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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.

Reading Group – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Monday 13th January 2020, 7.30pm

Once the least read of the major Bronte novels, but now perhaps the most popular, Anne Bronte’s thrillingly atmospheric tale combines suspenseful mystery with a moving examination of the divergent paths that lead either to damnation, or salvation. See more »


Reading Group – Child of Nations

Monday 13th January 2020, 7.30pm

Child of All Nations by Irmgard Keun When she died at the age of 77 in 1982, Irmgard Keun left behind no memoirs. What she did leave, alongside a clutch of brilliant novels, was this delightful, harrowing account of her life between 1936 and 1940, in exile as an “immoral, anti-German” writer. This is at once a historical […] See more »


Martin Gayford

Wednesday 15th January 2020, 7.30pm

Renowned art critic Martin Gayford has travelled the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. His journeys have involved frustrations and complications as well as serendipitous encounters and plenty of surprises. From Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris to Gilbert & George in Beijing, from prehistoric cave art in France to the museum […] See more »


Jeremy Page

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30pm

New York to California is not what you might expect. Approaching middle-age, acclaimed novelist Jeremy Page feels the call of his ancestral East Anglian home. With an eccentric companion and an unexpected whippet, he traces a route through the Lincolnshire Fens and Norfolk coastline, searching for the essence of this liminal  landscape and enigmatic people.  […] See more »


Elly Griffiths

Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7.30pm

She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson […] See more »


Guinevere Glasfurd

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7.30pm

In 1815, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia brings ash and ice, ushering in strange storms and political turmoil. The old ways disappear and there is a hunger for justice and equality. The Year Without Summer is a worldwide canvas peopled by passionate individuals who long for a better future, each one brought to life in […] See more »


Tracey Thorn

Thursday 13th February 2020, 7.30pm

Before becoming an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living. Returning to the scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters, […] See more »


Natasha Pulley

Wednesday 11th March 2020, 7.30pm

It’s time to step back into the enchanting, mesmerising and unexpected world of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Natasha Pulley’s extraordinary sequel takes readers to Japan, where time, destiny and love collide to electrifying effect. Natasha, alumna of Soham Village College and UEA, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club […] See more »


Jim Kelly

Thursday 12th March 2020, 7.30pm

A lone German bomber crosses the East coast of Britain on a moonless night in the long hot summer of 1940. The pilot picks up the silver thread of a river and following it to his target, drops his bomb over Cambridge’s rail yards. The shell falls short of its mark, and lands in a […] See more »


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