One year after a cardiac arrest left him fighting for his life, Glenn Hoddle is planning a run of events where he'll speak about his glittering football career in front of a live audience. The last of these shows, on January 21, takes place at Alexandra Palace.
This standalone take on comic books' most compelling character is daring, thrilling, unexpected, ghastly and probably the last thing the world needs right now. Well, it's another bloody origins tale, isn't it?
Brenda Kapowitz is living any parent's absolute worst nightmare. A single mother to Matthew and Jason, she's doing her best to maintain a career and hold her fragile family life together in the face of intense media scrutiny and a colossal feeling of guilt. Matthew is, after all, under house-arrest on suspicion of committing a heinous act.
Most of us regard Kings Place as the home of two concert halls. What's not often realised is that it's also a temple of words, and that the London Podcast Festival - which it annually hosts - is the beating heart of this new spoken-word art form.
David Tobin is in a reflective mood. "In an age where digital information proliferates," he is saying, "we have found it is still possible to make a living selling carefully-selected, good quality and in-the-main inexpensive books."