Keep ducking and diving between the punters, beware the lure of the fortune-tellers and the vegetarian shoe shop and hunker down at the week- long mini-Irish festival (mainly at the Sussex Arts Club), starting on Sunday, which brags poetry from Ian Duhig and Paul Durcan, readings by playwrights Brian Behan and Frank McGuinness and much music in between. On Tuesday, nothing could be more suitable than Graham Swift at the Pavilion Theatre, reading from his latest, Last Orders, which ends up in end-of- the-pier Margate. You could go back there on Wednesday for Ben Okri, but there is a distinct danger that you would run into Perky (known to police as Edwina Currie, above). You'd be much safer in the arms of CJ Stone (at literary merchants Do Tongues), who will talk about hippy and punk festivals with the aid of a sound system and a screening of the counter- culture classic Operation Stonehenge. And afterwards, as Greene put it, "you can rock back in trains to the cramped streets and the closed pubs and the walk home."
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