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BATH: Geraldine McEwan performs excerpts from Jane Austen at a charity event (for Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) at Lucknam Park, Colerne; Sun 31, pounds 75 (inc champagne reception and four-course dinner). Accommodation pounds 50 per room. 01225 742777

EDINBURGH: poets Stewart Conn, Brian Johnstone and Jim C Wilson read at Fruitmarket Gallery, 29 Market St; Sun 31, 8pm, pounds 1. 0131 225 2383

Hanif Kureishi is "In The Hot Seat" at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay St; Wed 3, 7pm, pounds 2 (inc pounds 1 off signed copy of his latest novel The Black Album). 0131 229 9697

Dr Susan Manning lectures on "Burns and God" at the Church of St Andrew and St George, George St; Tue 2, 8pm, free. Info: 01334 462666

LONDON: novelist Iain Sinclair reads at Filthy MacNasty's, 68 Amwell St, EC1; Sun 31, 9pm, pounds 3. Info: 0171 609 2543

Haringey Literature Festival presents An Evening with novelists Alison Fell and Kate Pullinger at Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Rd, N6; Sun 31, 7pm, pounds 5/pounds 3. 0181 341 4421

Melvyn Bragg reads from his novel of the Dark Ages, Credo, in the Cottesloe, National Theatre, SE1; Mon 1, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

Veteran actress Irene Worth performs solo in three shows: "A Portrait of Edith Wharton", "Prosper Merimee's Gypsies", inspired by the work of the French writer, and the letters of George Sand and Gustave Flaubert (with actor Peter Eyre); The Almeida, Almeida St; Mon 1 to Sat 6, eves 8pm, Sat Mat 4pm, pounds 15-pounds 8. 0171 359 4404

EXETER: literary lunch with poet Diana Hekt at Convergence Centre, 45 Queen St; Mon 1, 1pm, pounds 4. 01392 434441

BRIGHTON: Gwyneth Jones reads weekly from her cyberpunk novel Kairos, at do tongues, The Lift, 11-12 Queens Rd; Wed 3, 8pm, free. 01273 730515

BURY ST EDMUNDS: Antiquarian book fair takes place at Athenaeum Hall, Angel Hill; Sat 6, 10am-4pm, free.

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