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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.


Brian Bilston

Wednesday 6th December, 7.30pm

It's that time of year again . . .With his signature wit, Brian Bilston returns with And So This is Christmas, fifty-one poems in celebration of …

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Reading Group

Tuesday 12th December, 7.30pm

Enter a dizzying world of stories within stories, genres within genres, novels within novels, as you turn the opening pages of If on a Winters Night …

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Reading Group

Tuesday 12th December, 7.30pm

The venomous lumpsucker is the most intelligent fish on the planet. Or maybe it was the most intelligent fish on the planet. Because it might have …

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Mary Beard

Thursday 11th January, 7.30pm

World-renowned classicist Mary Beard returns to Ely Cathedral for her latest book, Emperor of Rome, a sweeping account of the social and political world of the …

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Michael Rosen

Wednesday 7th February, 7.30pm

In our lives, terrible things may happen. Michael Rosen has grieved the loss of a child, lived with debilitating chronic illness, and faced death itself when …

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Lorraine Kelly

Friday 16th February, 7.30pm

Lorraine Kelly is a Scottish television presenter, journalist and author, best known for her ITV show, Lorraine. The Island Swimmer is her fiction debut, inspired by …

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Hollie McNish

Tuesday 12th March, 7.30pm

After a run of sold out shows up and down the UK, poet Hollie McNish is back with a brand new book, Lobster and other things …

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