Word of Mouth: storytellers from South Africa, Surinam, Norway, Ireland spin yarns around Britain, starting with Gcina Mhlophe and John Campbell, at the Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol. Tue 4 Oct, 7.30pm. pounds 4 (pounds 3 concs). 0272 253845.
Carol Ann Duffy and Dannie Abse read their poetry at Waterstone's, Birmingham. Wed 5 Oct, 7pm. pounds 1.50. 021-633 4353.
Crime writer Patricia D Cornwell talks about her latest novel The Body Farm at Books Etc, Oxford St, London W1. Wed 5 Oct, 6pm. Free. 071-734 8287.
The Cheltenham Festival of Literature begins on Fri 7 Oct with appearances by Ralph Steadman, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Iris Murdoch, Will Self, and tributes to Jill Tweedie and e e cummings. Sat 8 Oct: Richard Mabey, Joanna Trollope, Antonia Fraser and, for children, 'Book It]'. Tickets pounds 3-8, with concs. Further details from 0242 237377; box office 0242 227979.
Alan Bennett signs his diaries, Writing Home, at Hatchards, Piccadilly. Fri 7 Oct, 12.30pm. 071-439 9921.
Michele Roberts reads from Flesh & Blood. Fri 7 Oct, 6.30pm. Free. Waterstone's, Bath. 0225 448515.
Comedian turned novelist Rob Newman will be at Dillons, Oxford. Sat 8 Oct, 11am. 0865 790212.Reuse content