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July 2019

Francis Pryor on The Fens

July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lighthouse Centre Ely, United Kingdom + Google Map

Francis Pryor, Time Team’s distinguished archaeologist, has lived in, excavated, farmed and walked the Fen Country for more than four decades. In Fenland: The Silt and the Black, a journey spanning history, archaeology and personal recollection, Francis reveals his great love for this most mysterious of English landscapes. The Fens are often regarded as a neglected backwater by those who don’t know them; Francis will offer a very different view: that of a prosperous and vibrant land, from its levels…

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August 2019

Christopher Somerville on Britain’s Cathedrals

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

*Please note the change of date.* When Christopher Somerville set out to explore Britain’s cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Starting out, he pictured cathedrals – Britain possesses over one hundred – as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among favourites old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these…

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September 2019

Martin Walker in Ely

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters
Ely, CB7 4ZH United Kingdom
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Bruno, chief of police, faces a dark reckoning with France’s past in this page-turning mystery. A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau. As Claudia’s White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led…

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Historian Tom Holland in Ely

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. In 'Dominion' award-winning historian and broadcaster Tom Holland will tell the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from…

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Chris Riddell comes to Ely!

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Beloved illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is coming to Ely to celebrate his beautiful new book. In 'Poems to Fall in Love With' Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris’s exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift…

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October 2019

Jim Al-Khalili in Ely

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lighthouse Centre Ely, United Kingdom + Google Map

From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes 'Sunfall', his thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself – it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing. Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments…

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Brett Anderson in Ely!

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The trajectory of Suede – hailed in infancy as ‘The Best New Band in Britain’ – is recalled with moving candour by its frontman Brett Anderson, whose vivid memoir swings seamlessly between the tender, witty, turbulent, euphoric and bittersweet. Suede began by treading the familiar jobbing route of London’s emerging new 1990s indie bands – gigs at ULU, the Camden Powerhaus and the Old Trout in Windsor – and the dispiriting experience of playing a set to an audience of…

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November 2019

David Mitchell comes to Ely!

November 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Mitchell’s bestselling 'Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse', published back in 2014, must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse. We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from digging up Richard III to breaking up fatbergs, from Big Society to food banks, from twerking to stabbing. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up. But if you’re up for it all the same, why not dive into 'Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy',…

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