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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.

Coronavirus update

We’re working to postpone all events until the end of August. When we’re able to reopen the bookshop, we will email or text all those who have booked for each event to advise them of new dates. Thank you for bearing with us!

Robert Harris

Sunday 13th September, 7.30pm

Victory is close … On the brink of defeat, Hitler commissioned 10,000 V2s – ballistic rockets that carried a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound, which he believed would win the war. Dr Rudi Graf who, along with his friend Werner von Braun, had once dreamt of sending a rocket to the […] See more »

Charles Spencer

Tuesday 15th September, 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 »

Ken Follett

Wednesday 23rd September, 7.30pm

The epic story that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will […] See more »

Sarah Perry

Wednesday 14th October, 7.30pm

Sarah Perry, best-selling author of the Essex Serpent,  re-examines her relationship with her much maligned home county. She summons its most unquiet spirits, from Protestant martyr Rose Allin to the indomitable Abolitionist Anne Knight, sitting them alongside Audre Lorde, Kim Kardashian and Harriet Martineau, and shows us that the Essex girl is not bound by geography. […] 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 »

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