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Suffolk Book League was founded in 1982 and has introduced a varied programme of novelists, historians, poets, journalists, biographers, MPs and social commentators to speak in Suffolk. Our honorary president is Dame Margaret Drabble. An article about the origins of the charity can be read here.

Past speakers have included Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain, Brian Keenan, Alexander McCall Smith, Doris Lessing, PD James, Louis de Bernieres, Sarah Waters and David Starkey to name but a few. A selection of our past speakers with links to their websites, writing and biographies can be viewed via the link below.

Click here for a list of Past Speakers

The Suffolk Book League events calendar also includes study days, trips to places of literary interest, quizzes and joint meetings with local literary festivals.

We also publish a quarterly magazine for our members, BookTalk, and enthusiastically support the bi-annual New Angle Literary Prize.

The Suffolk Book League was also involved in the sponsorship of Literary Suffolk, a booklet showcasing Suffolk’s literary heritage. Be sure to let us know if you have any other local literary-related stories of interest to share.

We are grateful to the following Suffolk organisations for their support: The Ipswich Institute, Gotelee Solicitors and Woodbridge Emporium.

The SBL is a registered charity (number 296783), the aim of which is to promote, encourage, foster or strengthen by all and every suitable means the habit of reading and the wider and more general distribution of books, by and among all people. We are involved in various community projects such as Got to Read, Summer Reads, Schools Mastermind Competition, World Book Day/Night, supporting one-to-one reading with young offenders at Warren Heath Prison, Short Story Competitions and hosting book launches for local writers such as the “Girl Reading” by Katie Ward.

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