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LONDON: Still some tickets left for what promises to be a sparkling evening of readings at the Almeida Theatre, Almeida St, N1, by poets shortlisted for this year's T S Eliot Prize (winner announced tomorrow). Taking part will be: Ciaran Carson, Maura Dooley, John Fuller, Stephen Knight, Adrian Mitchell, Alice Oswald, Christopher Reid and Susan Wicks. The other shortlisted poets, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray, cannot attend, but actor Des McAleer will read from Heaney's collection The Spirit Level. Today, 7pm, pounds 7/pounds 5. 0171 359 4404

Antiquarian bookfair takes place at the Hotel Russell, Russell Sq, WC1; Sun 12 (1pm-7pm), Mon 13 (11am-7pm). Fairs information line: 01763 249 212

The ICA hosts a conference on the work of social scientist Anthony Giddens to mark Routledge's publication of the four-volume Anthony Giddens: Critical Assessments. The conference is chaired by Melvyn Bragg and Baroness Tessa Blackstone, and participants include Will Hutton, Juliet Mitchell, Prof Geoffrey Weeks, Ulrich Beck and John Gray, with a speech by Prof Giddens himself. Wed 15, 10am-6pm in the Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, SW1. 0171 930 3647

SHREWSBURY: Antiquarian bookfair takes place at the Music Hall, The Square; Sat 18 (10.30am-5pm). 01763 249212

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