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.

Wine tasting with Oz Clarke

Tuesday 28th November, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to welcome Oz Clarke back to the Ely Literary Festival, for an evening of wine tasting and chat. Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer. He is the author of a collection of bestselling and award-winning wine books and his BBC appearances, […] See more »


An evening of poetry to celebrate Christmas

Tuesday 5th December, 7.30pm

Start your Christmas festivities by joining us for an evening of seasonal poetry and readings from Wendy Cope, Lachlan Mackinnon and Simon Rae.  Wendy will be sharing treasures from her volume, Christmas Poems, which gathers together anthology favourites with new and unpublished work, and Simon Rae will be reading from the Faber Book of Christmas, a beautiful collection […] See more »


Professor Norman Davies

Thursday 7th December, 7.30pm

Norman Davies was for many years Professor of History at The University of London, and the author of best-selling Vanished Kingdoms. Beneath another Sky is his account of the places he visited on his circumnavigation of the globe and the history he found there, from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, the settlement of Tasmania to the short-lived Republic of […] See more »


Reading Group – The Code of the Woosters

Monday 11th December, 7.30pm

P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters Bertie’s efforts to obtain an antique cow creamer for his aunt Dahlia land him in the centre of a dense and seething set of romantic and criminal intrigues, pitting him against underwear salesman and  would be Fascist dictator Roderick Spode and his entourage of lunatic Black Shorts. […] See more »


Reading Group

Monday 11th December, 7.30pm

Ali Smith – Autumn Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever . . . ‘In a […] See more »


Tom Kerridge

Thursday 1st February 2018, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome back to Ely the wonderful Tom Kerridge, to talk about his brilliant new recipe book, Lose Weight for Good: Full-flavour cooking for a low-calorie diet. Tom has been developing top recipes for nearly three decades and knows how to make things taste good. He also understands how much willpower it […] See more »