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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 events 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.

Dr Annie Gray

Friday 3rd December, 7.30pm

Join us for a Christmas evening with festive refreshments and live food preparation as we begin to celebrate everything that’s brilliant about our favourite time of the year. And right now, it’s what we all need!! For many people Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a turkey and trimmings, pudding and brandy butter. But where do […] See more »


Simon Thurley and Palaces of Revolution

Thursday 9th December, 7.30pm

‘This is a landmark book. Nobody interested in Tudor England can afford not to own a copy of this gateway into a lost world … compulsively readable’ Country Life The story of the Stuart dynasty is a breathless soap opera played out in just a hundred years in an array of buildings that span Europe […] See more »


Reading Group: Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert & Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

Tuesday 14th December, 7.30pm

At the end of his bi-centenary year, celebrate one of the greatest masters of fictional prose by investigating the three tantalising poetic novellas he produced towards the end of his life, followed by Julian Barnes’ characteristically elegant and provocative novel about a comically frustrated quest to disentangle Flaubertian fact from fabrication. See more »


Reading Group: D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber

Tuesday 14th December, 7.30pm

From the author of the wonderful The Crimson Petal and the White comes a novel “that will be found and enjoyed and dreamed about for years to come. A celebration of friendship, courage and imagination inspired by Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Wizard of Oz“. So says Neil Gaiman, and he […] See more »


A Winter Evening with Ruby Wax

Monday 10th January 2022, 7.30pm

Bestselling author and comedian, Ruby Wax, uses her iconic wit and expertise to equip readers with a positive roadmap for a kinder, brighter world and better mental health. As we begin to see the green shoots of a post-pandemic world, Ruby Wax’s clever and witty And Now for the Good News is the blueprint we all need […] See more »


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