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. bewdleybookweek.org.uk.
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. southbankcentre.co.uk.
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. budlitfest.org.uk.
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. iacf-uk.org.
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. chiswickbookfestival.net.