Suffolk Book League Speakers for 2019

All events will be held in the Reading Room of the Ipswich Institute 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3A. Doors open – 7pm. Events start at 7.30pm.

Pop-up bookshop courtesy of Woodbridge Emporium

Zoe Gilbert
Thursday February 21st

Zoe Gilbert is a fiction writer based in London. In 2014 she won the Costa Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals. Her debut novel Folk was published by Bloomsbury in 2018. Zoe is also working on a Phd in Fiction and Creative Writing

Linda Davies
Wednesday 13th March

Linda Davies has been an investment banker, has lived in Peru and the Middle East and was kidnapped in Iran. Her fiction for adults includes Nest of Vipers, Wilderness of Mirrors, Into The Fire, Something Wild and Final Settlement.

Melissa Harrison
Thursday April 4th

Melissa Harrison’s third novel, All Among The Barley, was published to critical acclaim in 2018. Her second, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year award, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was book a Book of the Year in The Telegraph.

Tessa Hadley
Thursday May 16th

Tessa Hadley has written six novels: Accidents in the Home, Everything Will be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train and Clever Girl. Her latest novel, The Past, won the Hawthornden Prize in 2016. Her next novel, Late in the Day, will be published on February 14th. She teaches at Bath Spa University.

Alex Pheby
Monday 10th June

Alex Pheby’s first novel was Grace. His third novel, Lucia, published by Galley Beggar Press in June 2018, takes the reader inside the darkness of Lucia Joyce – gifted dancer, lover of Samuel Beckett, daughter of James – who spent her last thirty years in an asylum.

Haydn Middleton
Thursday 11th July

Haydn Middleton is the author of six novels and numerous books for children. He also publishes as Haydn Kaye. He has lectured in history. His new novel is The Ballad of Syd and Morgan Its about 22 year old Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, and the great Edwardian novelist, 89 year old E.M.Forster.

Rebecca Stott
Thursday 12th September

Rebecca Stott is a novelist and historian. She is a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her eleven books include three non-fiction history of science books. Her 2017 memoir, In the Days of Rain, tells of her experience growing up in a separatist fundamentalist Christian cult.

Mark Cocker
Thursday 10th October

Mark Cocker is a British author, naturalist, journalist and lecturer. His eight books have dealt with modern responses to the wild, whether found in landscape, human societies or in other species. His latest book, Our Place, is about humans’ effect on wildlife.

Fiona Sampson
Thursday 14th November

Fiona Sampson is an internationally acclaimed scholar, editor, poet, biographer and translator as well as a musician. Common Prayer and Rough Music were shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize. In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein was released 200 years after the publication of Frankenstein in 2018.

Sir Nicholas Young
Wednesday 11th December

Sir Nicholas Young was, until 2014, CEO of the British Red Cross. Escaping with his Life tells the story of his father’s WW2 experiences at Dunkirk, in the Commandos, and in North Africa, and then his escape from an Italian POW camp. His book is a labour of love, an adventure story and a sign of gratitude to the Italian people who risked their lives to help during the escape.

Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified):

  • Members: £4
  • Non-Members: £8*
  • Students: Free (on production of a valid student card)

* If you become a member at an event you will receive a refund of £4.

Tickets: Can be bought on the door at the event. But if you’d like to reserve tickets in advance, please email Non-members can purchase tickets up to one calendar month before the event. Members can reserve tickets for events at any time throughout the year.

Time: Unless otherwise stated, all events begin at 7:30pm with doors open from 7:00pm.

Location: The Ipswich Institute, Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA

We’re like a year-long literary festival. The SBL is a quite a unique organisation and we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys our events. If you like literary festivals, you’ll love us! Most importantly, you don’t need to have read anything by our speakers in order to attend their event.

We welcome you to join us for complimentary tea and coffee throughout the evening, and we always encourage a Q&A with the speakers, so have your questions ready! Our speakers are always happy to sign your copies of their books, new or old.

Our pop-up Woodbridge Emporium bookshop is always in attendance. If you would like them to bring any particular books along or if you would like to order a book for delivery to a meeting, please don’t hesitate to give them a call on 01394 382382. All orders placed with Woodbridge Emporium will receive a minimum of 10% discount.