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Past Events at the Bloomsbury Institute

In the past, we've hosted some incredible authors, books and special guests. Our literary events encompass a vast array of topical issues, important trends and the latest and greatest new reads. Attend an event with us and see what's upcoming at the Bloomsbury Institute.   

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OCTOBER 25th: Inside Bloomsbury Publishing for Editors and Proofreaders
OCTOBER 11th: Mohammed Hanif and Red Birds at the London Library
OCTOBER 9th: Writing revolutionary plays with Hannah Khalil and Sabrina Mahfouz
SEPTEMBER 27th: Founding Bloomsbury: The Inside Story 
SEPTEMBER 13th: A Murderous Legacy: The Storytelling Secrets of Agatha Christie
AUGUST 30th: Inside Bloomsbury Publishing for Illustrators
JULY 12th: The Secrets to a Successful Fashion Show with Gill Stark 

JULY 5th: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes with Diane Atkinson at the London Library

JUNE 21st: The Stories of My Life with Kamila Shamsie and Kamin Mohammadi
MAY 31st: Julius Caesar and Me with acclaimed British actor Paterson Joseph 
MAY 1st: Funding Women in Film: Time's Up with Lizzie Francke, Anna Bogutskaya, Dr. Shelley Cobb and Pamela Hutchinson
APRIL 24th: On Beginning and Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge
APRIL 19th: An evening of real cheese tasting with Bronwen Percival, Francis Percival and Steven Lamb 
APRIL 12th: Running the Marathon with Anita Bean, Paul Hobrough, John Brewer and Claire Maxted
MARCH 20th: Murdering Stereotypes: Real Women in Crime Fiction with Eva Dolan, Emma Flint and Danuta Kean
MARCH 8th: Transform Your Career with Better Sleep, presented by Vicki Culpin
MARCH 1st: An evening with Celia Imrie
FEBRUARY 27th: The Value of Being Misunderstood with Ziyad Marar and Roman Krznaric
FEBRUARY 21st: Fashion Design: The Must-Have Skills with Aisling McKeefry and RIXO London
JANUARY 24th: The Future of Playwriting: Caroline Jester, Charlene James and Dan Rebellato


NOVEMBER 21st: Caroline Brothers and Anita Sethi on writing about conflict in troubled times

NOVEMBER 15th: Deborah Cadbury on Queen Victoria's Matchmaking 

NOVEMBER 9th: How to publish creatively: inside Bloomsbury Publishing, in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers

OCTOBER 31st: James Graham and Dan Rebellato discussed writing politics for the stage

OCTOBER 26th: The Enduring Popularity of Gothic Ficton with Laura Purcell, Joanna Briscoe, Jeremy Sheldon and Danuta Kean

OCTOBER 19th: The Story of My Second Sight by Vanessa Potter for the Bloomsbury Festival 2017

OCTOBER 10th: Raising Girls: A day of the girl panel for mothers2mothers with Anna Williamson, Juliet McGrattan, Emma France and Harriet Minter 

SEPTEMBER 21st: Design as a Force for Social Change with Dr Catharine Rossi, Professor Alan Male, Dr Russell Bestley and Catherine Flood for London Design Festival 2017 

SEPTEMBER 12th: An evening with Lucy Worsley

AUGUST 17th: Where next for Fantasy Fiction with Natasha Pulley and Samantha Shannon

JULY 11th: How to Read a Dress with Lydia Edwards and Barbara Brownie

JUNE 27th: Philip Lymbery in conversation with Bill Oddie on the myths of factory farming

JUNE 15th: Oliver Ford Davies and Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall on Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters. 

MAY 18th: Julia Hobsbawm in conversation with Viv Groskop on being Fully Connected.

MAY 4th: Jenny Landreth and Vivienne Rickman-Poole on female swimming pioneers and Swell: A Waterbiography. 

APRIL 27TH: Tim Pears in conversation with Alex Clark 

MARCH 23rd: Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen, in partnership with the British Spanish Society.

JANUARY 24th: Bloomsbury Book Club: The Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan and Gideon Rachmann 


NOVEMBER 24th: Sarah Crossan in conversation with Tanya Landman

NOVEMBER 16th: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre

OCTOBER 11th: Day of the Girl: An event with Womankind

OCTOBER 6th: Teaching Classics in the Modern World

SEPTEMBER 8th: The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol Adams in conversation with Sara Pascoe

JULY 13th: Object Lessons: a conversation about the hidden meaning of ordinary things

JUNE 26th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Kate Summerscale

JUNE 20th: IZA World of Labor Brexit Debate

JUNE 16th: Addicted To The Game: A sports writing salon with Simon Barnes & Emma John

MAY 17th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Alexei Sayle

MAY 10th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Erwin James

MAY 5th:  Does Philosophy Matter? Professor MM McCabe, Constantine Sandis and chaired by Liza Thompson  

APRIL 19th: Don't Stop Me Now: Vassos Alexander

MARCH 17th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Meg Rosoff

FEBRUARY 23rd: An Evening with Stephen Poliakoff


DECEMBER 12th: Bloomsbury Book Club with John Lahr

NOVEMBER 25th: Women, Literature and Feminism with Jacqueline Rose, Georgina Harding and Laura Bates

NOVEMBER 17th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Adam Sisman

NOVEMBER 10th: An evening with Willy Russell

NOVEMBER 4th: Writing Salon with Karen Campbell and Michelle Roberts

OCTOBER 14th: Greeks versus Romans: A Classics Debate

OCTOBER 7th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Stephen Kelman

SEPTEMBER 29th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Justin Cartwright

JULY 9th: Untold Stories, Unheard Voices: On Diversity in Literature

JUNE 23rd: Bloomsbury Book Club with Hannah Rothschild

MAY 14th: Bloomsbury Book Club with Polly Samson

APRIL 15th: Sophie and the Sibyl: Book Club with Patricia Duncker

MARCH 24th: The Bloomsbury Set: Book Club with Priya Parmar

FEBRUARY 25th: Short Story Evening with Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson and Lucy Wood

JANUARY 29th: Salon on Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption

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Every past guest of the Bloomsbury Institute

A.C. Grayling  
Gabrielle Walker
Lucy Wood
Simon Russell Beale
Abigail Rokison-Woodall 
Geoffrey Charles Van Orden 
Lucy Worsley
Stella Rimington
Adam Sisman 
Geoffrey Colman
Lydia Edwards
Stephen Kelman
Adrian Lester  
Germaine Greer
Lynn Barber 
Stephen Poliakoff
Aisling McKeefry
Gervais Williams 
Margaret Atwood
Suzanne Joinson
Alan Male
Graeme Obree
Mark Haddon 
Tanya Landman
Al Alvarez 
Guy Standing
Meg Rosoff
Tena Stivicic
Alex Heminsley 
Hannah Rothschild
Mia Freedman
Tim Pears
Alexei Sayle 
Harriet Minter
Michael Dobson
Tom Campbell
Allie Renison
Harry Eyres
Michael Frayn
Tom Kerridge 
Aminatta Forna 
Howard Jacobson
Michael Hutchinson
Tom McLaughlin
Andrea Stuart 
James Graham
Michele Roberts
Tom Wilkinson 
Anita Bean 
James Runcie
Nadine Gordimer
Vanessa Gebbie 
Anita Sethi
Jane Rushbridge
Natasha Pulley 
Vassos Alexander
Ann Morgan
Jenny Landreth 
Nick Lake 
Vicki Culpin
Anne Zouroundi 
Jeremy Sheldon
Oliver Ford Davies
Viv Groskop
Anna Williamson
Joanna Briscoe
P.D. Smith 
Vivienne Rickman-Poole
Barbara Brownie 
John Lahr
Patricia Duncker
Will Self
Ben Macintyre 
John Mullan
Patrick McGrath
William Boyd
Bill Oddie 
Jon McGregor
Peter Frankopan
William Dalrymple 
Catharine Rossi
Jon McGregor 
Phil Coggan 
Willy Russell
Catherine Flood
Jonathan Aitken
Philip Lymbery
Ziyad Marar
Carlos Acosta  
Jonathan Portes 
Polly Samson

Carol J. Adams 
Julia Hobsbawm 
Priya Parmar

Caroline Brothers 
Julie Corbin
Raymond Blanc

Celia Imrie
Juliet McGrattan
Reni Eddo-Lodge

Charles Saumarez Smith 
Justin Cartwright 
Rob Doyle

Claire McGowen 
Kamila Shamsie 
Roman Krznaric
D.W. Wilson
Karen Campbell 
Roshi Fernando 

Daisy Buchanan 
Kate Colquhoun
Romesh Gunesekera 

Damian Barr
Kate Summerscale
Russell Norman

Dan Rebellato 
Khaled Hosseini 
Russell Bestley

Danuta Kean
Kwasi Kwarteng
Sally Brampton

Deborah cadbury
L. Alan Winters 
Sally Gardner

Edmund White 
Laura Purcell
Samantha Shannon

Eliza Robertson 
Laurens de Groot
Sara Pascoe

Elizabeth Gilbert  
Lawrence Norfolk
Sarah Crossan

Emma John
Leo Hollis
Scott Jurek

Emma France
Liars' League
Selina Hastings

Emma Claire Sweeney 
Lolita Chakrabarti
Sheila Hancock

Erwin James 
Liz Jensen
Simon Barnes

Esther Freud 
Lucie Whitehouse
Simon Stephens

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