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 2015 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 as well as our latest news and details of local literary events.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.

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

You can also join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter for all the latest SBL, local and national literary news.


Want to keep up to date with all our events and latest news? Send your name and email address to with "SBL Newsletter" in the subject field and we will add you to our mailing list. Alternatively, become a member today and you will automatically get advanced information about all our news and events as well as exclusive priority booking for our varied programme.

Support Suffolk Libraries and take a look at the array of services you can access and the variety of events they have coming up by clicPevsner Quoteking on the link below.

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Next Talk: 2 December

Susie HarriesFor our last event of 2015 and to celebrate the latest Pevsners on Suffolk, we have invited author Susie Harries to talk about her acclaimed biography Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life.

Harries is the first biographer to have read his private papers, including his letters to his wife and his secret diaries Heftchen . She provides insight into the workings of his mind and illustrates his role as the continental at the heart of British culture. Pevsner was also a refugee from Nazi German, so the timing of this talk is perhaps rather topical.

This event is also being held in honour of one of our key supporters and members, the late Norman Scarfe.

Further details can be found here

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