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NEWBURY: Edward Rutherfurd reads his saga London: The Novel at Waterstone's, 64 Northbrook St, Fri 8, 7pm, free. 01635 569998.

LONDON: 'The Art of Biography' - Melvyn Bragg in conversation with Claire Tomalin and Victoria Glendinning (below) in aid of the Limegrove Appeal, at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Wed 6, 7.30, pounds 15. 0181 3575162.

2 Lucille Clifton reads her new poetry volume The Terrible Stories plus Tamar Yoseloff reads from her forthcoming collection Sweetheart at Cinema 1, the Barbican, Tue 5, 8.45pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. 0171 6388891.

GUILDFORD: As part of the Lewis Carroll Centenary Festival Thur 7- Sun 17, Kevin Moore's monologue Crocodiles in Cream uses Carroll's words to evoke his complex world of fantasy and reality at The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Fri 8, pounds 7.50/pounds 5. For information on all events call 01483 444337.

SWINDON: the literature festival continues until Sun 10 with Douglas Hurd, Christopher Ball, Paul Foot, Libby Purves, Deborah Moggach, Anthony Clare, Germaine Greer, Bel Mooney, workshops, storytellers, poets and many others. For information call 01793 771080.

CANTERBURY: Beryl Bainbridge reads her new novel Master Georgie at Waterstone's, 20-21 St Margaret St, Thur 7, 7pm, pounds 2. 01227 456343.

ABERDEENSHIRE: novelist Iain Crichton Smith discusses his work at Duff Country House and Gallery, by Banff, Sat 9, 3pm, pounds 3/pounds 2 includes admission to the house. 01261 818181.

EDINBURGH: creator of Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson, reads his first novel The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman at the Assembly Rooms, George St, Wed 6, 7.30pm, pounds 3/pounds 1.50. 0131 556 3044.

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