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March 2017

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel. A Special Edition.

Mon 13 March
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester place
London, WC2H 7BX United Kingdom
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Austentatious

2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and at LBSW we are celebrating her magnificent work on Monday 13th March. Austentatious returns to its London home in resplendent fashion! In each show, the all-star cast will improvise a brand new Jane Austen novel, based on an audience suggestion. Previous 'lost works' have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Jurassic Mansfield Park, & Double 0 Darcy! In this special edition, powered by London Book & Screen Week, enjoy a pre-show…

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Joseph Conrad Study Day

Mon 13 March @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom
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Joseph Conrad Study Day

Explore the life and work of the great novelist This study day considers Conrad’s career as a novelist and his contribution to British culture in the year that has been designated ‘Joseph Conrad Year’ in Poland. Joseph Conrad, probably now best known as the author of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, was born in 1857 at a time when Poland had been divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. He first came to Britain in 1878 as an apprentice on a British…

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Polari Soho Special

Mon 13 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place
London, WC2H 7JR United Kingdom
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Polari Soho Special

As part of its tenth birthday celebrations, London's award-winning LGBT literary salon returns to its Soho roots with this special event for London Book & Screen Week. Cocktails and chat from 6.30pm. Readings from 7pm. Hosted by Paul Burston with readings from poet Sophia Blackwell, author Christopher Fowler and author and comedian VG Lee. This event is part of London Book & Screen Week, a seven-day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.…

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Tessa Hadley on Eudora Welty

Mon 13 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Review Bookshop, London, United Kingdom + Google Map

For nearly 80 years, New York's 92nd Street Y has been a home to the voices of literature, hosting in its famed Reading Series the greatest literary artists of the 20th century and recording for posterity their appearances as part of its vast audio archive. Featuring Hisham Matar on Jorge Luis Borges, Alice Oswald on Ted Hughes and Tessa Hadley on Eudora Welty, the Writers on Writers series invites contemporary authors to discuss the legendary voices that have meant the…

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Jon Ronson: Psychopath Night with Very Special Guests

Tue 14 March @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester place
London, WC2H 7BX United Kingdom
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Jon Ronson

In Psychopath Night, Jon Ronson will recount the adventure of a lifetime - the funny, terrifying and utterly compelling events that led to his bestselling book The Psychopath Test.

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LIVING DANISHLY: AN EVENING OF COSINESS AND SCANDI CRIME

Tue 14 March @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Hygge

Hyyge (“hoo-ga”), the Danish concept of cosiness and comfortable conviviality, has become a sensation in the UK. In search of the secret ingredients that have made Denmark the world’s happiest country, people everywhere have been lighting candles, wrapping up warm in shearling slippers and thick blankets, and reconnecting with loved ones over games, food and music. London Book & Screen Week is collaborating with Waterstones Piccadilly to put on an evening of Scandi crime, with a discussion panel of Hygge…

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Very Special Screening

Tue 14 March @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street
London, W1T 1RJ United Kingdom
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.  Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self.  Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when…

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An Evening with Roddy Doyle

Tue 14 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street
London, W1D 4NQ United Kingdom
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Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland’s most globally renowned writers. He is a Man Booker prize winning novelist with a prolific career spanning novels, short stories, children’s books, and screenplays. Celebrate thirty years since the publication of his first novel The Commitments, ahead of the publication of his much anticipated new novel, Smile, and join an intimate audience in the Chapel at The House of St Barnabas, as we delve into the world of this Dublin writer’s stories and experiences.…

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The story: books, screen, stage: Michael Morpurgo talks narrative adaptation with Owen Sheers

Wed 15 March @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London, W12 7LJ United Kingdom
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MM & OS

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, is the former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of over 140 books, including Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Butterfly Lion, and War Horse, which first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. In this exclusive London Book & Screen Week event, Michael will be joined by Owen Sheers, author, poet and playwright, as they delve into the world of adaptions.  This intimate dialogue will see these two prolific authors discuss what it means to see the words…

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From Fighting Fantasy to The Witcher: How Narrative Design in Gaming Enhances Storytelling

Wed 15 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
BAFTA

A BAFTA Games panel discussing the art of narrative and storytelling from page to screen and back again. Andrzej Sapkowski (author of The Witcher novel series) and Ian Livingstone CBE (co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series) are joined by fellow creative industry guests to discuss the role of narrative design in game storytelling. With video game sales at an all-time high, we ask the question: what is the next chapter?  And what is gaming’s mandate as a creative platform in the world of…

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An Evening of Poetry with Out-Spoken Press

Wed 15 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
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Join independent publisher Out-Spoken Press poets Anthony Anaxagorou, Sabrina Mahfouz, Bridget Minamore, Fran Lock and Hibaq Osman reading from their recent collections this evening, whilst Raymond Antrobus and Joelle Taylor will introduce us to brand new poems-in-manuscript ahead of publication. Heterogeneous is the definitive anthology of Anthony Anaxagorou’spoetry - an extensive and revised selection taken from several previous volumes. The winner of the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award, Anaxagorou offers the reader an insight into his poetry career with work spanning…

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The potential of personalised e-reading for the new generation

Thu 16 March @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The UCL London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street
London, WC1N 3QS United Kingdom
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This event, held at UCL IOE (London Knowledge Lab), invites children’s app designers, book publishers and game designers, as well as teachers, professionals and parents/caregivers, to discuss personalisation in children’s digital books. Personalisation involves the use of children’s own images, voiceovers, artwork (e.g. drawings) and texts. The ubiquity of handheld digital technologies and dramatic rise in the use of tablets among preschoolers, have led to a heightened commercial interest in personalised tablet and smartphone digital books for 3 to 5-year-old…

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Olga Tokarczuk and Deborah Levy

Thu 16 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Review Bookshop, London, United Kingdom + Google Map

One of the most acclaimed Polish writers of her generation, Olga Tokarczuk has won multiple prizes, most recently for her novel The Books of Jacob, which explores an important moment in 18th-century Polish history. Two recent novels, The Books of Jacob and Flights, will shortly be published, for the first time in English, by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Tokarczuk will be in conversation with Man Booker shortlisted novelist Deborah Levy. This event is part of the Poland Market Focus programme at The…

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World Poets Series: Polish Poets in London

Thu 16 March @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southbank Centre – Poetry Library, Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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The Velveteen Rabbit

Fri 17 March @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on 19 March, 2017 at 2:00pm

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom
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REAL ISN’T HOW YOU ARE MADE. IT’S A THING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU. By Margery Williams Directed by Purni Morell ★★★★ ‘Utterly gripping...’ The Guardian ★★★★ ‘The children sat entranced’ Daily Mail ★★★★ 'A perfect show' WhatsOnStage ‘Graceful and inventive...The rapport is palpable, often to the giggling delight of the young audience members.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Makes a strong case for the importance and delight of imaginative play.’ New York Times There once was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he…

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Polish Perspectives: An Evening with Ewa Winnicka

Fri 17 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Rd London SW17 7BQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Join us on the 17th March at the wonderful White Eagle Club – the heart of Balham’s Polish community – for an evening of Polish writing and culture.

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Fitness in a Digital Age

Sat 18 March @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
SF Studios London, 5 Ella Mews, Cressy Road,
London, NW3 2NH United Kingdom
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Fitness in a Digital Age

Now that we’re all making a #fitspo to spread #motivation to our #fitfam, ‘Fitness in Our Digital Age’ will bring together some of the biggest stars in the fitness scene who have built dedicated followings on Instagram and blogs such as Fitness on Toast. In the tranquil setting of SF Studios, north London’s leading movement studio, we host a unique panel discussions featuring one of the most amazing line-ups including fitness expert Faya Nilsson, co-founder of LDN Muscle James Exton and…

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Partners in Crime

Sat 18 March @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Harlow Library, Cross Street Harlow CM20 1HA United Kingdom + Google Map

Tajemnica Domu Helclów (The Mystery of Helcel House) is a deliciously camp pastiche of a period crime story published by Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski under the name Maryla Szymiczkowa. The adventurers of their main protagonist, Mrs Szczupaczynska, often referred to as the Miss Marple of Polish crime fiction, will be shared with leading UK ‘partners in crime fiction’ Nicci French. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Meet the Neighbours Day in Harlow on Saturday 18 March. FESTIVAL 4…

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Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter: film screening at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Sun 19 March @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Rd, Kings Cross
London, NW1 2AR United Kingdom
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Harry Potter Screening

Grown up Potter fans, rejoice: London Book & Screen Week are putting on a Harry Potter film screening in partnership with the spellbinding St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Celebrate twenty years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in a setting straight out of Hogwarts. Dive right back in to the stories of your favourite witches and wizards faster than you can say ‘Portus’. Expect free popcorn on arrival and themed cocktails at the bar. Wands, wizarding…

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