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DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY: John Manson, Liz Niven, Tom Wilson and John Hudson, read from new and recent editions of the Galloway Poets and Markings special editions at Anworth Books, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Sun 18, 2.30pm, free. 01557 814774

LONDON: Professor Steven Pinker discusses How the Mind Works (see review p26) at the Institute of Education, Russell Square, 20 Bedford Way, Wed 21, 7.30pm, pounds 10/pounds 7.50. 0171 636 1577

2 Professor Lee M Silver talks about his book, Remaking Eden - Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World and explains the science of embryology and its implications at Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Building, Imperial College, Prince Consort Rd, Thur 22, 12.30pm, free. 0171 938 8255

2 Two Welsh poets, Menna Elfyn and Nigel Jenkins, in a post-devolution reading at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Tue 20, 7.30pm, pounds 4/2.50. 0171 960 4242

2 'Harsh and Gentle Tales' is the first in a mini-storytelling series where established authors introduce new voices: Ben Haggarty retells Midir Etaine, the Celtic epic myth, and June Peters tells tales of farmers and the land from Ireland, Shetland and Wales also at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, Thur 22, 7.30pm, pounds 4/2.50. 0171 960 4242

EDINBURGH: Ian Rankin reads from his latest Inspector Rebus novel, Black and Blue at Waterstone's, 128 Princes St, Wed 21, 7pm, free. 0131 556 3034

2 Joseph O'Connor reads from and talks about his new novel The Salesman at Waterstone's, 13-14 Princes St, Thur 22, 7pm, free. 0131 556 3034