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2 London: top poets read at the T S Eliot Poetry Prize Preview, Almeida Theatre, Almeida St, N1; all ten shortlisters, including Simon Armitage, Ian Duhig, Katherine Pierpoint and Glyn Maxwell, will be reading from nominated books. Sun 14, 7pm, pounds 6/pounds 4. 0171 359 226 4001

Antiquarian book fair at Hotel Russell, Russell Sq, WC1; Sun 14 (2- 7pm), Mon 15 (11am-7pm). Admission free.

Julian Barnes reads from and signs copies of his latest book of short stories, Cross Channel, at the Cottesloe, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, SE1; Tue 16, 6pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2.50. 0171 928 2252

A Tribute to Ken Saro-Wiwa takes place at a special late-night platform in the Cottesloe on Jan 17, 10.15-11pm; Cyril I Nri and others read from the author's work. Details and prices as above.

Bruno Latour, author of We Have Never Been Modern, gives a talk on the subject "Are We Modern?", mixing politics, culture, technology and nature; The ICA, The Mall, SW1; Sat 20, 4.30pm, pounds 6.50/pounds 5.50. 0171 930 3647

2 Aberdeen: a talk on Robert Burns in association with the Scots Language Society at the Arts Centre, King St; Mon 15, 7.30pm. 01224 635208

Sean Burn leads a creative writing workshop focusing on short stories and storytelling, at Marischal Museum, Broad St; Wed 17, 2-4pm, pounds 2.50 (booking essential). 01224 273131

2 Glasgow: performance poet Lemn Sissay lets rip with musician Colin Thorpe at CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St; Sat 20, 8pm, pounds 3/pounds 1. 0141 332 0522

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