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BATH: Literature Festival runs from Fri 20 to Sat 28. The theme of boundaries and frontiers is explored by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jonathan Dimbleby, Patrick Gale, Irvine Welsh, John Hegley, Kathy Lette, Meera Syal, Jane Gardam, Blake Morrison, Bernard MacLaverty and Jim Crace (and many others) through readings, debates, discussions, writing workshops and performances. For further information and tickets: 01225 463362.

NORWICH: Seamus Heaney reads at Lecture Theatre 1, Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, UEA, Tue 17, 7pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2 (available on the door only). 01603 592810

LONDON: A final chance to see Hyenas in Petticoats: Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley, an exhibition examining their lives through portraiture, engravings, manuscripts and first editions at the National Portrait Gallery, Sun 15, 12-6pm, free. 0171 3060055

A L Kennedy talks about her latest novel and reads from work in progress at the Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's St, Wed 18, 7pm pounds 3/pounds 2.50. 0171 4080214

CANTERBURY: Professor Ian Stewart explores mathematical puzzles with his new book The Magical Maze at Waterstone's 20/21 St Margaret St, Wed 18, 7pm, pounds 2. 01227 456343

LANARKSHIRE: Music, poetry and prose in English and Scots with Iain Crichton Smith, Angus Martin, Christine de Luca, James Robertson and Ellie McDonald at the Corn Exchange, Biggar, Sat 21, 7.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 3. 01899 860327

MANCHESTER: Keith Ridgway reads from his first novel The Long Falling and Jeremy Poolman reads from his latest book Audacity's Song at Waterstone's, Deansgate, Wed 18, 7pm, pounds 3. 0161 8321992