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The Brighton Festival continues with, among others, Richard Ingrams, Auberon Waugh and Beryl Bainbridge (today, Thistle Hotel), Michael Foot, (Fri 27) Anita Desai, Fiona McCarthy and Bernard Levin (all on Sat 28 at Charleston) and John Cooper Clarke (Sat 28, The Barn Theatre, Southwick). For details: 0273-709709.

Maya Angelou on her new book of meditations and memoirs: Mon 23, 6pm, National Theatre, London, pounds 3.50 ( pounds 2.50); Wed 25, 8pm, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, pounds 12- pounds 8 ( pounds 10- pounds 6).

Poets Billy Childish and Brendan Cleary; Tues 24, 7.30pm, Voice Box, South Bank Centre, London. pounds 3 ( pounds 1.80)

Edmund White talks about his new writings, The Burning Library: Thur 26, 7.30pm, Waterstone's, Charing Cross Rd, London ( pounds 2) and Fri 27, 7pm, Watershed Media Centre, Cannon's Road, Bristol. pounds 3 ( pounds 2). 0272-253845.

Penelope Lively will be discussing her childhood memoir Oleander, Jacaranda at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3; Wed 25, 9pm. pounds 6 (concs pounds 4). 081-463 0100.

New Generation Poets, still on the road: Tues 24, Robert Crawford, W N Herbert, Kathleen Jamie and Don Paterson in Waterstone's, Dundee, 7pm; Wed 25, Susan Wicks in Hammick's, Tunbridge Wells, 6.30pm. For details of more events: 071-240 4810.