Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Tuesday 28th June, 7.30pm

Simon Armitage is that rare thing, a poet both critically acclaimed and popular; he is also prolific, having produced eleven volumes of poetry, two novels, several plays, a libretto and two non-fiction best-sellers. In recent years he has enhanced his reputation with his translations of Gawain and The Death of Arthur, breathing new life into […]

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Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Thursday 7th July, 7.30pm

Sarah Perry’s second novel, The Essex Serpent, has captivated those of us who have read it. Set against a vividly drawn backdrop of Victorian London and Essex, it is the story of  Cora Seaborne, an educated and fiercely independent widow and William Ransome, an  enlightened vicar whose parish is a small village on the Essex coast. It  explodes with […]

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July Reading Groups – The Outsider

Monday 11th July, 7.30pm

The Outsider by Albert Camus and The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. One of the 20th Century’s great cult books, Camus’ The Outsider retains its fascination as a classic study of alienation, examining the context and consequences of solitary anti-hero, Mersault’s meaningless murder of an Arab on an Algerian beach. Seventy years on, Kamel Daoud’s […]

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July Reading Groups – A Wild Sheep Chase

Monday 11th July, 7.30pm

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl with exquisite ears, a runaway friend, a right-wing politico, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, a sheep that […]

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Lucie Whitehouse

Monday 18th July, 7.30pm

Those who love Girl on the Train, The Good Liar and The Widow will love Keep You Close the thrilling new novel from acclaimed author Lucie Whitehouse, author of The House at Midnight, The Bed I Made and Before We Met. The brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered garden. They […]

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The Hairy Bikers are back

Tuesday 6th September, 7.30pm

When The Hairy Bikers arrived  last year for a fleeting afternoon visit, we all wished it could have been for longer – and now our wish has been granted! Si King and Dave Myers are back, this time in the glorious setting of Ely Cathedral, to celebrate another heart-warming and down-to-earth cookery book, perfect for all the family. […]

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Ben Macintyre

Ben MacIntyre on The SAS

Monday 26th September, 7.30pm

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small, undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines. Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave […]

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Margaret Atwood

Wednesday 12th October, 7.30pm

Come and spend an evening with the best-selling novelist Margaret Atwood this autumn as she discusses her new book, Hag-Seed, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Margaret’s novel take on this tale of enchantment, revenge and second chances is filled with  surprises and wonders of its own. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most […]

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