A highlight of the Picador calendar, the 2018 Picador Showcase was compèred by award-winning author of This Is Going to Hurt Adam Kay and included appearances from authors Jim Crace, Tim Winton and Matthew Sweet and from debut novelists AJ Pearce and Olivia Laing. 

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, recent acquisition John Cooper Clarke and Kate Clanchy and the young poets from Oxford Spires Academy performed for a delighted audience, with Kate Tempest sharing a preview of one of the poems from her forthcoming collection, Running Upon the Wires in an exclusive video.

Here are just a few of the highlights from a (snowy) evening at London's Mail Rail venue at The Postal Museum.  

Picador Publisher Paul Baggaley introduces the authors and poets. 

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Tim Winton's sent a video message from Australia and read an extract from new book The Shepherd's Hut, which is published on 28th June 2018. Poets Kate Tempest, whose new collection Running Upon the Wires will be published on 20th September and new Picador poet Jericho Brown, whose collection debut UK collection The New Testament will be published in July also sent video messages. Author of short story collection How To Love a Jamaican Alexia Arthurs shared a reading from one of the stories in the collection in an exclusive video. 

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Olivia Laing reads an extract from her first novel, Crudo, which is published in hardback and ebook in July 2018. Find out more about Crudo here.

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Jim Crace introduces his new novel, The Melody, which is published in hardback and ebook now. Find out more about the book in this piece by Jim's editor, Sophie Jonathan.

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Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy shares a poem from her new collection, Sincerity, which publishes in hardback on 4th October 2018. 

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Mukahang Limbu and Sophie Dunsby, talented young poets from Oxford Spires Academy, with Picador poet and teacher Kate Clanchy. Mukahang and Sophie's poetry will feature in anthology England: Poems from a School, (edited by Kate Clanchy) which publishes in hardback, ebook and audiobook on 14th June 2018. 

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AJ Pearce shares the story of how she came to write her debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, a heartwarming and hilarious tale of friendship set in London during the Blitz. 

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Matthew Sweet introduces his new book Operation Chaos, the largely unknown story of a group of US military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War. Operation Chaos is published in hardback and ebook on 8th March.

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Nell Stevens, author of runaway 2017 success Bleaker House, shares an extract from her forthcoming book Mrs Gaskell and Me. 

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The legendary John Cooper Clarke entertains with a poem from his first poetry collection in 37 years; which Picador will publish in hardback, ebook and audio on 1st November 2018. John Cooper Clarke's autobiography will be published by Picador in Autumn 2019. 

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(l-r) Nell Stevens, Picador Senior Commissioning Editor Sophie Jonathan and Jim Crace. 

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The Picador Poets: (l-r) Poetry Publisher Don Paterson, poet Kate Clanchy, Mukahang Limbu, Sophie Dunsby, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and John Cooper Clarke

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