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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.

October coronavirus update

We are following government guidance we are now running socially distanced events in line with government guidance. We’re still working hard to reschedule postponed events, and we will be touch to confirm new dates as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and support.

Reading Group – Staying On

Monday 9th November, 7.30pm

Staying On – Paul Scott By turns touching and hilarious, Scott’s popular bittersweet Booker-winner, tells of the eventful retirement of former British army officer Tusker Smalley and his wife Lily in a small Indian hill town. Both a subtle study of an enduring marriage and a sharp eyed look at the bizarre legacy of Empire, […] See more »


Reading Group – Leonard and Hungry Paul

Monday 9th November, 7.30pm

Leonard and Hungry Paul is a charming, warm-hearted celebration of all that is treasurable about everyday life, “stories of overlooked people who had simply lived their lives as best they could”. It’s witty, but the jokes, refreshingly, are never at anyone’s expense. See more »


Charles Spencer

Thursday 12th November, 7.30pm

Newly refitted, The White Ship sank near the Normandy coast on 25 November 1120. Three hundred souls drowned after the ship foundered on rocks. There was a single survivor. Amongst the dead was William Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of Henry I. His death led to a crisis of succession and a period […] See more »


An Evening with Matthew Parris

Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm

While presenting Great Lives on Radio 4, Matthew Parris noticed a trend in the lives of the exceptional people the programme covered: many of them had been marked by extreme trauma and deprivation. This is the theme of  Fracture: Stories of How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma, which explores the surprising connection between trauma and greatness through vivid […] See more »


Reading Group – Devices and Desires

Monday 14th December, 7.30pm

Devices and Desires by P. D. James    Set round a remote stretch of Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, Devices and Desires is perhaps the richest and most complex of P. D. James’ great series of Adam Dalgleish mysteries. Not only a gripping mystery, but a haunting depiction of a small community at war with itself, […] See more »


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