Author Events & Signings Calendar for The Orion Publishing Group


  • 26 Oct
    Rachel Billington at the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival

    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 9BX

    On August 21, 1915, Rachel Billington’s grandfather Brigadier-General Thomas, Earl of Longford, was killed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. His body was never found and her grandmother, who had six young children, continued to believe he would emerge f ...

  • 24 Oct
    Neil Oliver at Harrogate History Festival

    Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SR

    He’s the chap AA Gill described with ‘post-Billy Connolly hair who presents Coast on the telly’ and who ‘girls get proper swoony’ over. The Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer is the face of the BBC ...

  • 19 Oct
    Mona Eltahawy at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

    91 Deansgate Manchester M3 2BW

    A ground-breaking call to arms against misogyny in the Arab world by award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy, author of 'Why do They Hate Us?' the article which went viral and was debated around the globe joins us to discuss her new book Headscarves a ...

  • 18 Oct
    Mona Eltahawy at Off the Shelf Literary Festival Sheffield

    Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2BX

    Award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy talks about her ground-breaking book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution. In November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was assaulted by police during the ...

  • 17 Oct
    Mona Eltahawy at Festival of the Imagination Warwick

    Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7AL

    Refusing the VeilVeiled Fret: religious veiling and the fears that surround it Many Muslims worldwide either support or adopt religious veiling yet public debate about the veil frequently throws up a number of concerns, from questions of health and f ...

  • 17 Oct
    Viv Groskop at Wells Literary Festival

    Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells, BA5 2PD

    From writer, journalist, broadcaster, Bath Independent Literary Festival Director, Funny Women finalist and Maestro Improviser winner, comes a brand new stand-up show about the Great British cult of apology. Why are we always saying sorry and why are ...

  • 15 Oct
    Lady Jane Wellesley at Wells Literary Festival

    Old Ditch Farm, Lynch Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, Wells, BA5 1HW

    Most of us view the First Duke of Wellington as an iconic figure, whose name has been claimed by pubs, squares and rubber boots. Jane Wellesley's father, the 8th Duke of Wellington, was born in 1915, a century after the first Duke's momentous victory ...

  • 13 Oct
    Vanessa Lafaye at Culture Bite Festival

    Harefield Library, Park Lane, Harefield, Middlesex, UB9 6BJ
    2pm - 3:30pm

    Past Meets Future Panel at Culture Bite Festival Join our panel of authors Vanessa Lafaye, Antonia Honeywell and SD Sykes as they discuss their debut novels plus their characters as Past and Future collides. Tickets for this event are free but bookin ...

  • 13 Oct
    Anne De Courcy at Wells Literary Festival

    Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells, BA5 2PD

    Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916Daring, unconventional, stylish and highly intelligent, Margot Tennant married the shy but powerful Herbert Asquith in 1894. Recently widowed with five children, he was Home Secretary and b ...

  • 11 Oct
    Thomas Pakenham at Wells Literary Festival

    Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells, BA5 2PD

    The Company of Trees: A Year in a Lifetime’s QuestAcclaimed historian and best-selling author Thomas Pakenham brings both wit and wisdom to the story of his lifelong love affair with trees. He will be talking about his quest to establish a larg ...

  • 10 Oct
    Kate Mosse at the Sevenoaks Literary Festival

    The Oaks Theatre, Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3LE

    Imagine a gripping, well-told novel, a pacy plot full of tensions and with an almighty twist at the end, and an engaging and courageous heroine; add a cocktail of blackmail, mystery and a Gothic quest, and you have Kate Mosse’s latest novel, Th ...

  • 10 Oct
    Alex Perry at Wells Literary Festival

    Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells, BA5 2PD

    Alex Perry’s lyrical exploration of the new Africa came about after a spell in jail, visits to war zones and eventually, his resignation as a news correspondent. Perry investigates the split between a resurgent continent and a world at odds wit ...

  • 10 Oct
    Christina Lamb at Wells Literary Festival

    Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells, BA5 2PD

    Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous WorldFrom the award-winning Sunday Times foreign correspondent, best-selling writer and co-author of I am Malala, Christina Lamb asks how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on ...

  • 08 Oct
    Veronica Henry at Cheltenham Literature Festival

    The Salon, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW
    11:30am - 12:30pm

    James Attlee explored the psyche of a nation during his time as First Great Western’s Writer on the Train (Station to Station) and Veronica Henry (High Tide) was writer-in-residence on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. They explore how the act ...

  • 03 Oct
    Jon Holmes at Cheltenham Literature Festival

    Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

    In an age when there are few blanks on the map, the real discoveries we make are more subtle, social and personal. Join The Sunday Times Travel Editor Stephen Bleach, luxury travel guru Susan d’Arcy, and travel writer and comedian Jon Holmes fo ...

  • 02 Oct
    Lady Jane Wellesley at Windsor Festival Literary Tea

    Coworth Park, Blacknest Rd, Ascot SL5 7SE

    Did the women in Wellington’s life have more influence on his character than the men?From his mother to his mistresses, Lady Jane Wellesley looks at the life of her ancestor, the First Duke of Wellington, from a highly personal, feminine perspe ...

  • 30 Sep
    John Higgs at Wigtown Book Festival

    County Buildings, Main Hall Wigtown DG8 9JH

    We think we understand the 20th century. But do we really comprehend how odd it was compared to what came before? John Higgs’s dazzling alternative history shows how the Victorians’ elegant, clockwork universe became increasingly woozy an ...

  • 30 Sep
    Lady Jane Wellesley at Henley Festival

    Town Hall/Market Pl, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AQ

    On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, there could be no more apt time for a journey through the Wellington family history by Lady Jane, the daughter of the 8th Duke who died last New Year’s Eve. When the first Duke died Queen Vict ...

  • 29 Sep
    Rev Richard Coles at Wigtown Festival

    ScottishPower Foundation Marquee Wigtown Square Wigtownshire Scotland DG8 9JH

    Richard Coles is a parish priest and host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single, the Communards’ “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. He talks about his remarkable m ...

  • 27 Sep
    Vanessa LaFaye at Appledore Book Festival

    St Mary's Hall, Churchfields Road, Appledore, EX39 1RL

    With hugely successful debut novels behind them, Emylia Hall, Shelley Harris and Vanessa Lafaye talk to Veronica Henry about their transition from ‘normal’ working life to becoming full-time writers. Is it all about lying on a chaise long ...