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HULL: Reading at the Hull Literature Festival this week are: Paul Farley, whose collection The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You won the T S Eliot prize for first collection (Tues 17, 7pm at Waterstone's, Jameson St, 01482 580234); U A Fanthorpe, Wendy Cope and Julie O'Callaghan (Wed 18, 8pm, Hull Truck Theatre, 01482 323638); Sean O'Brien and Ian Duhig (Fri 20, 7pm, Waterstone's); Benjamin Zephaniah (Sat 21, 8pm, Hull Truck Theatre).

ILKLEY: as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival, Sophie Hannah talks about the work of Edna St Vincent Millay on Fri 20 at Bradford Central Library; and on Sun 22, Hannah gives a creative writing workshop at Ilkley's Crescent Hotel, Brook Street. Festival continues to the end of the month. Tickets and information on 01943 601210.

LONDON: The Poetry Book Society's Autumn Reading event features Tamar Yoseloff and Ken Smith at the Voicebox, RFH, SE1, Thurs 19, 7.30pm. Tickets and information on 0171 960 4242.

Bill Bryson reads from his latest book, Notes from a Big Country at Books etc, Charing Cross Road, WC2 on Thurs 19, 12.30pm. No tickets required. Information on 0171 379 6838.