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WAYS WITH WORDS: A literary weekend, supported by the IoS, takes place in York from 9 to 11 October. Events begin with dinner at the Dean Court Hotel, opposite the Minster. Over dinner, broadcaster and Mastermind host Magnus Magnusson will discuss his life in television (Fri 9 Oct, pounds 31.50). On Sat 10 at St William's College, 5 College St, RSC actor Anthony Sher discusses his latest novel The Feast (10.30am, pounds 6.50); Sir Roy Strong talks about The Story of Britain (12pm, pounds 6.50); Nicholas Evans reads from The Loop (12.30pm, pounds 6.50); Lyndall Gordon discusses her new literary study Two Women & Henry James (4pm, pounds 6.50); and novelist Rosie Thomas reads from Border Crossing, a travel book about her journey from Peking to Paris in a car rally (pounds 6.50 each). On Sun 11, Graham McCann talks about Bring Me Sunshine, his new biography of Morecambe and Wise, over lunch at the Dean Court Hotel (12.15pm, pounds 24.50) Weekend packages at the hotel are available from pounds 198. For further details tel: 01803 867373

INGURGH: Glaswegian novelist Martin Millar reads from his new book Love and Peace with Melody Paradise at Waterstone's, 13-14 Princes St on Mon 28, 7pm, Free. 0131 556 3034

LONDON: Gordon Burn, author of Happy Like Murderers and Duncan Campbell, The Guardian's crime corrospondent discuss real life horror stories at ICA, The Mall SW1, Fri 2, 7.30pm, pounds 6./pounds 5. 0171 930 3647

1 Young novelists James Hawes, Toby Litt, Kevin Sampson and Lana Citron appear at Filthy McNasty's, 68 Amwell St, EC1 on Mon 28; William Sutcliffe, Charles Higson, Nicolas Blincoe and Ben Richards on Tue 29; and Will Self and Liz Jensen on Thu Oct 1. All shows at 8.30pm, Free. 0171 837 6067

MANCHESTER: Martin Amis and Ian McEwan read from their new books Heavy Water and Amsterdam at Waterstone's, 91 Deansgate on Tue 29, 7pm, pounds 5. 0161 832 1992