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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 in March, April and May. 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!

Susie Steiner

Tuesday 9th June, 7.30pm

The dead cannot speak. The body of a young man is found hanging from a tree in Cambridgeshire. A note is attached, its stark four-word message striking and cold. Was it murder? Was it suicide? Was he silenced, or driven to end his own life? By turns warm and witty, heartbreaking and uplifting, Susie Steiner’s […] See more »


James Boyce

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm

This land, this Fen country… Between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period, and after centuries of resistance, the community of the Fenland people was destroyed. An innovative take on the drainage of the Fens, Imperial Mud upends the narrative of technological progress over nature, re-imagining not just the history of the Fens, but the history […] See more »


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

Legend has it that the ship was doomed because priests had noted “unnatural practices” on The White Ship… 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 […] 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 »


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