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Hear Chris Rid­dell talk chil­dren’s books, Bet­tany Hughes de­scribe Is­tan­bul’s many in­car­na­tions and Steve Richards on po­lit­i­cal out­siders, all at the Brid­port lit­er­ary fes­ti­val. The Elec­tric Palace, South Street, Brid­port. £5-10.


The Taun­ton lit­er­ary fes­ti­val de­mys­ti­fies “the writ­ing process and get­ting pub­lished: the ex­pe­ri­ence of three women nov­el­ists, Sonja Price, Kate Lord Brown and Jenny Kane”. Bren­don Books, Bath Place, Taun­ton, 6.30pm. £5. taunton­lit­er­aryfes­ti­


Get your shop­ping sorted early: Matt Haig will be sign­ing copies of his Christ­mas tril­ogy, A Boy Called Christ­mas, The Girl Who Saved Christ­mas and Father Christ­mas and Me. Water­stones, 15 Coney Street, York, 4pm. Free. water­


Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter alumna Adele Parks de­scribes “my path to be­com­ing a best­selling nov­el­ist” at Lit­er­ary Le­ices­ter. Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter, 7pm. Free but tick­eted.­er­aryle­ices­ter.

Michael Frayn dis­cusses his new book Pocket Play­house, his plays, books and more. Duke Street church, Rich­mond TW9, 7.30pm. £10-12. rich­mondlit­er­a­

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