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LONDON: 'The Beauty of the Beast' - biographer Jane Dunn examines mental illness in the work of Virginia Woolf and Antonia White as part of the 'Sick Notes' series exploring the links between illness and the literary imagination at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, Tue 12, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242.

2 Cosmopolitan poetry with Australian Chris Wallace-Crabbe and his latest collection Whirling, Irish-American Greg Delanty reads his new collection The Hellbox and Penelope Shuttle reads from her Selected Poems 1980-1996 at The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Wed 13, 7.30pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 0171 4209880.

BRISTOL: Helen Dunmore (above) reads from her latest novel Your Blue- Eyed Boy at Waterstone's, The Galleries, Broadmead, Wed 13, 7pm, pounds 1. 0117 9252274.

ILKLEY FESTIVAL: Maryse Conde reads Windward Heights and Antonio Bentez- Rojo reads A View From the Mangrove at the Sunday School, Bronte Parsonage, Haworth, Sun 10, 2.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. 01943 601210.

2 'The Dream Deferred' - Caryl Phillips gives the Arthur Ravenscroft Memorial Lecture on 50 years of Caribbean migration to Britain at the Rupert Beckett Theatre, University of Leeds, Mon 11, 5.30pm, pounds 3. 01943 601210.

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: histories and predictions are the focus of this year's festival, until Mon 25. Myriad historians, politicians, scientists, journalists, poets and novelists weave tales of who we are and what we might become. Jung Chang celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Roy Hattersley analyses the past half-century; Orlando Figes on the Russian Revolution; Alison Lurie, Barbara Trapido, Jeanette Winterson; and more! Call the Festival Information Point 01273 706771.