Past events

Author visits to Woodbridge

For Browsers, Catherine Larner organises author talks and book launches ranging from intimate gatherings of around 30 guests to large evening events with capacity audiences of more than 250 people. Recent guest authors have included Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Kate Mosse and Deborah Moggach as well as Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger and antiques expert, Judith Miller.

In 2008 Catherine was the Artistic Director for the first Children’s Book Festival in Woodbridge, Suffolk, in association with Browsers Bookshop. There were four days of activities for children of all ages, and their parents. Many sessions were free and all were creatively run to ensure full interaction, participation and engagement throughout the community. Leading authors (including Philip Reeve, Nick Butterworth, Kevin Crossley-Holland and Meg Rosoff) presented at venues throughout the town. Supplementing the headline speakers there were launches of new books and authors, story playtimes for toddlers, a children’s comedian, storytelling trails around the town led by members of local amateur dramatic groups, and a dogwalking storytime by the river. It was an ambitious and varied programme which was professionally run and well-attended, creating a genuine excitement throughout the town.

Recent events

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Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 7.30pm

Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the very distant past, as she trawls the Suffolk coastline near her home: mammoth bones, two million years old shells, a flint sharpened into a weapon.

Her new book brings many of these stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5000 BC.

Fragments from Julia's own life feature alongside a series of eighteen ‘songs’ and stories about the places and people she meets in her quest to get closer to an understanding of Doggerland.

She sees the footprints of early humans fossilised in the soft mud of an estuary alongside the scattered pockmarks made by rain falling eight thousand years ago. She visits a cave where the remnants of a Neanderthal meal have turned to stone. In Denmark she sits beside Tollund Man who seems to be about to wake from a dream, even though he has lain in a peat bog since the start of the Iron Age.

This is a stunning book and Julia is a fascinating speaker. Come and meet her at Browsers Bookshop. Tickets are £25 to include a copy of Time Song (RRP £25) or £10 without.

Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 7.30pm

Please note that the venue for this evening has been changed. We will now be meeting Elly at Woodbridge Library.

The best-selling crime writer, Elly Griffiths will be returning to Woodbridge to introduce her latest book in the series about Dr Ruth Galloway, the Norfolk-based forensic archaeologiist.

'The Stone Circle' is the 11th book and fans of the series will be eager to learn of the latest development in the relationship between Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson. For those new to Elly's books, there's no need to start at the beginning, because each novel stands alone - though once you've tried them, you WILL want to read all of them!

In 'The Stone Circle', Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are forced to think back to when they met as they are both reminded of their first case, recounted in 'The Crossing Places'. Nelson receives anonymous letters that seem strangely familiar, and Ruth working on a dig in the Saltmarsh uncovers bones of a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago, and learns of events resembling that of Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn't save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly...

Elly is a fabulous speaker as well as a terrific crime writer, with a wicked sense of humour. Don't miss this opportunity to meet her!

Tickets £18 to include a copy of ‘The Stone Circle’ (RRP£18.99), or £10 without. Tel 01394 388890

Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 1.00pm

The bestselling novelist will be joining us at Woodbridge Library to introduce her new book 'Once Upon a River’, a beautiful, atmospheric and compelling gothic mystery set along the river Thames.

Diane is best known for her debut ‘The Thirteenth Tale’, a dark and haunting novel which was adapted for television, starring Olivia Coleman and Vanessa Redgrave. It was published in 38 countries and sold more than three million copies.

Visiting us at lunchtime, ahead of her official promotional tour, copies of the book will be released early especially for us. Tickets including a copy of the book cost £15.

Friday 7th December 2018 at 7.30pm
Friday 30th November 2018 at 7.30pm

The acclaimed artist and sculptor, Maggi Hambling CBE will be talking about 'A Suffolk Eye', a beautifully produced celebration of the work of Harry Hambling, Maggi's father.

Harry started painting when he retired from his job at the bank in Hadleigh, and his pictures are stunning.

"Our jaded eyes are jolted into action by the purity of his vision," says Maggi.

Tickets are £22 to include a copy of the book, signed by Maggi. Tickets without the book are £12.

Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.30pm

The Suffolk Sandlings, the strip of coastline from Lowestoft to Felixstowe, is an area unusually rich in military archaeology.

It was in the frontline of Britain’s defences against invasion during WWII, and the setting for nationally important exercises in the lead up to the D-Day landings.

Historians Rob Liddiard and David Sims will introduce this fascinating, illustrated study and discuss their investigation into the wartime landscape.

Tickets are £20 to include a copy of the book (RRP£18.99) or £10 without the book.

Dan Snow
Monday 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm

Dan Snow is a historian, BAFTA-winning broadcaster and television presenter. He lives and breathes history and believes passionately that we overlook it at our peril: “In a world of fake news, cuts to history education and politicians spouting fiction, there has never been a more important time to tell the true history of the world. This is why I want to engage a new generation of enthusiasts with this book.” Tickets available from Browsers Bookshop and The Riverside Cinema, £22 to include a copy of the book (RRP £14.99) which will be presented on the night. One additional ticket, with no book, can be purchased for £15.

Kate Humble
Friday 9th November 2018 at 7.30pm

Taking a daily walk has become as essential as that first cup of tea for tv presenter, Kate Humble.
Introducing her new book, ‘Thinking on My Feet’, Kate will share the story of her walking year - the routes she’s taken, people she’s met, the problems solved, the inspiration gained, her thoughts and feelings while enjoying the landscape. Kate is one of the UK’s best-known and much-loved broadcasters, and the familiar face for BBC’s 'Springwatch' and 'Back to the Land’. Tickets are £22 to include a copy of ‘Thinking on My Feet’, presented on the evening. (One additional ticket, without the book, can be purchased at £15.) Available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL. Tel: 01394 388890

Friday 14th September 2018 at 7.30pm

After the triumph that was ‘A Place Called Winter’, Patrick is once again inspired by family life, this time his own boyhood, for ‘Take Nothing With You’. This new book explores the life of 10-year-old Eustace, an only child growing up by the sea, with a passion for the cello, and discovering complicated relationships. There’ll be music, laughter and conversation. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this much-loved novelist. Tickets £23 include a copy of 'Take Nothing With You'. One further ticket can be purchased for £15. Call 01394 388890

Read Catherine's interview with Patrick Gale here.

Sarah Langford
Saturday 8th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Sarah Langford is a barrister. She sees people at their worst, and at their most vulnerable. It is her job to tell their story to the court.

'In Your Defence' is a stunning account of eleven cases where Sarah takes us through both criminal and family proceedings. She examines how she feels towards the defendants in the dock, and challenges us all to consider how our attitudes and actions can shape not only individual cases, but the legal system itself. This very personal account is revealing and inspiring, funny and distressing, and above all, beautifully written.

Come along to find out more! Tickets are £17 including a copy of 'In Your Defence' (RRP £16.99) or £8 without the book. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Details: 01394 388890

Lavinia Greenlaw
Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Lavinia has visited Browsers before to launch a work of poetry. This time she is joining us to present her new novel, her third, 'In the City of Love's Sleep'. Described as 'a contemporary fable', the book tells the story of two people who meet in middle-age and try to overcome all experience has taught them, in order to be together. Tickets are £16 to include a copy of the book (RRP £14.99) with complimentary refreshments, and are available from the bookshop. A ticket without the book, is £8. Tell 01394 388890

Peter Robinson
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 1.00pm

The best-selling, award-winning novelist will be visiting us from his home in Canada for this special lunchtime event at Woodbridge Library, introducing his latest masterpiece in mystery and suspense. ‘Careless Love’ is the 25th novel in Peter’s popular DCI Banks crime series, set in Yorkshire. These books have been translated into 19 languages and adapted for television, featuring actor Stephen Tompkinson in the title role. Tickets are £20 and include a copy of 'Careless Love' (RRP £20). Call Browsers on 01394 388890

James Henry
Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Having written the bestselling prequels to the DI Frost novels of RD Winfield, James has now embarked on his own police thriller series. '

Yellowhammer' is the second so far and, while set in Essex in the 1980s, it steps into the Suffolk countryside.

James first visited us at Browsers a couple of years ago when he launched this series with 'Blackwater'. It was this visit, and a later return for a talk at Hollesley for Suffolk Libraries, that inspired James to feature our corner of Suffolk in this new book.

He told us all about this as well as his love of birdwatching and his other life working in publishing, in a relaxed, fun and entertaining evening.

Tickets were £8, with complimentary refreshments. You can read more about this event here.

Thursday 14th June 2018 at 7.00pm

Everyone is invited to this free event celebrating the final book in the Golden Apple trilogy by Emily Hauser.

Called 'For the Immortal', it tells of two extraordinary women swept up in one of the greatest legends of all time, discovering the price that must be paid for immortality.

Emily talked to us about her first book in 2016. Called 'For the Most Beautiful', it was a retelling of the siege of Troy.

Anyone who came along will have been delighted and inspired by Emily, whose enthusiasm for Classics is infectious. After school in Suffolk, she studied at Cambridge before completing a PhD at Yale University. Now she has returned to teach in the UK, and we're thrilled that she'll be visiting us again in Woodbridge with this new book.

'For the Immortal' is the culmination of Emily's books retelling Greek myths.

We'll be marking publication day with wine and nibbles, and a chance to mingle and chat with Emily. There will also be the opportunity to be among the first to buy 'For the Immortal', if you choose to do so! Please let us know if you'd like to come along so that we can be sure of numbers for the catering. Call the bookshop and we'll add your name to the guest list!

Anne Youngson at Browsers
Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7.30pm

One reviewer has described this book as 'warm-hearted' and 'clear-minded'.

It is a delicate and beautiful tale told as a correspondence between two strangers.

Tina lives in Suffolk, Anders in Denmark and politely, apologetically and tentatively they undertake an exchange of letters which becomes increasingly revealing and confiding.

The author, Anne Youngson embarked on a creative writing course in her 50s, when she retired from her career in the motor industry. Now 70, this is her first novel. Her account of her desire to write and her approach to life - ‘it’s never too late’ - is hugely inspiring.

If you are a frustrated or emerging writer, or simply love a good story, you must come along and meet Anne!

Tickets are £13 and include a copy of 'Meet Me at the Museum' (RRP £12.99) with complimentary refreshments.

You can read a review of 'Meet Me at the Museum' here.

Jeffrey Deaver at Woodbridge library
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 1.00pm

The international bestselling crime writer, Jeffrey Deaver will be visiting from his home in the USA to launch his new thriller 'The Cutting Edge'.

He will be with us for this lunchtime visit at Woodbridge Library, where he will be in conversation with Catherine Larner and signing copies of the book for the audience members attending.

A former journalist, attorney and folksinger, Jeffrey Deaver is 'the master of suspense'. He has written 35 novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bone thriller 'Carte Blanche'.

Deaver's work has sold over 50 million copies in more than 35 languages around the world, winning numerous awards.

In this latest book, Deaver's most popular character, Lincoln Rhyme is at work again in NYC as he tries to catch a killer targeting couples.

Tickets are £15 and include a copy of 'The Cutting Edge' (RRP £14.99).

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