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


Mark Mason at Browsers with Catherine Larner
Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 7.30pm

Mark Mason connects fascinating facts behind the 124 postcodes defining the regions of the British Isles, and delves into the history of our postal service in his new book ‘Mail Obsession’.

The audience was buzzing after listening to Mark at this event in Woodbridge Library. He was a hugely entertaining speaker and has an endless supply of astonishing information about the broadest selection of subjects.

He's offered to pay a return visit, and we can't wait! Read about the evening here.


Sophie Hannah signing books at Woodbridge
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 7.30pm

We took over the classroom at Woodbridge School to hear from Sophie Hannah. Her new book 'A Game for all the Family' is set around a school near a river in Devon, so we thought this setting would be fitting. Multiple choice questions tested our knowledge of Sophie's books before she arrived, and there were sweets from our childhood too. But no one was distracted when Sophie started to talk - she's a fantastic speaker and everyone wanted to take her books, and poems, away to read. Read more about the evening here.

Jason Hewitt signing books in Browsers
Thursday 17th September 2015 at 7.30pm

We gathered in the bookshop listening to tracks from Jason's playlist for his book 'The Dynamite Room' and Joe Loss and Benny Goodman certainly got us in the mood for the wartime settings.

Jason's passion for his books was contagious, and the audience were thrilled to take away his new book at the end of the evening. Read a full report of the evening here.

Natalie Meg Evans at Browsers, Woodbridge
Thursday 10th September 2015 at 7.30pm

We were thrilled when guests for 'The Milliner's Secret' responded to our invitation and arrived wearing their favourite hats. The town's charity shops had all put on special hat displays in the weeks leading up to our event.

We sipped Prosecco as we listened to the author describe her research for the book looking into Paris during the war.

It felt a very special occasion. For a full report on the evening click here.

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 2.00pm

The much-loved author-illustrator visited Browsers to sign copies of her new book and to read from 'Love is My Favourite Thing'.

Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7.30pm

What would you do if you realised the book you were reading was all about you?
After hearing Renee talk about the inspiration for her gripping new thriller, everyone went home with a signed copy of her book. Find out more about the event here.

Friday 27th March 2015 at 7.30pm

It was lovely to have Elly back with us in Woodbridge, this time in a new venue for Browsers at the Abbey School Hall. Her new book is 'The Ghost Fields'.

Erica James at Browsers
Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7.30pm

What would you do if you discovered a diary hidden in a discarded book?

Best-selling novelist, Erica James was joined by members of the team from Oxfam Books Woodbridge to explore the storyline of Erica's latest novel 'The Dandelion Years', her nineteenth book. 

Friday 2nd January 2015 at 2.30pm

Emma Hooper's novel is a beautiful tale about a woman's quest to walk across Canada to see the sea. It tells of her journey, her relationships, her memories, a coyote, and papier mache!

So we took a walk along the river wall before tea and conversation at the Riverside Restaurant with Emma, and a papier mache coyote created by pupils at Woodbridge Primary School.

Read an account of the afternoon here.