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DORSET: Wessex Poetry Festival's weekend-long events include Jenny Joseph, Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya, Geoff Dyer and Gillian Allnutt. Sat 7 to Sun 8. Weekend tickets pounds 25; events pounds 5, 01258 456803.

BRADFORD: Kathy Lette reads from her new novel Altar Ego at Waterstone's on Tues 3, 7pm, pounds 1.50, 01274 723127.

RICHMOND: Book Now!, Richmond's Literature Festival, runs Mon 2 to Thurs 26 Nov, and includes Tim Parks, Andrew Motion, Penelope Lively, Michael Wood, Chris Patten and Richard Holmes. 0181 332 0534.

LONDON: The Southbank Centre is holding a memorial tribute for the late Ted Hughes today at the RFH. Derek Walcott leads other writers appearing at Poetry International, a festival founded by Hughes himself. Purcell Room, 2pm, free tickets reservations on 0171 960 4242.

Poetry International events this week: Tues 3 Jamie McKendrick, Juan Luis Panero and Jane Duran; Wed 4 Simon Armitage, Sujata Bhatt, Galway Kinnell and Iain Crichton Smith; Thurs 5 Lavinia Greenlaw, Selima Hill and Shuntaro Tanikawa; Fri 6 Wendy Cope and Olive Senior; Sat 7 Festival Director Sean O'Brien's lecture, "Waiting for the End? Poetry at the Millennium"; Robert Crawford, Sarah Maguire and Tom Paulin discuss the Lyrical Ballards; Paul Muldoon, Tom Paulin and Olga Sedakova. Tickets on 0171 960 4242.

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