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Spend an evening with Stacey Abrams, aka one of the world's most inspiring women

It takes a special person to endure a crushing political defeat then return to the spotlight to improve the system for others. But that's exactly what American lawyer, entrepreneur and politician Stacey Abrams did in 2018, when she lost a hard-fought gubernatorial race in Georgia by just 55,000 votes. Determined to fight voter suppression, Abrams helped mobilise voters in unprecedented numbers in the 2020 election, paving the way for Joe Biden's presidency with a historic Democratic victory in Georgia.

What many people don't know about Abrams, though, is that she's also an award-winning novelist. Under her nom de plume Selena Montgomery, she's authored eight romance novels and two non-fiction books. Now, she's publishing fiction under her own name for the first time. Tonight, Abrams will be discussing her debut thriller While Justice Sleeps – the story of a young legal clerk in Washington DC who's mysteriously given power of attorney over the life of a Supreme Court justice – with fellow New York Times bestselling novelist Karin Slaughter, in a virtual event hosted by Fane. Seeing as the TV rights for While Justice Sleeps have already been snapped up, this is your opportunity to get the inside scoop. 26 May, 7.30pm; £10

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Factor this free neon-filled exhibition into your weekend plans

If you've ever been to Walthamstow, you'll probably have paid a visit to God's Own Junkyard. The gloriously eccentric warehouse (with accompanying cafe-bar) is filled to the brim with shimmering technicolour neon signs, making it a bona fide north-east London tourist destination. But if E17 is a bit of a trek, you can now see the best of God's Own Junkyard at a new exhibition in central London.

The venue's late founder Chris Bracey began his career making signs for nightclubs and casinos, eventually channelling his talents into film – creating unique works for productions such as Blade Runner, Tomb Raider and Eyes Wide Shut. These dazzlingly vibrant pieces will be dotted around the covered Leadenhall Market near Bank (a famous film setting in its own right). "We've spent around 40 years working on film sets," says God's Own Junkyard owner Linda Bracey. "There are so many items and anecdotes that haven't yet seen the light of day." Meander through cobbled walkways and catch light-up snippets of classic Hollywood scenes. We don't know about you, but that sounds like our ideal Sunday. 26 June-31 July; free; Gracechurch St, London EC3V

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