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2 Swansea: A poetry reading with a Valentine theme. Linda France and David Harsent perform at Swansea Art Workshop, Gloucester Place; Mon 6, 7.30pm, £2/£1.50. 0792 652211. 2 Glasgow: a discussion with Gordon Legge, reading from his latest novel I Love Me (Who Do You Love?) and Alan Warner, reading from his debut Morvern Callar; Studio, Centre For Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St; Wed 8, 7pm, £2/£1. 041 332 7521.

2 Halifax: Regular writing workshop lead by Steve Sneyd has its own magazine, Clough Works. No need to book or enrol, just turn up; Seminar room, Dean Clough Industrial Park; every Weds, 4.30-6pm, free. 0422 344555.

2 Bath: children's writer Maurice Gleitzman reads from and signs his new book Puppyfat at Waterstones, 4/5 Milsom St; Thur 9, 7pm. 0225 465565.

2 Central London: David Dabydeen talks about his long poem, "Turner", and the painting that inspired it: J M W Turner's "Slave Ship"; Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank; Thur 9, 7.30pm, £3.50/£2. 071 928 8800.

2 Cambridge: Michelle Spring reads from and signs the first Laura Principal mystery Every Breath You Take at Heffers bookshop, 20 Trinity St; Sat 11, 11.30am. 0223 568568.

2 Cardiff: James Ellroy talks and signs copies of American Tabloid at Dillons, 1-2 St David's Link, The Hayes; Sat 11, 3pm. 0222 222723.

2 Swansea: A Feast of Erotic Poetry, with controversialist Fiona Pitt-Kethley and Alexis Lykiard; Hilton National Hotel, The Enterprise Park; Sat 11, 7.30pm, £3/£2. 0792 652211.

Bath: The Ways With Words Literary Weekend runs Feb 26 to 28 a the Royal Crescent Hotel and will feature Mary Wesley in discussion, a dinner with Susan Hill, a talk by Philippa Gregory on the lengths she goes to to research her novels, and Jonathan Dimbleby on Prince Charles. Tickets to individual events are available now, from £8 for talks to £38 for literary dinners. Tickets 0225 319090.

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