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LONDON: Josephine Balmer and Peter Jay lead a translation workshop on Sappho in the Waterloo bar, RFH, SE1; Sun 27, 11am, pounds 5/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

Designer Helen Storey talks to Caryn Franklyn about her book Fighting Fashion; Cottesloe, NT, SE1; Wed 30, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

Poets Jean Binta Breeze and Delroy Williams read at Tottenham Gn Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15; Thur 24, 7pm, free. 0181 801 9520

Poet Martin Newell reads at Filthy MacNasty's, 68 Amwell St, EC1; Thur 31, 8.30pm, pounds 5. 0171 278 9993

BIRMINGHAM: contemporary urban writers on tour: Harry Clifton, Ferdinand Dennis and Peter Plate read at Waterstone's, 24-26 High St; Tue 29, 6.30pm, pounds 1.50. 0121 633 4353

DAVENTRY: novelist Rachel Billington reads in the Library, North St; Tue 29, 8pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01327 703130

CAMBRIDGE: antiquarian bookfair at Fisher Hall, Guildhall Pl; Wed 30, 10am-4pm, free. 01763 249212

CARDIFF: Welsh writers Catherine Merriman, Robert Minhinnick and Clare Morgan read in the Capt Scott Room, Royal Hotel; Wed 30, 8.30pm, free. 01222 383321

LIVERPOOL: Dead Good Poets present Atomic Lip at the Everyman, Hope St; Wed 30, 8pm, pounds 4/pounds 2. 0151 734 1166

NORWICH: Irina Ratushinskaya reads from her novel The Odessans in Lecture Theatre 1, UEA; Wed 30, 7pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2. 01603 592810

EDINBURGH: Isla Dewar talks about her novel Women Talking Dirty at the Library, McDonald Road; Thur 31, 7pm, free. 0131 529 5636

LANCASTER: LitFest begins Thur. Highlights include: poet Ian McMillan, Thur 31, 8.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50; poet Edwin Morgan with novelist Alison MacLeod, Fri 1, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50; poets Mark Doty and Michele Roberts, Sat 2, 8.45pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. All at the Gregson Centre, Moorgate. 01524 849959.