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Tony Hawks, author of Round Ireland with a Fridge, reads on Thurs 27 at Waterstone's, Broadmead, 1pm. Free. 0117 925 2274.


James Campbell talks about Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and the Beat Generation on Thurs 27 at Waterstone's, St Margaret St. pounds 3. 01227 456343.


The Charleston Literature Festival includes events by Doris Lessing, Edna O'Brien, Beryl Bainbridge, Bernice Rubens, Michele Roberts, Anna Pavord, Theodore Zeldin and James Fenton. Charleston, nr Firle, East Sussex, BN8. Thurs 27-Mon 31 May. pounds 6 per event. Box Office 01273 709709.


Peter Ackroyd delivers a lecture entitled Sense of Place and Sensibility on London's topographical resonances. Famous for making literary excavations of the lives and landscapes of London, Ackroyd is appearing on Mon 24 at the Purcell Room, RFH, SE1, 7.30pm. pounds 6.50/pounds 4. 0171 960 4242.

New Voices in Poetry features Kate Bingham, Christiania Whitehead and Paul Wilkins on Thurs 27 at the Voice Box, RFH, SE1, 7.30pm. pounds 5/pounds 3. 0171 960 4242.

Columnist C J Stone reads from his new book The Last of the Hippies, an account of the author's journey through the land of psychedelia, LSD, dropping out and tuning in. He appears on Thurs 27 at Vox'n'Roll, Filthy MacNasty's, Amwell St, EC1, 8.30pm.

Haringay Literature Festival celebrates the National Year of Reading with novelists Sue Gee and Mike Phillips talking about and reading from their favourite books on Wed 26 at Hornsey Library, N8, 7pm. Free. 0181 348 3351.

Novelist David Guterson will be reading from his new book East of the Mountains on Mon 24 at the Barbican Hall, EC2, 8.30pm. pounds 7/pounds 5. 0171 638 8891.

Tamar Yoseloff reads from her debut collection Sweetheart on Wed 26 at Cats' Night Out, Poetry Society, WC2, 8pm. pounds 4/pounds 3. 0181 533 2190. Female readers from the floor welcome.