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LONDON: Greek poetry with Katerina Angellaki-Rook, Kiki Dimoula, Natasha Hadjidaki and Jenny Mastoraki. Ruth Padel reads the English translations. Tue 2, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. Plus Greek fiction, introduced by Alix McSweeny, with Nicos Bakolas, Ionna Karystiani and Amanda Michalopoulou. The actress Fiona Shaw reads the translations, Thur 4, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. Both events at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall. 0171 960 4242.

2 Tariq Ali, co-author of 1968: Marching in the Streets, lectures on the legacy of the Sixties at the British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Wed 3, 6.15pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 4127222.

CHELSEA FESTIVAL: Literary lunch with Alan Clark; Mon 1, 12.45pm, pounds 25 (inc three-course meal with wine); Jane Asher and Nigel Planer talk about their writing with Louise Doughty; Wed 3, 11am, pounds 6.50; John Mortimer and Ruth Rendell in conversation; Wed 3, 6pm, pounds 6.50. All at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd. Box office: 0171 351 1005

EDINBURGH: T Coraghessan Boyle reads from his new novel Riven Rock at Waterstone's, 128 Princes St, Mon 1, 7pm, free. 0131 226 2666.

ILKLEY: Performance poets Atomic Lip (The Speech Painter, Joelle Taylor, Patience Agbabi and Steve Tasane) lead a physical theatre workshop at the Crescent Hotel, Brook St, Sat 6, 3-5pm, pounds 7/pounds 5, inc free admission to the evening show, also at the Crescent Hotel 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. 01943 601210.

MANCHESTER: Pauline Melville (above) reads from her collection of short stories The Migration of Ghosts at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate, Wed 3, 7pm, pounds 3.

CHELTENHAM: Iain Banks talks about his novels at the Town Hall, Imperial Square, Tue 2, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 5. 01242 227979.

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