Suffolk Book League

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Registered Charity Number: 296783
Honorary President: Margaret Drabble

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The Suffolk Book League is a local literary group with a difference! Founded in 1982, we promote the pleasures of reading by bringing popular and distinguished writers to speak in Ipswich and the surrounding area as well as supporting a wide range of literary-related community projects.
To us, reading matters.

The 2014 programme can be viewed on our Events page and we have been fortunate in the wide range of well-known speakers that we have welcomed to the county over the years. Go to About us for a detailed list of past speakers and further information about the diverse activities of the Suffolk Book League.Somerset Maugham Quotation

You can join the Suffolk Book League at any of our meetings, via this website or by email/post. Although you do not need to be a member in order to attend our events, annual membership ensures that you receive a range of benefits, including the quarterly journal Book Talk and reduced price entry to the monthly talks. Full details of the benefits members can enjoy are provided on the Membership page.

The Suffolk Book League was also involved in the sponsorship of Literary Suffolk, a booklet showcasing Suffolk's literary heritage. Currently out of print, it is hoped that a new version of this publication will be produced in the near future.

Our Links page promotes other local literary events, book groups, connections and organisations.

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We are grateful to the following Suffolk organisations for their support: The Ipswich Institute, Gotelee Solicitors and Waterstones in Ipswich.

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Alexander McCall Smith


We are very excited to announce that the very popular and entertaining Alexander McCall Smith will be joining us in October as an addition to our published programme! More details to follow.

Elspeth Barker


Tuesday 9 September 2014
Elspeth Barker
Ipswich Institute

Last year Elspeth Barker's Dog Days was shortlisted for the New Angle Prize for Literature and the showcase evening gave us a taster of what we could expect from this experienced novelist and journalist. She is currently finishing a novel for Penguin so this event will be an interesting start to our Autumn programme.

Doors open at 7:00pm with tea/coffee and free books to take away with you. The talk starts at 7:30pm. All welcome!

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