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"I owe London a huge amount - and not just for the free teeth and glasses we got back then. It's good to be able to put something back in," gushes Maeve Binchy (right), one of the six Irish writers lining up to read at Islington's Union Chapel tonight. This annual St Patrick's Day (or thereabouts) charity read-in, organised by Seamus Heaney, is always a lively affair, teaming an eclectic evening of Irish Lit with a full- on ceilidh, complete with traditional band, dancing and late bar.

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