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A 'literary duel' is promised - between Graham Greene biographers Michael Sheldon and Norman Sherry at Hampstead Waterstone's, Tue 6 Sept, 7pm, pounds 2. 071-794 1098.

Dick Francis signs Wild Horses at Harrods, London SW1. Mon 5 Sept, 1pm. Free. 071-225 5916.

Erica Jong in conversation about her mid-life memoir, Fear of Fifty, with Barbara Follett, Wed 7 Sept, 6pm, Almeida Theatre London N1, pounds 3.50 (concs pounds 2.50). 071-359 4404.

Poets Danny Abse and Carol Ann Duffy read from their new collections, Wed 7 Sept, 7pm, Dillon's, Gower St London WC1. Free. 071-636 1577.

Maeve Binchy talks about her fiction and reads from The Glass Lake, Wed 7 Sept, 7pm, Dillon's Manchester. pounds 2. 061-832 0424.

Brighton's weekly do tongues club continues with 'Scotland's Roddy Doyle' Duncan McLean. Wed 7 Sept, 8pm, above the Pig in Paradise, Queens Road. pounds 3.50 ( pounds 2.50).

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer discusses her new novel, None to Accompany Me, set just before the recent elections in South Africa, with Anthony Sampson (whose interview with the author will appear on these pages next week). Next Sunday, 11 Sept, 6pm. ICA, The Mall, London SW1, pounds 5.50 ( pounds 4.50). 071-930 3647.