Events & Publicity

I am always happy to talk about my work, whether it is to libraries, book groups, bookshops, festivals. Please contact Alice Herbert ( Director, Publicity,  John Murray Press.

Early praise for Privilege, pub: May 12th 2022:

‘. . . quirky and well-written. A novel of ideas.’ The Times, 28th May 2022.

‘. . . conjures up a society in which written words can be as dangerous as deeds.’ Sunday Times, 22nd May 2022.

‘Among historical novelists, Glasfurd rides high’ Financial Times Weekend, 14th May 2022

‘A wonderfully engaging novel which reminds us why the freedom to write without fear of persecution remains a privilege which we must always defend.’ Alice Jolly

‘Set in eighteenth century France, Privilege takes us into the vividly dramatic world of Delphine, self-taught and rebellious, who is effectively orphaned by her father’s arrest. In Paris she meets Chancery, a naive Scottish printer’s apprentice who is miles out of his depth in this country where freedom of the press – for both readers and writers – is literally a burning issue. Feminism and censorship are just two of the themes that make this novel very timely in 2022. Tightly plotted and hugely readable.’
Jane Rogers, author of Mr Wroe’s Virgins and The Voyage Home.

‘. . . it’s the story of us all and our attitude to our own kind. If only we could accept others as we do ourselves; if only tolerance, care and love were our watchwords; if only we could look at a single word and realise its universe, how content we would be . . . this is an adventure of all of us and it’s up to us to see that it ends in success in the next generation and far, far beyond.’
Bookseller, Topping’s, Ely.

June 2023:

Huntingdon Library, Engage in the Afternoon
June 1st, 1.30 pm

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March 2023:

King’s Lynn Literature Festival
March 11th, 8pm, tickets:

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Swaffham Literary Lounge & Afternoon Tea: with Jill Dawson

March 5th, 3pm
Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB Tickets (£20): Jo Marchant on 07810 521011

Friends of Ely Library 
March 4th, 2pm (free event, Ely Library)

November 2022:

Papworth WI
November 16th, 7pm (private event)

Fakenham Village Society
November 17th, 7pm (details to follow)

July 2022:

25th July, Hart’s Bookshop, Saffron Walden, 6.30pm. Tickets and info:

3rd July, Summer at the Beach, Waterbeach Barracks, in conversation with Penny Hancock, (public event, 11 a.m., further info to follow).

3rd July, Swaffham Assembly Rooms, in discussion with Rory Clements and Pete Goodrum, writer and broadcaster. Tickets:

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June 2022:

1st June, 6pm, Redlion Bookshop, Colchester, author event. Info & tickets:

May 2022:

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 28th May, 6pm

Cambridgeshire Libraries, Engage in the Afternoon, Littleport Village Hall, Thursday 26th May, 2pm
Public event, info to follow

Topping’s Bookshop, Ely, 24th May, 7.30 pm (booking info)


Cambridge Writers for Ukraine
, fundraiser, 17th May from 6.30pm, Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. Tickets:

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April 2022:

Waterbeach Village Society (27th April, private event)

March 2022:

Anglia Ruskin University, Writing The Year Without Summer, 1816: climate crisis, fact and fiction.
(Writing (about) history in 19th century seminar series). 15th March, 5-6pm, ONLINE (via Teams): further info & to register:

February 2022:

Swaffham Assembly Rooms, in discussion with Sarah Sands, former editor BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
February 6th 2022, 3pm. Tickets:

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November 2021:

Barnett’s Books, Literary Lounge event, Wadhurst, in discussion with Sue Gaisford. November 4th, 7.30pm. Tel: 01892 783566

Waterbeach Wives’ (private event). November 3rd, 7 p.m.

October 2021:

Book Club choice, Cuckfield Book Festival October 10th, 7-8pm, in discussion with Julian Worricker

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With Julian Worricker at Cuckfield BookFest, 2021.




Littleport Library, talk. 9th July 2020, 10.30 a.m. (public event).

Papworth Everard WI, book talk, 17th June 2020, 7.30 pm (private event).

Kett’s Books, Wymondham Library, 20th April 2020, 7pm.


Barnett’s Books, Wadhurst, 7th April 2020. Info to follow.

Red Lion Books, Colchester, 1st April 2020. Info to follow.

David’s Bookshop. Letchworth Garden City, 24th March 2020. Further info and tickets:

Waterbeach Wives (private event), talk — 18th March 2020.

King’s Lynn Literature Festival, 13th-15th March 2020. (public event).


Hatchards Piccadilly, 26th February 2020, 6.30pm. Further info and tickets:

Cambridge105 Bookmark interview, 22nd February 2020, listen at:

ABC Radio (Sydney) Nightlife interview with Indira Naidoo, 21st February 2020,—guinevere-glasfurd/11991606

Hart’s Bookshop, Saffron Walden, 17th February 2020, 6.30pm.

Topping’s Bookshop, Ely, 12th February 2020, 7.30pm. Tickets from: (public event).

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire interview, Jeremy Sallis show, 12th February 2020, 12.15-12.45pm.

BOOK LAUNCH! The Year Without Summer, Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, 6th February 2020, 6.30pm–8pm.

BBC Radio Suffolk interview, Lesley Dolphin show, 24th January 2020, 2.20pm.


Sheffield Off the Shelf Literature Festival, Channing Hall, Sheffield, 5th October 2019, 3.30 p.m. (public event) – further info:

Durham Book Festival, Palace Green Library, 5th October 2019, 10.30 a.m. (public event) – further info:

St.Ives Library talk, 10th September 2019, 2pm. (public event).

Telling the Story of Wicken Fen, creative writing workshop (non-fiction) at Wicken Fen, 27th July 2019, 10.00-16.30pm. Further info:

People in the Landscape, creative writing workshop at Wicken Fen, 15th June 2019, 10.00-14.00pm. Further info:

Ely Library talk, 30th May 2019, 7.30 p.m. (public event, details to follow).

Deepings Literary Festival, 23rd May 2019, 2.30pm, Deepings Library, (public event, details to follow). Tickets available at:

Writing the Fens: one day creative writing workshop at Wicken Fen, 9th March 2019 10.00-16.30pm. Call: 01353 720274 to book a place.

Sawbridgeworth Book Club, 7th March 2019, 7.45pm (private event).

Huntingdon Library talk, 7th March 2019, 1.30- 3pm. (public event, details to follow).


Keele University, Keele Hall Reading, 22nd October, 2018 (public event,

Day at the Beach, Waterbeach Barracks, 8th July, 2018 (public event).

Huntingdon WI Literary Lunch, 4th July, 2018 (private event).

Fen Ditton Book Club, 6th June, 2018 (private event).

King’s Lynn Fiction Festival, March 16th-18th, 2018 (public event).

Escalator talk, Suffolk, 27th January 2018 (private event).


Cherry Hinton Book Group, 8th November, 2017.

Kett’s Books, Wymondham, 13th October, 5.30 p.m., author talk (public event).

Great Shelford Library, 24th September, 2 p.m., author talk (public event).

Barnett’s Bookshop, Literary Lounge, 19th September, 7.30 p.m., author talk (public event).

Cherry Hinton Festival, Cherry Hinton Library, 14th September, 7 p.m. author talk (public event).

Day at the Beach, Waterbeach Barracks, 16th July, 2.30 p.m. author talk with Penny Hancock, (public event, free). further info here:—sun-16/7–1430/

Peterborough Heritage Festival, 20th June, 7 p.m., author talk, (public event, tickets available here:

Words & Women, 6th June, 7.30 p.m. Launch of Anthology Four, La Raza, Cambridge, (public event, free):

Mulbarton Words Week, 5th June, 7.30 p.m. (public event, tickets available here:

Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017 readings, 25th May, 7.30 p.m., Picadilly Waterstones (public event, tickets available here:

Cambridge Writers’ Group talk, 2nd May 2017.

Waterstones, Amsterdam, 13th April, 2017 (public event).


Waterbeach Book Group, 8th March 2017.

Cambourne Library talk, March 1st, 2pm, 2017 (public event).

Waterbeach Wives’ Group talk, March 1st 2017.

Papworth Everard WI talk, 15th February 2017.

Huntingdon Library talk and book signing, 10th February, 2 p.m. (public event).


Histon Library talk and book signing, 9th February, 7 p.m. (public event)


Toppings Bookshop, Ely, with Francis Spufford and myself, 15th December, 7.30pm. Book tickets here:

Hadstock Book Club, Monday 21st November 2016.

Churchill College, University of Cambridge, talk to Creative Writing Group, 12th November, 2016.

University of Cambridge, Festival of Ideas, The Words in My Hand – in conversation with Dr Emma Gilby: October 22nd 2016.

Waterbeach Book Club, 5th September 2016.

Novel London – reading at Islington Waterstones, July 1st, 2016.

Cambridge Book Club, June 28th 2016.

21st Century Women, interview:

The Literary Consultancy, Writers’ Day and Pen Factor 2016 award: June 11th 2016

Telling it Live St.Ives, April 2016

Saffron Walden Book Club, April 2016


Skenfrith Book Club, March 2016

Huntingdon Independent Bookshop, March 2016.

Perth Writers Festival, February 2016.

Delighted to announce that  I have been asked to speak at Perth Writers Festival in February 2016, as part of Perth International Arts Festival. Details of the events can be found here:

For queries about publicity and events in the UK, please contact:

Yassine Belkacemi, Director, Publicity,  John Murray Press:


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