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TOP-CLASS poetry read against the stirring natural soundtrack of Aldeburgh's buffeting coast. Today's stars include Simon Armitage (right) and Kathleen Jamie (8pm). Tomorrow (7pm), enjoy the comic verve of Irish domestic iconoclast Rita Ann Higgins. Sunday (3.45pm) offers the warming wit of Shuntaro Tanikawa (Japan's translator of the "Peanuts" cartoons), and Olive Senior's verdant narratives of skirt-hitched postmistresses, ruffled leghorns, and the lost-crop tragedies of a Jamaica overturned by hurricanes.

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk (01728 453543) today, 7 & 8 Nov

"I feel like I've got five years to live," says one of Lorrie Moore's characters, asthmatically hacking through New York City pollution, "so I'm moving back to Iowa so that it'll feel like 50." The engaging American short-story star relates more mordant observations about disappointed pet-loving home-town folk when she talks about her new collection, Birds of America, with Nick Hornby.

Barbican Cinema 3, Silk St, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) 7.30pm