Readers' Day 

Authors confirmed include Polly Clark, Rachel Joyce, Lucy Atkins and Veronica Henry

Saturday 14 October
New venue for 2017 and new host - author Fanny Blake 

10:00 - 16:00

Includes lunch, refreshments and a goodie bag

What is Readers' Day?

> A mini festival in a day
> One ticket, 8 speakers including authors and publishing professionals
> Hear authors speak about their latest books and what inspires them
> Discover new ideas for your own reading and writing
> A chance to ask authors about their work and the writing process
> A chance to share your enthusiasm for reading with like minded people

If you are an avid reader of fiction what better way to spend the day than in the company of authors and professionals from the world of publishing sharing their stories and providing inspiration and advice for your own work, and all under one roof.

Early booking is essential for this event as it is always a sell out!



last year's authors


My Husband's Wife

Another compelling read from the number 1 bestselling author sees wife and mother Rosie left to rebuild her life after her husband and children leave home. Powerful and emotional it’s a contemporary story that strikes right to the heart.


Amanda has a real gift of creating an emotional, heartbreaking, addictive and touching story... unputdownable
— Sky's Book Corner

Janet ellis 

The Butcher's Hook

Debut novel from the actor and ex-Blue Peter presenter, set in the 18th century, sees 19-year-old Anne Jacob, daughter of well-to-do parents, determined to pursue her own happiness, even if it means defying her family, and getting a little blood on her hands.

Ellis has a sharp eye and a sharper wit. More importantly still, she possesses a subtle and compassionate understanding of the human heart.
— The Guardian



Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on a murder investigation. He is a murderer himself. From the author of the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series William brings us this dark and powerful crime novel that builds the suspense and tension with every page.

A brilliantly constructed thriller, told part in flashback to his traumatic past, it’s utterly compulsive, written in sharp, unsentimental style, and with a wonderfully atmospheric storm-battered setting
— Sunday Mirror

Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

One of this year’s most hotly talked about debut novels. When neighbour Mrs Creasy goes missing during the heatwave of 1976, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly set out to find her. Author Joanna Cannon explores communities, belonging, and how we treat those who don’t quite fit in.

Cannon specialises, beautifully, in making concrete the abstract… a superior debut
— Sunday Times

Jane Lythell

Woman of the Hour

Former TV executive, Jane Lythell, has written a twisty drama of power, rivalry and betrayal. The first of a new series of smart women’s fiction set in the glamorous and pressurised world of a London TV station, it is based on her own experiences.

Terrific five star read
— The Last Word

James henry


The bestselling author of the DI Frost prequels, introduces a new Essex- based crime series set in the ‘80s. In the first book DI Nicholas Lowry and colleagues must put personal tensions aside to stop an illicit shipment reaching its destination. James is an editor at a leading publishing house and can offer advice from both sides of the fence.

The smell of the marshes permeates every page. . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period, and it’s an encouraging start to what is likely to be an engaging series.
— Daily Mail



Canongate’s lead debut fiction for 2016 finds central character Mahony returning to Mulderrig, a small village on Ireland’s west coast, with only a photograph of his long-lost mother, and a determination to do battle with the village’s lies, and uncover the truth.

Jess will be joined by her agent, Sue Armstrong of Conville & Walsh, specialists in launching careers for debut authors, and who will explain what it was about Jess’s book that caught their attention, and discuss how best to present work for agents and publishers.the glamorous debutantes, heartbreak and just what is worth fighting for in an unforgettable and beautifully crafted historical work from one of our favourite authors.