2020 Events

I do have a few literary festivals lined up for later in 2020, but obviously the ongoing COVID-19 situation may mean that some of those are cancelled. So, I won’t list them here now, but only when it looks likely that they, hopefully, will be going ahead.



Readings/Book Groups etc.

If you’d like to book me to do a talk/reading at an event such as a literary festival, or to speak to a book group/club, please contact me using the form on this website. For larger and commercial events please contact my agent Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock.


Previous highlights:

Wednesday 19 February 2020: ‘Ghostland’ in the Sailors’ Reading Room
Sailors’ Reading Room, Southwold

The haunted Suffolk coast – which features in M. R. James’s ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ and ‘A Warning to the Curious’ – provide the backdrop to the event. The venue was Southwold’s atmospheric Sailors’ Reading Room, a building that also features in W. G. Sebald’s strange, melancholic walking tour of East Anglia, The Rings of Saturn, which also features in my book. What a wonderful room, and a lovely audience!

Saturday 19 October 2019: Usborne World of the Unknown – Ghosts
A great evening in a haunted Midlands hotel (Bosworth Hall), where I chaired a panel event about the seminal 1977 children’s book from my youth that had a (dismembered) hand in my love of ghosts and the supernatural… Thanks to Usborne Books for inviting me and Haunted Magazine for putting me up.

Friday 18 October 2019: Fear in the Fens
The Space Upstairs, above Downham Market Library. Evening (time tbc)

Wednesday 16 October 2019: Ghostland Book Launch
The Book Hive, Norwich. 18.30 for 19.00.
A great night in this brilliant independent bookshop.

Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild
I was delighted to have been invited to be one of the speakers at the prestigious annual New Networks for Nature event, which took place in Cambridge in association with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative from 22–24 September. I was the opening speaker on the morning of Friday 23 September, and was honoured to be on the same programme as Sir David Attenborough!