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Ely Events and Reading Groups

In this atmospheric medieval city, just over an hour from London by train, author events range from reading groups and intimate salons in the bookshop to the drama of performances under the world-renowned Octagon of Ely Cathedral. We hold events all year round, but in the autumn there is a special focus on the Ely Literary Festival.

CANCELLED: Madeleine Shaw

Wednesday 3rd May, 7.30pm

This event has sadly been cancelled. If you have booked tickets we will be contacting you as soon as possible. **Please note that the venue for this event is now Ely Library** In A Year Of Beautiful Eating, bestselling nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw shows you how to eat your way to health and beauty […] See more »


Simon Thurley

Thursday 4th May, 7.30pm

Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley’s thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how the great Tudor monarchs actually lived. Far more than simply an architectural history – a study of private life as well […] See more »


Modern American Poetry Study Day 3

Sunday 7th May, 11am

Third Session, First Date. ‘Things As They Are’ Robert Jones concludes his three-part introduction to American poetry by looking at the bewildering diversity of poetic styles that flourish in the United States in the present day. Beginning with the Beats’ revolt against social and literary convention, the explosion of vibrant local scenes in major cities from […] See more »


Professor A.C. Grayling

Monday 15th May, 7.30pm

Once again we welcome Professor A.C. Grayling  to Ely to celebrate his latest book War: An Enquiry.  In this  original and deeply considered work  Grayling examines, tests and challenges the concept of war, proposing that a deeper understanding of it might enable us to reduce its frequency, mitigate its horrors and lessen the burdens of its consequences. Professor […] See more »


The Life (& Dinners) of Queen Victoria with Dr. Annie Gray

Wednesday 24th May, 7.30pm

 We are delighted to welcome Annie Gray, resident food historian on Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, broadcaster and writer, to celebrate the publication of The Greedy Queen, which tells the story of Queen Victoria through the history of her food, the kitchens it was prepared in and the men and women who cooked it. From her early diet, restricted and […] See more »


James Runcie

Tuesday 6th June, 7.30pm

It is May 1971 and the Cambridgeshire countryside is bursting into summer. Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in a bluebell wood with his daughter Anna and their ageing Labrador Byron when they stumble upon a body. Plunged into another murder investigation, Sidney discovers a world of hippies and psychedelic plants, where permissive behaviour seems to […] See more »


Modern American Poetry Study Day 3

Sunday 11th June, 11am

Third Session, Second Date – this is the repeat of the session first held on May 7th. ‘Things As They Are‘: Robert Jones concludes his three-part introduction to American poetry by looking at the bewildering diversity of poetic styles that flourish in the United States in the present day. Beginning with the Beats’ revolt against social […] See more »


Reading Group – The Pot of Gold and Other Plays

Monday 12th June, 7.30pm

The exuberant works of the ancient Roman dramatist Plautus, with their cheerful bawdy humour, clever plotting and engaging stock characters stand at the core of the western theatrical tradition, providing direct inspiration for Shakespeare, Frankie Howerd and a lot of people in between. See more »


Reading Group – The Essex Serpent

Monday 12th June, 7.30pm

One of the most exciting novels of 2016, The Essex Serpent is a glorious celebration of Victorian England. Cora Seagrave, a young widow with an interest in science hears of the fabled Essex Serpent,  and is drawn to the village of Aldwinter to investigate. Beautifully written and generous in its examination of its characters’ foibles […] See more »


Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Wednesday 14th June, 7.30pm

Polly Toynbee and David Walker have travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians. This book is your chance to hear their side of the story. The story they tell is one of dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented […] See more »


An Evening with Mark Billingham, and introducing Mark Hill

Monday 19th June, 7.30pm

Mark Billingham is one of our most enduringly popular crime writers: celebrated for both his thrilling series featuring Tom Thorne and his standalone fiction. Love Like Blood is a thrilling new instalment in the story of Tom Thorne, as he battles to uncover the sinister motives surrounding the death of a colleague’s beloved partner. Surrounded by […] See more »


Local Author Stephen Joyce

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm

Maxwell Anderson is born fighting for his life; an experimental treatment gives him the chance to survive – but with unexpected results. His unusual condition makes him an outcast from his local community and attracts attention from the British Government, sinister international agencies and religious fanatics. Maxwell’s father, Mark, suffers personal tragedy, betrayal and heartbreak, […] See more »


*DATE CHANGED* An Evening with the Scummy Mummies

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED, DUE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION. THE SCUMMY MUMMIES WILL NOW BE WITH US ON THURSDAY 22ND JUNE** We are delighted to welcome the self-titled Scummy Mummies, Helen Thorne and Ellie Gibson, to Ely: their wildly popular podcasts have been sanity-saving for thousands of less than perfect parents […] See more »


An Evening with Sir Tony Robinson

Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career spanning over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, No Cunning Plan, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon […] See more »


An Evening with Robert Webb

Wednesday 13th September, 7.30pm

Part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the award-winning and hilariously funny Robert Webb, How Not to be a Boy promises to be an exceptional and even game-changing book. Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from […] See more »