Friday 7th October 19:30 – 22:00 in The Casterbridge Room
£15 per person
The Casterbridge Room will be filled with “the babble of voices, the jingle of glasses, and the drawing of corks”.
Natasha Musson Style Event
Saturday, 22nd October, 10:00am – 12:00pm in the Assembly Room
£45 per person including brunch and coffee
Join us for an morning of fashion with secret stylist Natasha Musson.
£45 per ticket to include brunch & a hot drink.
Natasha Musson, The Secret Stylist will provide a friendly, supportive style clinic in a small intimate group setting for you to dip your toes into this year’s autumn must haves, enabling you to tackle those tricky fashion trends you’ve always pondered about, leaving you looking and feeling better than ever.
“I want every person in the room to come away looking and feeling amazing! Fashion is fun. I have a professional but approachable and informal presentation style and I like to create a relaxed but buzzy atmosphere; where women can really be themselves. I guarantee that I can teach women to feel great in their clothes and confident in their buying choices.” – Natasha Musson, The Secret Stylist
Viv Groskop, How to Own the Room
Thursday 10th November, 7pm-8pm, The Casterbridge Room
£15 per person including copy of book
Viv Groskop is a journalist, writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter and author of the best-selling book and accompanying chart-topping podcast, How to Own The Room.
Join us for an unmissable evening as Viv gives an exclusive masterclass in confidence and public speaking for women.
No cringe! Just inspirational tips and advice on brilliant speaking.
In How to own the Room inspirational women reveal the secrets of brilliant speaking. Viv has interviewed women from all walks of life — some famous names, some working behind the scenes — being grilled on a subject very few of them will have ever spoken before in detail: how they wield power and authority, where they draw their strength and confidence for public speaking, what they’ve learned from their biggest career setbacks and what “owning the room” means in their world. Guests on her podcast include Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Mary Beard, Nigella Lawson, Monica Galletti, Elizabeth Day, Cerys Matthews and Catherine Tate to name but a few.
“Plenty of tips and tricks… The most valuable lesson is that, in Groskop’s words, ‘You don’t have to be a great speaker to give an amazing speech.’” (Sunday Times Style magazine)
Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane, on How to Write
Thursday 17th November, 7pm-8pm, The Casterbridge Room
£10 per person
Join award-winning author, journalist, and creative writing tutor Lucy Atkins for a lively and invigorating discussion on her bestselling book Magpie Lane. Lucy will explore the theme of Literary Ghosts in Magpie Lane and share her top tips on how she writes. There’ll also be a peek at what’s to come in her new book Windmill Hill.
Magpie Lane was picked as one of the best novels of the year by the Guardian, Telegraph, Good Housekeeping and BBC Radio 4 Open Book.
Lucy is also a tutor on the Creative Writing Masters degree at the University of Oxford, has judged the Costa Book Awards and has written for the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, and Sunday Express.
‘Magpie Lane, the word-of-mouth success. . .Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff‘ – the Guardian
Barbara J Hunt, Forgiveness Made Easy
Thursday 24th November, 7pm-8pm, The Casterbridge Room
£10 per person
Join us for a very special talk with forgiveness enthusiast, speaker, and workshop leader, Barbara J Hunt. Barbara will be discussing her bestselling book Forgiveness Made Easy, her revolutionary guide to moving beyond your past and truly letting go.
“Mostly misunderstood, overlooked and sorely underutilised, forgiveness has the phenomenal potential to enhance our wellbeing, our relationships and our world.
When we don’t forgive, our hearts weigh heavy with unacknowledged pain and resentments from the past that seem impossible to shift and subtly impact every area of our lives.
When you forgive, you free yourself from making your happiness depend on what another person does or doesn’t do.”