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Five Star Poetry presents an evening of readings by five poets, including Grace Nichols and John Hegley on Sun 14 at The Union Chapel, Compton Terrace N1. 7.30pm. pounds 15 (all proceeds to the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture). 0171 813 9999.

Two of Italy's most acclaimed writers, Daniele Del Giudice and Claudio Magris, read from and discuss their work on Tues 16, at the Voicebox, RFH, SE1. 7.30pm. pounds 5/pounds 3. 0171 960 4242.

The filmaker and author of Robinson in Space, Patrick Keiller, appears as part of a series of talks on Topographics: New Perspectives on Place on Wed 17 at the RCA, Kensington Gate, SW7. 6.30pm. Free. 0171 590 4483.

Lynne Truss will be reading from and signing copies of her new book Going Loco on Wed 17 at Waterstone's Piccadilly, SW1. 7pm. Free. 0171 851 2400.

The crime writers John Harvey and Stella Duffy read from their own work on Thurs 18 at Vox n' Roll, Filthy McNasty's, Amwell Street, EC1. 8.30pm. 0171 837 6067.

Novelist and critic A S Byatt examines novels written about the Second World War in the lecture Conflagrations and Spitfires as part of The Southbank's Literature Events on Sat 20 at the Chelsfield Room, RFH, SE1. Noon. pounds 5/pounds 3. 0171 960 4242.


Michael Frayn, author of Noises Off, Alarms and Excursions and Copenhagen, appears on Mon 15 at The Arthur Miller Centre, UEA, Norwich NR4. 7pm. pounds 3.50/pounds 2. 01603 508050.