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l Edinburgh: poet Don Paterson reads his work at the Ceilidh House, Tron Tavern, Hunter Sq; Sun 26, 8pm, free. 0131 220 1550

Poet Hugo Williams reads from his work and his new book Freelancing at the Netherbow, 43-45 High St; Wed 29, 7.45pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 0131 556 9579

l Swansea: Booker prizewinner James Kelman reads from his work and talks about "living across cultures" with Gaelic poets Sorley MacLean and Meg Bateman at Ty Llen, Somerset Pl; Sun 26, 6pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01792 652211

Poet Iain Crichton Smith joins singer-songwriter Brian McNeill in an exploration of emigration in poetry and song; Camelot Suite, No Sign Inn, Wind St; Wed 29, 7.30pm, pounds 3/pounds 2. 01792 463980

l Richmond-on-Thames: Book Now Festival: A S Byatt talks to psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre about Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot at the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave; Mon 27, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.

Michael Holroyd talks about the new edition of his classic biography of Lytton Strachey at the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave; Thur 30, 8pm, pounds 4/pounds 3.

Philip Hoare discusses his biography of Noel Coward; York House, Richmond Rd, Twickenham; Wed 29, 8pm, pounds 4/pounds 3. Festival bookings 0181 332 0534

l London: Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden tell tales from The Odyssey at the Crick-Crack Club, Candid Cafe, 3-5 Torrens St, N1; Wed 29, 8pm, pounds 5/pounds 3.50. 0171 284 4367

l Poets Vicki Feaver and TS Eliot prize-winner Sean O'Brien read at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Wed 29, 7.30pm, pounds 4/pounds 2.50. 0171 960 4242

l Roberto Calasso, Christopher Logue and Lisa Appignanesi discuss myth and history in Homer at the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, SE1; Thur 30, 7.30pm, pounds 6/pounds 3.50. 0171 960 4242

l Hull: inaugural event for the Philip Larkin Society: readings, a lecture, exhibition; Sat 2, 2pm. Contact John Osborne, University of Hull on 01482 465640

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