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ILKLEY FESTIVAL: Sun 29 to Sun 3 May, includes Beryl Bainbridge, Caryl Phillips (above), Blake Morrison and Atomic Lip. It kicks off at the Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road, with a debate 'Is there a Northern Writing Tradition? Does the Publisher Decide?' chaired by Richard Hoggart, Sun 29, 4pm, pounds 4/pounds 3; then Leeds poet Tony Harrison reads at 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4. For more details on all events call 01943 601210.

LONDON: investigative journalist John Pilger reads and discusses his new book Hidden Agendas at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh St, Mon 30, 7pm, pounds 5. 0171 636 1613.

Paul Bailey examines Primo Levi's work at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, Tue 31, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242.

2 'Appalachian Animals and All Sorts' - Helen East and Rick Wilson read stories and riddles from USA, with music, at the Barbican Children's Library, Sat 4, 11am, free. 0171 638 8891.

MANCHESTER: Waterstone's Literary Lunch with keen rambler Janet Street- Porter; scriptwriter and novelist, Tony Warren; spy writer Nigel West and Uri Geller (now a thriller writer) at the Ramada Hotel, Blackfriars St, Mon 30, 12.30pm, pounds 35. 0161 832 1992.

Andrea Ashworth reads from her memoir Once in a House on Fire at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate, Tue 31, 7pm, pounds 3. 0161 832 1992.

BRISTOL: Nick Hornby reads and talks about his new novel About a Boy at Waterstone's, The Galleries, Broadmead, Wed 1, 6.30pm, pounds 1. 0117 925 2274.

EDINBURGH: literary editor of The Scotsman Catherine Lockerbie hosts a forum on book reviews and reviewers at James Thin, 53-59 South Bridge, Mon 30, 7pm, free. 0131 556 6743.

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