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Brian Pat­ten cel­e­brates 50 Years of The Mersey Sound at Bewd­ley book week. St Ge­orge’s Hall, off Load Street, Bewd­ley, Worces­ter­shire, 7.30pm. £12. be­wd­ley­book­


Writer, poet and dis­abil­ity rights ac­tivist Penny Pep­per dis­cusses her can­did mem­oir, First in the World Some­where,

with co­me­dian and writer Francesca Mar­tinez. Royal Fes­ti­val Hall, Lon­don SE1, 7.30pm. £10. south­bank­cen­


The five-day Budleigh Sal­ter­ton fes­ti­val be­gins in venues around the Devon town, with au­thors in­clud­ing Hi­lary Man­tel, Philip Hoare, David Crys­tal and Alas­tair Saw­day . £8-12. budl­it­


To­day’s events at the in­ter­na­tional Agatha Christie fes­ti­val in Torquay in­clude Christie’s first of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­pher, Janet Mor­gan, in con­ver­sa­tion at Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay, 4pm. Adult day tick­ets £25.


Clare Bald­ing ap­pears at this week­end’s Chiswick book fes­ti­val, dis­cussing her chil­dren’s book, The Race­horse Who Dis­ap­peared. St Michael & All An­gels Church, Bath Road, Lon­don W4, 5pm. £4. chiswick­book­fes­ti­

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