A venue fit for a king! It was a fantastic evening, they had arranged it all perfectly. I am gobsmacked and over the moon all at once!
— H.M. Castor, Author


A Warwick Books event with Trish Nicholson

7 p.m, Thursday 22nd June 16 2017

Warwick Books.

Trish Nicholson brings us a unique interweaving of literature and history seen through the eyes of storytellers, making a fascinating journey for general readers and students alike. From tales of the Bedouin, to Homer, Aesop and Valmiki, and from Celtic bards and Icelandic skalds to Chaucer, Rabelais, Shakespeare, Scott and Chekhov, some of the many storytellers featured will be familiar to you; others from Africa, Asia and the Pacific may be fresh discoveries. Beginning with oral tales of our foraging ancestors, the emergence of writing, the great migrations, the age of exploration and the invention of printing through to the industrial revolution and the digital age, Nicholson brings us voices from all corners of the world. Combining this extraordinary breadth with telling myths, epics, fables, fairy tales and legends, she reveals their story-power in the comedy and tragedy of human affairs. And what of Story’s future..? A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity is our own human epic, thoroughly researched and referenced, and told with the imaginative flair of an accomplished storyteller. This is a book-lover’s book, illustrated and handsomely presented in hardback and paperback volumes designed ‘to have and to hold’.

Tickets:  £5.00

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A Warwick Words event with Philippa Gregory

7.30 p.m, Wednesday 16 August 2017

Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP.


Best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory will be talking about her latest book ‘The Last Tudor’ at a special event in the run-up to this year’s Warwick Words History Festival.

A story of betrayal and divided loyalties in the battle for the throne of England, ‘The Last Tudor’ is the final novel in Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Series.   Using her position as cousin to the dead Edward VI, seventeen-year-old Protestant Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen by her father and his co-conspirators ahead of the late King’s Catholic half-sister, Mary. But Mary quickly musters an army, claims her crown and locks Queen of Nine Days Jane in the Tower.  When Jane refuses to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sends her to the executioner’s block.  On Mary’s death, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeds to the throne and Elizabeth will not allow Jane’s sister Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir.  But Katherine’s secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy and she meets the same fate as Jane.  The youngest Grey sister, Mary, is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching her wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth …

Warwick Words History Festival Executive Director Helen Meeke says, Philippa Gregory is a previous Festival guest and we are delighted to welcome her to Warwick for this special pre-Festival event. This year marks Philippa’s 30th anniversary in writing and she is a recognised authority on women’s history.’

Tickets:  £10.00 available from Warwick Words History Festival Box Office, Royal Leamington Spa Town Hall Box Office, The Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AT

Tel: 01926 33 44 18

Dates for the diary

Trish Nicholson 'A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity' - Thursday June 22nd, 7pm


We are delighted to host a rich series of literary events in and around Warwick. These include our popular 'Meet the author' events. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed. Previous authors Melvyn Bragg, Jodi Picoult, Kate Williams, Professor Edith Hall and Dr Elizabeth Goldring. These events take place across Warwick including the beautiful Lord Leycester Hospital. We also support Warwick Words Festival. Read about our previous events in our blog.

Refreshments provided by local independent businesses are served at all of our events!

Huge thanks for a fab event yesterday!
— Warwickshire Schools Library Service