EVENTS

2 London: Dodie Smith remembered at a platform performance with Valerie Grove and Peter Barkworth; Cottesloe, National Theatre, SE1; Mon 25, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2033

Poetry reading from New Writing 5, with Peter Porter, Fleur Adcock, Maura Dooley and Dannie Abse at Books Etc, 120 Charing Cross Rd, WC2; Mon 25, 6.30pm, free. 0171 379 7313

Peter Levi talks about Doctor Zhivago; Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Thur 28, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

2 Bromsgrove: civic commemoration for A E Housman on his birthday, Tue 26, starting at his statue in the High St at noon, then reception and lunch at Perry Hall Hotel. All welcome at the statue; limited numbers for reception and lunch (pounds 8, inc glass of wine). Centenary programme: 01527 872422

2 Edinburgh: Seamus Heaney lectures on Burns at BBC Scotland, Queen St Studio; Tue 26, 8pm, free. Info: 01334 462666

2 Brighton: Kathy Acker and punk band The Mekons perform at do tongues, The Lift, 11-12 Queens Rd; Wed 27, 8pm, pounds 8/pounds 6 advance tickets, pounds 10/pounds 8 on the door. 01273 730515

2 Canterbury: Jon Stallworthy on Louis MacNeice, Waterstone's, 20-21 St Margarets St; Wed 27, 7pm, free. 01227 456343

2 Bristol: Spanish writers tour ends at Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Rd; Amanda Hopkinson chairs readings and debates with three writers. Thur 28, 7.30pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0117 925 3845

2 Harrogate: antiquarian book fair at the Royal Baths; Fri 29 (noon-7pm) Sat 30, 10am-5pm. 01763 249212

2 Hebden Bridge: storyteller Lindsey Millard performs at Stubbing Wharf pub, King St; Fri 29, 8pm, pounds 2.50/pounds 1.50. 01422 844786

2 Ways With Words: literary break at the Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath, Sun 24 to Tue 26; events pounds 8. Includes David Owen on Bosnia, Andrew Davies (adapter of Pride and Prejudice), Keith Waterhouse and Flora Fraser. For information: 01803 867311

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