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2 Bracknell: poet Billy Collins teams up with jazz saxophonist Tim Hill at South Hill Park Arts Centre; Sun 221, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 4. 01344 484123

2 Wells: Antiquarian and second-hand bookfair at the Town Hall, Market Place; Sun 21, 10.30am-4.30pm.

2 Glasgow: poet and story writer Iain Crichton Smith appears at the Bearsden Literary Society; Bearsden North Church Hall, Bearsden Cross; Mon 22, 7.45pm, pounds 2/pounds 1. Info 0141 942 1811

2 Edinburgh: Julian Barnes reads from his new short story collection Cross Channel at Waterstone's, 13-14 Princes St; Tue 23, 7pm. Entry by free ticket. 0131 556 3034

2 London: Writing in Light: A celebration of literature and film. Film critic Philip French talks on literature and poetry in film, from Graham Greene to Salman Rushdie. Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1; Wed 24, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50.

Vampyres author Christopher Frayling on horror literature and film; venue as above; Sat 27, 12pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50.

Crime writer and Independent on Sunday columnist Joan Smith talks about film noir; venue as above; Sat 27, 3pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. Royal Festival Hall box office: 0171 960 4242

Peter F Hamilton reads from his new sf novel The Reality Dysfunction at Forbidden Planet, 71 New Oxford St, WC1. Sat 27, 1pm, free.

Novelist Kate Pullinger and poet Vicki Raymond discuss their work at the Women Writers' Workshop; Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High St, W8; Sat 27, 10am-4pm, pounds 20/pounds 12. Info Liz Craft on 0171 603 4535

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