Sunday 12 October 1997
CHESTER: Festival continues. Today: a walking tour of literary Chester, taking in Dickens and Defoe; begins at the Tourist Info Centre, Town Hall Sq, 2pm (pounds 3). Norman Davies talks about his epic book, The History of Europe, in the Cathedral Refectory; Mon 13, 7.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. Box office: 01244 341200
DAVENTRY: poet Matthew Sweeney reads at the Library, North St; Tue 14, 8pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01327 703130
MANCHESTER: poet Murray Lachlan Young performs at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate; Tue 14, 7pm, pounds 3. 0161 832 1992
OXFORD: Roy Hattersley talks about his book Fifty Years On at the Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St; Wed 15, 5.45pm, pounds 3.50. 01865 798600
LONDON: novelists Courttia Newland (black London streetlife) and Eamonn Sweeney (Irish "filthy realism") read at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Thur 16, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242
TEESSIDE: Writearound festival: Labi Siffre sings and reads his poems at the Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Rd, Acklam; Fri 17, 8pm, pounds 4/pounds 2. 01642 262424
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant