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CANTERBURY

Tahar Ban Jelloun from Morocco, Emmanuel Carrere from France and Patrick Chamoiseau from Martinique are on tour, starting at Waterston's, St Margaret's St. Wed 10, 7pm, pounds 3. 01227 456343.

LONDON

Germaine Greer discusses The Whole Woman; Friends House, Euston Rd, NW1. Wed 10, 7.30pm, pounds 8/pounds 6. 0171 467 1613.

House of Whacks author Matthew Branton is joined by Twelve Grand author Jonathan Rendall at Vox'n'Roll, Filthy McNasty's, Amwell St, EC1. Thurs 11, 8.30pm, free.

Blake Morrison and Andrew Motion discuss in retrospect their Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry, published in 1982, at the Voice Box, RFH, SE1. Tues 9, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242.

Continuing the South Bank's dissection of the 1980s, Nigel Williams, BBC producer and author of the Wimbledon Poisoner, discusses `Me and Auntie: Television in the 80s' at the Voice Box, RFH, SE1. Thurs 11, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242.

Ruth Sharman, Jane Duran and Michael Foley read at the launch of the Spring Issue of PLN Magazine at Borders, Oxford St, W1. Wed 10, 7pm, free. 0171 292 1600.

Novelists Stella Duffy, Liz Jensen and Deborah Levy read as part of Camden's Women in Focus Festival at Compendium, Camden High Street, NW1. Thurs 11, 7pm, free. 0171 911 1652.

Sean Hughes, Fergal Keane, Clare Boylan and Colin Bateman celebrate St Patrick's Night early by reading at the Union Chapel, Compton Terr, N1. Late bar and music. Sat 13, 7.30pm, pounds 10/pounds 5. 0171 278 8787.

Ian Jack, Lucretia Stewart, Ian Parker and Helen Simpson launch Granta Magazine's London issue at Waterstone's, Islington Green, N1. Tues 9, 7pm, free. 0171 704 2280.

SOUTHAMPTON

Sarah Waters will be reading from her second novel Affinity at Southampton Central Library. Thurs 11, 7pm, free.

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