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2 London: Graham Swift talks to Blake Morrison about his new novel Last Orders; Blackheath Concert Halls, 23 Lee Rd, SE3; Tue 6 (supper and talk) 7.30pm, pounds 16/pounds 14; (talk only) 9pm, pounds 6/pounds 4. 0181 463 0100

Actor Michael Pennington talks on his Hamlet: A User's Guide in the Lyttelton, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1; Tue 6, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

Novelists Amy Tan, Edna O'Brien and Mordechai Richler read their work at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, SE1; Wed 7, 7.30pm, pounds 7/pounds 4. 0171 960 4242

Graphic novelist Neil Gaiman with artists Simon Grennan, Christopher Sperandio on Cartoon Hits; ICA, The Mall, SW1; Wed 7, 7.30pm, pounds 5.50/pounds 4.50. 0171 930 3647

Tony Harrison talks about his film poems and shows clips at the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Thur 8, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 3.50. 0171 960 4242

2 University of St Andrews: Robert Crawford lectures on Burns in Lower College Hall; Tue 6, 8pm, free; poet John Burnside reads, with music, at the School of English; Thur 8, 1pm, free. 01334 462666

2 Bracknell: poets Martin Mooney and Peter Pegnall perform with musician Roger Leach at South Hill Park; Thur 8, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. 01344 484123

2 Bolton: Antiquarian and second-hand bookfair at the Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross; Sat 10, 10am-4.30pm. 01763 249212

2 Suffolk: Sole Bay Literature Festival includes Brian Aldiss, Valerie Grove, Hilary Mantel and Mavis Cheek in conversation, Jon Stallworthy on Louis MacNeice; Fri 9 to Sun 11 in Southwold. Last minute reductions: information 01803 867311