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NORWICH: Claire Tomalin reads from her biographies at the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, UEA Studio, Tue 10, 7pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2 (available on the door only). 01603 592810

CHELTENHAM: Nadine Gordimer talks to critic and biographer Hermione Lee about her life and work at the Town Hall, Imperial Square, Wed 11, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 5. 01242 22797

MANCHESTER: Four new first novels are read by their authors: Gay Longworth reads Bimba, Harriet Castor Firebird, Barabara Else The Warrior Queen and Nick Earls Zig Zag Street at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate, Wed 11, 7pm, pounds 3. 0161 832 1982

CANTERBURY: Michael Screech examines laughter in Renaissance literature and reads from his book Laughter at the Foot of the Cross at Waterstone's, 20/21 St Margaret Street, Wed 11, 7pm, free. 01227 456 5343

LONDON: Joseph LeDoux gives the first annual Goldsmith Lecture, on his book The Emotional Brain at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE, Mon 9, 6.30pm, free. 0171 955 6236

2William Boyd and Nadine Gordimer read from their work at The Royal Festival Hall's first Fiction International at the Purcell Room, Tue 10, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 3.50. 0171 960 4242

2'Vox'n'Roll': Ian Rankin reads from his latest novel The Hanging Garden in a series of readings interspersed with music chosen by the author; Filthy Mac Nasty's Bar & Whisky Cafe, 68 Amwell St; Thur 12, 8.30pm free. 0171 278 9993

2Dan O'Brien gives a live tour of the Internet showing on-line cultural artefacts, experiments and arguments at the Voice Box, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1; Wed 11, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

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