David's has a long history of hosting visiting authors and speakers, from the bookfairs and ideas fairs of the 1970s and 80s, the later series of public debates, to our ongoing seasonal programmes.
Recents speakers include Dan Snow, The Hairy Bikers, Lucy Worsley, Janet Ellis, Jess Phillips, Katherine Rundell and Libby Page - among many others. Forthcoming events are listed below and you can book tickets online.
Most events are held in our cafe which turns into a bright, welcoming space in the evening. Larger events take place in a variety of venues around Letchworth, including the Cloisters, Central Methodist Church and the Theatre at St Francis College.
Join us for an evening with Merlin Sheldrake, author of the one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of 2020, Entangled Life. Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world. It shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself
Join us for an evening with Ned Palmer, a freelance cheesemonger and author. We will be taken on a tour of Britain and Ireland through taste; the taste of cheese, specifically (which might be the greatest taste of all time...) An unmissable event for those who are interested in cheese and food history!
'It is impossible to write with integrity about nature without protesting and resisting and waving a desperate red flag. Isn't it?' Join us for an evening with Nicola Chester, author of On Gallows Down. Part nature writing, part memoir, On Gallows Down is an essential, unforgettable read for fans of Helen Macdonald, Melissa Harrison and Isabella Tree.
Costa Award-Winning Children’s Author, Katherine Rundell will Discuss and Sign her two new books – the stunning adventure The Good Thieves and the IBW essay Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise - as part of Independent Bookshop Week and the Letchworth Festival
Does marrying a soldier mean marrying the army? Joanna Trollope considers this topical issue in her forthcoming novel. Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell.
Gervase will be talking about and signing his first novel, The Little Village School, which is a wonderfully entertaining story with heart-warming portraits of eccentric, gossiping adults and straight-talking children. This novel has all the light and shade of Gervase Phinn's Dales books.
Francis Pryor, BBC Televison Presenter, discusses and signs his new book, The Making of the British Landscape (Penguin, £14.99). The Making of the British Landscape is the changing story of Britain from prehistory to the present day, as it has been preserved in our fields, farms, roads, buildings, towns and villages, mountains, forests and islands.