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.

Donna Leon

Tuesday 4th April, 7.30pm

    Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers for her award winning Brunetti series, and we are proud  to welcome her to Ely to celebrate her latest book, Earthly Remains. In need of a break from the Questura,  Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to […] See more »


Madingley Hall Literary Dinner (in partnership with ICE)

Saturday 8th April, 6.30pm

We are teaming up with the Institute of Continuing Education and Madingley Hall to bring you a series of literary lunches, and the occasional literary dinner. These will consist of dinner and a glass of wine in Madingley Hall’s spectacular Dining Hall, and will be followed by a talk from one or more authors. We will […] See more »


Modern American Poetry Study Day Pt.2 – Ancients and Moderns

Sunday 9th April, 11am

This session of the second part of Robert’s Modern American Poetry study series has sold out. There are places still available for an alternative session of the second part on Sunday 23rd April; you can book for this session here. Following his first sell-out session, Robert Jones continues his three part introduction to modern American […] See more »


Reading Group: Riceyman Steps

Monday 10th April, 7.30pm

Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett After decades of neglect, Arnold Bennett is being rediscovered as one of the most consistent and entertaining novelists of his day. Exploring his life-long fascination with money and its uses, Riceyman Steps is an authentic picture of lower middle-class life in 1920s London, combining his skills of evocative scene-setting, clear […] See more »


Reading Group: The Gustav Sonata

Monday 10th April, 7.30pm

The Gustav Sonata – Rose Tremain. Rose Tremain amazes me. I haven’t always enjoyed her narratives, but I never cease to be awed by the breadth and depth of her subject matter, the fearlessness of her approach, and the sheer elegance of her writing. The Gustav Sonata exemplifies what she does so well: writing in a tone […] See more »


Rosamond Richardson

Tuesday 18th April, 7.30pm

Waiting for the Albino Dunnock is a novice birdwatcher’s exploration of the world of birds, written   with the freshness and passion of a convert.  The author is rooted in East Anglia, and  she descibes a year of encounters with  her local birds, as well as occasional journeys farther afield . But the experience of birdwatching is […] See more »


Modern American Poetry Study Day Pt.2 – Ancients and Moderns (SECOND SESSION)

Sunday 23rd April, 11am

This is the second date for the second part of Robert’s introduction to Modern American Poetry. Following his first sell-out session, Robert Jones continues his three part introduction to modern American Poetry by looking at the complex, varied and energetic poetic scene that flourished in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s. During […] See more »


Elizabeth Stazicker

Wednesday 26th April, 7.30pm

The Cambridge Record Society has produced a colour reprint in sixteen sheets of the original edition of Moore’s Mapp from the unique copy in the National Archives, together with a CD containing a digital copy of that edition and of the 1684 reprint by Moses Pitt and the 1706 reprint by Christopher Brown. Elizabeth Stazicker, […] See more »


Madeleine Shaw

Wednesday 3rd May, 7.30pm

In A Year Of Beautiful Eating, bestselling nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw shows you how to eat your way to health and beauty all year round. Madeleine focuses on the importance of eating in tune with nature and supercharging your plate with what your body needs to look and feel beautiful season by season. Toast […] See more »


Simon Thurley

Thursday 4th May, 7.10pm

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »