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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.

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George's Bakery

Tuesday 28th May, 7.30pm

From East Anglia sensation George's Bakery comes Rebel Bakes - a joyful celebration of all things sweet.In Rebel Bakes you'll find over 80 mouth-watering recipes. From …

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Christos Tsiolkas

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to welcome Christos Tsiolkas, the bestselling author of The Slap and 7 1/2 for his latest novel, The In-Between.'It's been a long time …

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Bridget Walsh

Thursday 30th May, 7.30pm

East-Anglia author Bridget Walsh joins us upon the launch of The Innocents, another fantastically gritty Victorian crime novel from the author of The Tumbling Girl .The …

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Three Dads Walking

Monday 3rd June, 7.30pm

Mike Palmer from Greater Manchester, Andy Airey from Cumbria, and Tim Owen from Norfolk, known as 3 Dads Walking, all lost their daughters to suicide. They …

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Clare Mulley

Tuesday 4th June, 7.30pm

Historian Clare Mulley returns to Ely to shre the incredible story of Elzbieta Zawacka, the WW2 female resistance fighter known as Agent Zo.Agent Zo was the …

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Ian Moore

Thursday 6th June, 7.30pm

Acclaimed comedian and bestselling author Ian Moore joins us for the latest Follet Valley Mystery, Death in le Jardin.On the surface, Richard Ainsworth has life where …

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Sarah Perry

Thursday 13th June, 7.30pm

Sarah Perry, beloved author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth, returns in 2024 with her finest novel to date, Enlightenment. Described by Sean Hewitt as a …

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Tim Hayward joined by Annie Gray

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm

The essential reference for steak lovers. An encyclopaedic yet accessible journey through the world of chefs, farmers, butchers and restaurants, Steak is the essential guide for …

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Sarah Vowles on Michelangelo

Wednesday 26th June, 7.30pm

Tracing the final 30 years of Michelangelo's career, curator Sarah Vowles examines how the great master used art and faith to explore the common human experience …

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Max Hastings

Wednesday 3rd July, 7.30pm

Leading historian Max Hastings returns to Ely for his latest book, Operation Biting.Operation Biting was one of the most thrilling British commando raids of World War …

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Donna Leon

Monday 15th July, 7.30pm

Commissario Guido Brunetti returns with a gripping and powerful case about the murkiness of power and a test of loyalties.When two teenage gangs are arrested after …

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Robert Harris

Wednesday 28th August, 7.30pm

Bestselling author Robert Harris returns to Ely for his new thrilling novel, Precipice.It is summer, 1914. The world is on the brink of catastrophe.In London, 26-year-old …

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Her Honour Wendy Joseph, KC

Thursday 5th September, 7.30pm

Her Honour Wendy Joseph KC, Old Bailey judge and author of Unlawful Killings, returns with Rough Justice: Do we have the Law we Deserve?Rough Justice skilfully …

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Doon Mackichan

Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm

Doon Mackichan is best known for her comedy characters in the hugely popular Brass Eye, Smack the Pony and Toast of London – but throughout her …

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Amy Jeffs

Wednesday 23rd October, 7.30pm

From Amy Jeffs, bestselling author of Storyland and Wild, comes Saints, a sweeping new legendary of miracles, magic, human frailty and heroic strength, illustrated with over …

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