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2 Jewish Book Week: final day. Poetry workshop with Liz Cashdan, 10am-4pm, pounds 30; 1996 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate literary awards, 6-7.15pm; Arnold Wesker, 8.15pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, WC1. 0171 435 5008

2 Leeds University: the Spanish Writers' Tour continues with Bernardo Atxaga (Basque), Pedro Sorela (Castilian), Isabel-Clara Sim (Catalan). Michael Sadler building, Woodhouse Lane; Wed 20, 7.30pm, pounds 2.50/pounds 1.50. 0113 233 3516

2 London: Serpent's Tail authors including Neil Bartlett, Patricia Duncker, Lynne Tillman and Stewart Home celebrate the company's tenth birthday at the ICA, The Mall, SW1; Mon 18, 7.30pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 930 3647

Philip Wells presents the Two-Pint Poetry Show at the Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, W2; Tue-Sun, 7.45pm (Sun 6.45pm), pounds 4/pounds 3. 0171 289 6054

Will Hutton talks to Blake Morrison about The State We're In, at Blackheath Concert Halls, 23 Lee Rd, SE3; Tue 19 (supper and talk) 7.30pm, pounds 16/pounds 14; (talk only) 9pm, pounds 6/pounds 4. 0181 463 0100

Michael Wood lectures on Lolita at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Thur 21, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

2 Canterbury: Christopher Ondaatje reads from Sindh Revisited, the life of Sir Richard Burton; Waterstone's, St Margaret's St; Wed 20, 7pm, free. 01227 456343

2 Bromsgrove: A Shropshire Lad centenary: reception with music and exhibition to launch a year of events; Housman Room, Bromsgrove School. Fri 22, 7.30pm, pounds 6. 01527 872422

2 Newcastle: Andrew Crumey (stories) and Maggie Hannan (poems) read at Morden Tower, Back Stowell St; Fri 22, 8pm, pounds 2/pounds 1. Info: 0191 477 4430

2 Ways With Words: a conference for Thomas Hardy fans takes place at Dartington Hall, Devon, Sun 31 to Thur 4; full board and fees from pounds 291. Info: 01803 867311

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