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April in London: Top Literary Events

April in London: Top Literary Events

2 April 2017 Cristina Macari

With the Edgar-Allan Poe-esque winter days almost fully behind us - when all you wanted to do was curl up in a cosy café, buried in a pile of books and live there eternally, uninterruptedly and blissfully - now it’s just about time to come out. It’s Anna Karenina’s ‘time of plans of projects’ and whether you’re looking for a serene evening of literary discussions, high-profile events bursting with literary figures or that encounter with one your favourite authors, that is sure to inspire you in your writing endeavours, London has it all.

International Children’s Book Day at Keats House
 
Literary April starts lightly and joyfully with a free of charge event held at Keats House in celebration of the International Children’s Book Day. The event  includes readings of some of the most popular children’s stories, as well as the opportunity to make-up your own story and create your own book. Currently, Keats House is a museum and literary centre containing some of Keats’ manuscripts and personal belongings whilst holding an inspiring series of events, including literary workshops, poetry performances, guided walks and family fun days.
 
The International Children’s Day event takes place on Sunday, 2 April 2017 1pm – 4pm at Keats House. Keats Grove London NW3 2RR. Find out more here.


Photo credit: Spencer Means


Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts at Waterstones Piccadilly
 
We’re moving from the children’s books land of adventures into the very different, but just as richly imaginative world of science fiction. This ia an absolutely thrilling event held by Waterstones and featuring authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with the critic Adam Roberts.
 
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of science-fiction, author of the best-selling Mars trilogy with a total of nineteen published titles and the winner of a series of literary awards, whilst Francis Spufford is an English fiction and non-fiction writer and winner of the Costa Prize for First Novel for his first fiction book Golden Hill. Together they’ll be joined by Adam Roberts, an English Literature and Creative Writing teacher at the Royal Holloway University of London and the author of a series of fiction and critical works. This promises to be an enthralling discussion between some of the most brilliant science-fictions minds of the moment.
 
The Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts event takes place on Monday 3 April 7pm at Waterstones London - Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD. Find out more here.


 
Cityread London
 
Cityread London is an annual literary festival intended to promote a participatory and social form of reading across all London Boroughs. Each year, London residents and visitors are being asked to choose one novel for the entire city to read together. Based on this, a rich programme of literary events is being held in libraries, bookshops and museums all across London throughout the month of April.
 
If you ever found yourself wondering how Frankenstein looks through the eyes of a scientist living down your street, or how Dostoyevsky’s language or Orwell’s distorted reality resonates with East London’s teenage readers, or just how does literature connects people in general - then you’ll find Cityread London a wonderful and illuminating event. 
 
Meet the author S. J Parris at an event held by the Camden Libraries on Wednesday 5th April. Find out more here.

Wellcome Book Prize
 
The end of April brings to London one of the most anticipated literary events of the year – the unveiling of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize winner. The winner is being announced a little over a month after the 2017 shortlist has been revealed at London Book Fair’s 2017 English PEN Salon on 14 March. The 2017 shortlist contains four non-fiction and two fiction books, built around the subject of medicine and health. These include some of the year's most talked about book releases, including ‘I contain Multitudes by Ed Yong, ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi and ‘The Tidal Zone’ by Sarah Moss.
 
The Winner of the Wellcome Book Price 2017 will be revealed on Monday, 24 April 2017. Find out more here.


Photo credit: Thomas S.G Farnetti

 
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Readings at Foyles
 
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious awards for a short story written in the English language. The evening event at Foyles Charing Cross consists of reading this year’s shortlisted stories by the Harry Potter series star Fiona Shaw and the Room with a View leading actor Simon Callow. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the six shortlisted writers: the Irish writer Sally Rooney, the British poet and writer Richard Lambert and the US writers Kathleen Alcott, Victor Lodato, Celeste Ng and Bret Anthony Johnston.
 
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Readings 2017 takes place on Wednesday 26 April 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road. Find out more here.


Photo Credit: Tom Pilston

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