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EDINBURGH: Julian Cope talks about The Modern Antiquarian (see review above) at the City Cafe on Mon 26, 7.30pm, pounds 3/pounds 1.50, 0131 556 3034.

Roy Hattersley and dog give extracts from Buster's Diary at the City Cafe on Wed 28, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2, 0131 556 3034.

Michael Allin talks about the Masai giraffe and his book Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story at Waterstone's, 13-14 Princes St, on Tues 27, 7pm, 0131 556 3034.

LONDON: Poetry International begins at the RFH with "over 40 poets from 5 continents": Fri 30 readings are by Roger McGough (12noon and 2pm) and Czeslaw Milosz (7.30pm); on Sat 31, Nina Cassian reads with WD Snodgrass (12noon), and Derek Walcott is in conversation with Colm Toibin (5pm), followed by a reading from Walcott (7.30pm). Sun 1 Nov features a Lorca centenary celebration (4pm), and Anne Carson, Michael Ondaatje and Allen Curnow read (7.30pm). RFH, SE1, 0171 960 4242.