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LANCASTER: Sue Townsend talks about her work at The Dukes, Moor Lane; Sun 3, 8.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 4.50. 01524 61477

LONDON: Fleur Adcock, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Sean O'Brien, Don Paterson, Helen Dunmore and others read poems inspired by Piers Plowman in the Purcell Room, RFH, SE1; Sun 3, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 3.50. 0171 960 4242

Margaret Drabble reads from her new novel The Witch of Exmoor in the Cottesloe, NT, SE1; Fri 8, 6pm, pounds 3.50/ pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

RICHMOND: Book Now! festival begins Sun. Bernice Rubens, Francis King, Piers Paul Read, Marina Warner at the Orange Tree, Clarence St (Sun 3, 7pm, pounds 10/pounds 7.50); Beryl Bainbridge in the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave (Mon 4, 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4; Irina Ratushinskaya at York House, Richmond Rd (Wed 6, 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4.) Julian Barnes, Craig Raine (YH, Fri 8, 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4). 0181 332 0534

NORWICH: Stephen Fry talks about his new novel Making History in Lecture Theatre 1, Arthur Miller Centre, UEA; Mon 4, 7pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2. 01603 592810

EDINBURGH: literary events at the Traverse, Cambridge St this week include Margaret Drabble with Nell Dunn (Tue 5); Fay Weldon (Wed 6); Redmond O'Hanlon (Thur 7) and Kate Atkinson with Louis de Bernieres (Fri 8). All events 7.30pm, pounds 3.50. 0131 228 1404

BRIGHTON: crime writer Mark Timlin reads at the Arts Club, 7 Ship St; Wed 6, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. 01273 727371

CARDIFF: novelists Emyr Humphreys and Ron Berry discuss their work; Capt Scott Room, Royal Hotel, St Mary St; Wed 6, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. 01222 878444

EXETER: traditional Celtic tales with music; Cabaret Theatre, Arts Centre, Gandy St; Thur 7, 8pm, pounds 3. 01392 421111

KETTERING: Helen Simpson and D J Taylor celebrate the life and work of local writer J L Carr, author of A Month in the Country, in the Library, Sheep St; Thur 7, 8pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01536 512315

DORSET: Wessex Poetry Festival runs Fri to Sun. Poets taking part include: Maggie O'Sullivan, Jeremy Reed, Jon Silkin, Alice Notley, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Aidan Dun. Main events take place in the Seeley Suite, Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum; pounds 25, or pounds 5 per session. 01258 456803

HULL: poets Tadeusz Rozewicz and Adam Czerniawski read at Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Sq; Fri 8, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. 01482 226655