Events and Tickets

Tickets are now available to buy online from the links below or can be purchased from Oakes Barn, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds. Concessions: Under 25s/Benefits. Unsold tickets will be available on the door.

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Joint event with Poetry Aloud – Fen Song and Open Mic

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23rd October 2019
Fen Song a beautiful and haunting sequence of poetry and song inspired by the East Anglian landscape featuring poet Clare Crossman and singer songwriter Penni McLaren Walker with multi-instrumentalist Bryan Causton. The performance will be followed by the ever popular Open Mic. Bring and read your poems and sing your songs! 
Venue: Risbygate Sports Club
Sign up 18:30, start 20:00
Tickets: £8.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Nicola Upson 

Friends of Moyse's Hall Museum

25th October 2019
Bury born Nicola Upson is the author of a best selling series of crime novels featuring a fictional Josephine Tey who, in real life, was a noted writer of detective novels herself. Her novel, The Death of Lucy Kyte was inspired by the 1827 Red Barn murder of Maria Marten in Polstead. 
Her murderer, William Corder, was hanged in Bury St Edmunds and his death mask, and a book covered in his skin, are amongst the most popular of Moyse’s Hall’s exhibits.
We are delighted that Moyse’s Hall is the venue for this special evening.  Nicola will be talking about her crime novels, as well as her recently published novel Stanley & Elsie about the life of the painter, Stanley Spencer, as observed by his housemaid, Elsie Munday.  “An intriguing story of artistic temperament, domestic turmoil and remembrance” and taking questions from the audience.
Venue: Moyse’s Hall
19:00 start
Tickets:
 £12.00 to include a glass of wine or soft drink, £10.00 Friends of Moyse’s Hall, £8.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Joshua Winning

26th October 2019
Josh will talk about his books including Vicious Rumer “A truly bad-ass heroine” and his dark fantasy Sentinel Trilogy.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
11:30 start
Tickets: £8.00, £4.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Ann-Marie Howell

26th October 2019
Ann-Marie will talk about her magical debut novel The Garden of Lost Secrets and how she came to write it.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
12:45 start
Tickets: £8.00, £4.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Dr Francis Young

26th October 2019
Well-known historian Francis Young will talk about Holy and Unholy Suffolk: Adventures in Suffolk’s History and Folklore.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
14:15 start
Tickets: £8.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

In conversation with Ruth Hogan

26th October 2019
Best selling author Ruth Hogan will talk about her warm hearted fiction – just what we need today.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
15:30 start
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Charles Mugleston – Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

26th October 2019
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam talk and reading of the poem. Edward Fitzgerald was born in Woodbridge and educated in Bury St Edmunds. His translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was called “One of Suffolk’s greatest gifts to the world” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Charles Mugleston will bring both poem and translator to life in this special event.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
17:30 start
Tickets: £8.00, £4.00 concessions. Click here to book your tickets.

An evening with Sophie Hannah

26th October 2019
Sophie will talk about her career as renowned poet and award winning writer of scary psychological thrillers. She will discuss her reincarnation of Agatha Christie – her Hercule Poirot mysteries are best sellers – and her self help book How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
19:30 start
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Jackie Carreira in conversation with Pauline Manders and Rachel Churcher

27th October 2019
Award-winning local playwright and novelist, Jackie Carreira, will be in conversation with the writer of the popular, Suffolk-based ‘Utterly’ crime series of novels, Pauline Manders and Rachel Churcher, an independently published author of Young Adult fiction. The group will discuss the highs and lows of independent publishing.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
10:30 start
Tickets: £2.00, concessions free. Click here to buy tickets.

Matt Gaw

27th October 2019
Writer, journalist and naturalist Matt Gaw brings the beauty of the natural world to life in his luminous writing.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
11:30 start
Tickets: £8.00, £4.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

In conversation with Erica James

27th October 2019
Conversation with the hugely popular, award-winning, Erica James and an opportunity for the audience to ask her questions. Erica’s feel good novels are the antidote to grey anxious times.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
13:00 start
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concessions.  Click here to buy tickets.

Sam Byers

27th October 2019
Sam was born in Bury and in his critically acclaimed, and darkly funny, novels, Idiopathy (recipient of a Betty Trask award) and Perfidious Albion explores the present and near future.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
14:30 start
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

In conversation with Georgina Harding

27th October 2019
Georgina Harding is the author of five critically acclaimed novels including The Spy Game, which was shortlisted for the Encore Award, and Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. She will be talking about her new and very moving novel, The Land of the Living.
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
16:00 start
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.

Wendy Cope

27th October 2019
The much loved Wendy Cope brings the Festival to an end with her witty and pitch perfect poetry. 
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House
18:30 start
Tickets: £12.00, £8.00 concessions. Click here to buy tickets.