Shoreditch literati institution Literary Death Match is breaking with convention and going west for the first ever First Direct Dialogue Festival, a four-day talking shop featuring debate, banter and storytelling, all in celebration of the art of conversation. Literary Death Match will be doing their bit for the spoken word from the snazzy members’ club Under the Westway (the clue’s in the name) on Wednesday 2 November as part of the first day of the festival. Curated by book-clubbing comedian Robin Ince and dedicated to debate, LDM will be no exception, as the pugnacious panel game pits feisty young writers against one another in a beat-the-clock book slam. Vying for the title of victor this week will be John Osborne (‘Radio Head’), Jacques Strauss (‘The Dubious Salvation of Jack V’), Fringe First winner Ella Hickson (‘Eight’), and novella-ist Olumide Popoola (‘This is Not About Sadness’). On the sofa of judgement will sit: critic/author/journalist Ekow Eshun (‘Black Gold of the Sun’), poet/illustrator/performer Laura Dockrill and Neil Denny, voice of the Little Atoms radio show. Place your bets now. Kirsty McQuire
For info, see literarydeathmatch.com.