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Shots on the Page is the literary arm of the crime and mystery festival 'Shots in the Dark'. The convention stars James Crumley with Frances Fyfield, Jonathan Gash, Amanda Cross, Liza Cody and Peter Lovesey. Readings, discussions, workshop and quiz. At the Forte Crest Hotel, Nottingham, Fri 10 to Sun 12 June, pounds 40 for whole weekend. 0602-526600.

The Greenwich Festival includes a celebration of Indian literature (tonight, 8pm). Vaya Naidu tells folk tales, Hindu myths and stories of epic women. Bob Hope Theatre Bar, Eltham, 8pm. pounds 4 ( pounds 3 concs). There's also an evening with James Fenton, Oxford's new Professor of Poetry, introduced by Blake Morrison. Blackheath Concert Halls, Thurs 9, 9pm. pounds 12.50. 081-317 8687.

Maureen Duffy, author of Love Child, talks to Virago editor Alison Hennegan about Lesbian Landmarks. Watershed Gallery Two, Bristol. Tues 9, 7pm. pounds 3 ( pounds 2 concs). 0272-253845.

In London, J P Donleavy reads The History of the Gingerman at Waterstone's, Hampstead. Mon 6, 7pm. pounds 2. 071-794 1098.

Also at Waterstone's: Alan Hollinghurst reading The Folding Star. Tues 7, 7pm, Edinburgh East End (031-556 3034) and Thurs 9, 7.30pm, Birmingham (021-633 4353). Free.

Carol Shields at Waterstones

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