest book, The Bedlam Stacks, a story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just the right side of magical.
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Laura_PenneyLaurie Penney: Bitch Doctrine
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15; 50% limited concessions

Laurie Penny reads from her new book, Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults, and discusses staying hopeful in today’s world and how to bring about change, in conversation with Sarah Shaffi.
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Monday 24 July
AureliaAurelia: Carol Mavor and Marina Warner
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
7 pm
£10

Carol Mavor, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester, reflects on the place fairy tales hold in our culture and in the popular imagination. In conversation with cultural critic, mythographer and historian of the folk tale Marina Warner.
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