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


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.