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2 London: Booker winner Pat Barker converses with biographer Miranda Seymour at the Cottesloe, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1; Wed 14, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

Will Hutton, author of The State We're In, now in paperback, leads a discussion at Waterstone's, 121-125 Charing Cross Rd, WC1; Thur 15, 7.30pm, free.

Writing in Light: Jonathan Coe, author of What a Carve-up!, talks about literature and cinema with clips from the film of the same name; Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1; Sat 17, 12pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

2 Aberdeen: poet John Burnside reads at Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct; Tue 13, 8pm, free. 01224 634622

2 Canterbury: Graham Swift reads and signs copies of his new novel Last Orders at Waterstone's, 20-21 St Margaret's St; Wed 14, 7pm, free. Booking: 01227 456343

2 Norwich: Ted Hughes, the Poet Laureate, gives a reading in Lecture Theatre 1, UEA; Mon 12, 7pm, pounds 3.50 / pounds 2. Booking essential: 01603 592272

2 St Andrews: University composer-in-residence, Jeremy Thurlow, presents new settings of Burns's erotic lyrics in Younger Hall; Wed 14, 1.1pm, free. 01334 462666

2 Bristol: Joan Solomon chairs discussion with the contributors to What Can a Woman Do with a Camera? at Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd; Fri 16, 7.30pm, pounds 2/pounds 1. 0117 925 3845

2 Bracknell: Full Throttle performance poetry tour (Patience Agbabi, Steve Tasane et al) continues at South Hill Park; Sat 17, 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4. 01344 484123