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BELFAST: A S Byatt reads at Elmwood Hall (part of the Belfast Festival); Sun 30, 6pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01232 665577

RICHMOND: 90-minute literary walk, taking in George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Dickens, Pope, Walpole and Walter de la Mare, starts outside Richmond Theatre, Sun 30, 2pm, pounds 2/pounds 1. Festival Box Office: 0181 332 0534.

MANCHESTER: Ian Hislop talks about editing Private Eye and signs copies of the 1997 Annual at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate; Tue 2, 7pm, pounds 3. 0161 832 1992

LONDON: Camille Paglia (introduced by Beatrix Campbell) lectures on 'The Modern Battle of the Sexes' at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, SE1; Mon 1, 7.30pm, pounds 7/pounds 4. 0171 960 4242

Poet Bernardine Evaristo reads her work at the Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas St, SE1; Tue 2, 7.30pm, pounds 4.50/pounds 3. 0171 955 4791

Children's writer Michael Morpurgo talks about his work at the Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's St, SW1; Wed 3, 7pm, pounds 3/pounds 2.50 (children free). 0171 408 0214

KETTERING: Gillian Slovo reads from her memoir My Family, My Country: Library, Sheep St; Thur 4, 8pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01536 512315

COCKERMOUTH: poets Sophie Hannah and Dorothy Nimmo at Castlegate House; Fri 5, 8pm, pounds 4/pounds 2. 01900 85289

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