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The 45th Jewish Book Fair is an amiable mix of the heavyweight and the jocular. On the one hand: a lecture by Chaim Potok, poetry from Yehuda Amichai and debates of an ethical, historical and theological nature. On the other: ex-beat Michael Horowitz and anecdotage from the unflagging Mordecai Richler. Plus Europe's largest Jewish Book Fair, where you can get your mitts on the new Alan Isler. Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1 (0171-435 5008) Sun to 17 Mar

King's Lynn has a nice market square and, er, that's it. But wait, this weekend it also has an excellent fiction festival: Abdulrazak Gurnah, Louis de Bernieres, Beryl Bainbridge. Plus anecdotage from the unflagging Mordecai Richler. Town Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk (01553 691661) to Sun

N1 persons get their fleeces dipped in a heady swill of poetry (Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage, Moniza Alvi), poetry and music (International Women's Night) and poetry, music and lunacy (St Patrick's Eve). Islington Literary Fest, (0171-477 3853) to 17 Mar