Past events

Author visits to Woodbridge

For Browsers, Catherine Larner organises and hosts author talks and book launches ranging from intimate gatherings of around 30 guests to large evening events with capacity audiences of up to 300 people. Recent guest authors have included Max Hastings, Victoria Hislop, Joanne Harris, Dan Snow, Kate Humble, Jeffery Deaver and Robert Peston.

Since launching the author talks more than 10 years ago, other speakers 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 held an attentive audience as she talked about her search for 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.

Read an account of Julia's visit here and Catherine's article here.

Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 7.30pm

We had a capacity audience to meet Elly Griffiths at Woodbridge Library.

This was her third visit to us at Browsers, and she just gets better and better. Her stories about the inspiration for her bestselling books are fascinating and she's very funny. We're looking forward to her next visit already!

This event was sold out. Read an account of the event here.

Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 1.00pm

The audience was held spellbound by all that Diane had to share with us, not just about this fabulous new book but also about her attitude to life and writing. She's astonishing!

Visiting us at lunchtime, in Woodbridge Library, ahead of her official promotional tour, copies of the book were released early especially for us.

Read an account of Diane's visit here.

Friday 7th December 2018 at 7.30pm

Former politician and now award-winning author Alan Johnson shared his memories with a packed audience at the Riverside.

His stories, his jokes and his mimicry certainly held this crowd.

Read an account of Alan's visit here.

Friday 30th November 2018 at 7.30pm

You never forget evenings in the company of the extraordinary Maggi Hambling.

Tonight she told us all about her father's work.

This event was sold out. Read all about the evening here and Catherine's article here.

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.

Historians Rob Liddiard and David Sims gave a fascinating and entertaining account of how they came to produce their detailed study of the wartime landscape.

Read an account of their visit here and Catherine's article here.

Monday 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm

The historian and tv presenter Dan Snow spoke without prompts or notes as he strolled back and forth on the stage telling us all about his love and passion for history.

He was a very popular speaker and people patiently waited in the long queue to have their book signed at the conclusion of the event.

This event was sold out. Read an account of Dan's visit here.

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 shared 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.

Read an account of Kate's visit here and Catherine's articles here and here.

Friday 14th September 2018 at 7.30pm

After the triumph that was ‘A Place Called Winter’, Patrick was 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.

We took over Woodbridge School Hall for this evening of was music, laughter and conversation. Read an account of the evening here and Catherine's interview with Patrick Gale here.

Saturday 8th September 2018 at 7.30pm

'In Your Defence' is a stunning account of eleven cases where Sarah takes us through both criminal and family proceedings from her perspective as a barrister.

The book is revealing and inspiring, funny and distressing, and above all, beautifully written. And Sarah was a warm and engaging speaker who inspired us all. Read an account of Sarah's visit here and Catherine's article here.

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'.

It was a tremendous evening, with everyone intrigued by so many elements of all that Lavinia had to say. Read an account of the event here.

Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 1.00pm

The best-selling, award-winning novelist visited 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. Read an account of the event here.

Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 7.30pm

'Yellowhammer' is the second of James's police thriller series. Set in Essex in the 1980s, this book 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 Suffolk in this new book. You can read more about this event here and Catherine's article here.

Thursday 14th June 2018 at 7.00pm

We marked publication day of 'For the Immortal' by Emily Hauser with a party in the bookshop. Guests were treated to wine and nibbles, and a chance to mingle and chat with Emily.

This book is the culmination of Emily's Golden Apple trilogy retelling the Greek myths. She joined us in Woodbridge to speak about the first book in 2016. Read about that event here.

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

The author, Anne Youngson embarked on a creative writing course in her 50s. Now 70, this is her first novel. It is a delicate and charming tale told as a correspondence between two strangers. Read my account of the event here.

You can read a review of 'Meet Me at the Museum' here and Catherine's profile of Anne Youngson here.

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

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

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

Read an account of his visit here.

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