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LONDON: The arrival of the first Caribbean immigrants aboard HMS Empire Windrush in June 1948, is commemorated with a day of talks and discussions on the legacy and achievements of the Windrush generation: E R Braithwaite, Beryl Gilroy and George Lamming talk about life in 1950s London; David Dabydeen, Caryl Phillips (below) and Sushelia Nasta discuss the legacy of 1950s writers; Maggie Gee, Mike Phillips and Gillian Slovo explore creating characters of a different race at the Royal Festival Hall, Sat 27. For details call 0171 960 4242.

Muriel Spark discusses her writing at the Cottesloe Theatre, Mon 22, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 452 3000.

Historian Anthony Beevor discusses Stalingrad at Waterstone's, 68 Hampstead High St, Tue 23, 7pm, pounds 2. 0171 794 1098.

Alison Lurie talks and answers questions about her latest novel The Last Resort at the Cottesloe Theatre, Fri 26, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 452 3000.

'Midsummer Poetry Festival' including Kwame Dawes, Anan Collymore, Richard Allen, Jilian Tipene, Malissa Read, Nick Constance and Stacy Makishi at the Victoria Embankment Gardens, Villiers St, Sun 21, 2-5pm, free. For details call 0181 692 0393 / 0171 375 0441.

LKLEY FESTIVAL: Benjamin Zephaniah 'In Performance' at Bradford Central Library, Princes Way, Bradford, Thur 25, 8pm, pounds 5. 01943 601210.

COCKERMOUTH: In 'Particular Visions' Matthew Sweeney and Diana Hendry read new and recent poems at Castlegate House Gallery, Fri 26, 8pm, pounds 4. 01900 85289.

MANCHESTER: Linda Grant reads from her memoir, Remind Me Who I Am, Again at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate, Tue 23, 7pm. pounds 3. 0161 832 1992.