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Hear... some charitable talk. The Limegrove Appeal has set up some evenings of literary discussion, with proceeds going to raise money to build, equip and run a hostel and day-centre for homeless people. Tonight John Julius Norwich is in conversation with Ronald Harwood and Simon Callow. Nights to come are The Art of Biography with Melvyn Bragg, Claire Tomalin and Victoria Glendinning (6 May), and The Art of Writing Fiction with Ruth Rendell and PD James (10 June). At Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 0181-357 5353). Tickets pounds 15. Begins at 7.30pm.

Check out... Irvine Welsh's new adventure - with Welsh's signature madcap antics all over it, and some obvious literary relish in naming the new band (The Pocket Devils) and Welsh's new record label (Bubbles Recordings). Expect some guitar pop, and an opportunity to hear the single "Starmaker", to be released at the end of the month, with a remix by the "guy who made a number one in bedroom", White Towns' Jyoti Mishra. Theatre, novels, records, they can hardly say the chemical generation are slackers. Tonight at The Bubba Club, Dillwyn Street, Swansea.

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