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 Sunday 29 April
Spanish Landscape with Mountains circa 1924 by Dora Carrington 1893-1932Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall TR26 1TG
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4:20 pm
Free for members or with Locals’ Pass

Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art – with works by over 80 artists, including Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, Claude Cahun and Dora Carrington.
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Monday 16 to Sunday 22 April
PEN_World_Voices_2018PEN America World Voices Festival
New York
Various times and venues daily
Events individually priced

PEN World Voices is a week-long series of literary events with a human rights focus, bringing together authors from around the globe. This year’s highlights include the opening night’s scene-setting Resist and Reimagine with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Adam Gopnik, Leila Slimani and Colson Whitehead; Dave Eggers in conversation with Mokhtar Alkhanshali; Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, followed by a conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Unlived Lives with Georgi Gospodinov, Petra Hůlová and Hwang Sok-yong; Us Too, a programme of poetry, readings and conversation about violence against women featuring Tishani Doshi, Dunya Mikhail and Mona Eltahawy; and events with the likes of Paul Auster, A.M. Homes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Valeria Luiselli, Idra Novey and Colm Tóibín.
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Monday 23 to Friday 27 April
Baileys_Book_BarBaileys Book Bar
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ
6:30 pm daily, £8
Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime readings, £7

An inspirational programme of events in celebration of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The line-up includes lunchtime readings from this year’s shortlist, as well as workshops and talks from writers and creative women including Lily Cole, Jenny Colgan, Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty, Catherine Mayer, June Sarpong, Kit de Waal and Viv Groskop. Hosted by WPFF founder-director, novelist Kate Mosse. Price includes Baileys-led refreshments.
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Thursday 26 April
Jesmyn_WardJesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm

The 2017 National Book Award winner discusses and reads from her powerful yet intimate novel, a portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle.

“Digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare. A must.’ Margaret Atwood
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Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April
The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Various times daily
£12.50 opening gala/£5 individual events
£20 day pass/£35 festival pass (concessions available)

The UK’s first dedicated festival of Muslim culture, literature and celebrates the richness and plurality of Muslim cultures, and explores contemporary Muslim thought through the breadth of its heritage, politics, and communities. Award-winning novelist and political commentator Elif Shafak will give the 2018 keynote speech, following music by the acclaimed Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Other noteworthy speakers include Razia Iqbal, Sarah Shaffi, Malia Bouattia, Pilgrim Tucker, Emma Dent Coad MP and Ziauddin Sardar.
Sponsored by the Aziz Foundation and DeepMind
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Thursday 24 May
PontiDebut Fiction Showcase: Sharlene Teo, Sophie Mackintosh and Caroline O’Donoghue
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ
6:30 pm
£8/£6 students

The Debut Fiction Showcase is a quarterly event celebrating some of the best and brightest new literary talent. Bookanista contributing editor, literary critic and Bitch Lit co-host Lucy Scholes introduces three exciting new novelists making their debuts this summer: Sharlene Teo (Ponti), Sophie Mackintosh (The Water Cure) and Caroline O’Donoghue (Promising Young Women).
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Thursday 24 May to Sunday 3 June
Hay_genericHay Festival
Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Various times and venues daily
Events individually priced or free

Under the banner ‘Imagine the World’, the 31st edition of the festival features over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, global policymakers, pioneers and innovators in 800 events exploring literature and the arts, science and current affairs, alongside a rich schedule of music, comedy and entertainment for audiences of all ages.
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