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To request an event with Alison Weir, please go to the Contact page. Requests for events should be sent directly to Alison or to her publicists at Penguin Random House or Headline.



5th May
6.30pm: Drinks and nibbles
7pm: Presentation
Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London
Launch event on the publication day of KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit http://www.foyles.co.uk/events from 18th March.



6th May
7.30pm
Peterborough Cathedral
The Cathedral, the last resting place of Katherine of Aragon, will host an event to mark the official launch of the first book in the Six Tudor Queens series:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets, which cost £11 (£5.50 for under 18s) and include a glass of wine or a soft drink, are available at http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/alison-weir, or by calling the Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, the Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, or in person at the Peterborough Cathedral Shop. 



7th May
6pm
The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk
Event for Red Rose Chain, in conjunction with their new production of Shakespeare's 'Richard III':
RICHARD III: THE MAN AND THE MYTH



For tickets please visit http://redrosechain.com/shakespeares-richard-iii/ or call the box office on 01473 603388



8th May
2.30pm
Honeywood Museum, Carshalton, Surrey:
Alison will be signing copies of KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN at the Honeywood Bookfest. The Friends of Honeywood are holding the BookFest over the weekend, selling second hand books and some new books. There will be lots of book-related activities with crafts and storytelling.



Just turn up and say hello!



9th May ***SOLD OUT***
6.30pm for 7pm
The Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
Event to launch KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN


 
Historic Royal Palaces Members can book tickets by telephoning 020 3166 6327 and pressing 3; telephone lines are open Monday-Friday 09.00 - 17.00. Or members can visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/support-us/individuals/membership/events-for-members/.



10th May
11.30am
Hatchards of Piccadilly, London: Book Signing
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Just turn up!



11th May
7.30pm
The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick
Event in conjunction with the exhibition Shakespeare 400: History, Heritage & Faith:
RICHARD III: THE MAN AND THE MYTH



For tickets, please email events@stmaryswarwick.org.uk, or call 01926-403940, option 1, or visit www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk or Twitter: @StMarysWarwick.



12th May
7pm
St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Event for Waterstones Bury St Edmunds Arc Shopping Centre:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets are available as follows: in store: Waterstones Bury St Edmunds Arc Shopping Centre, 1 Gosnold Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FB, or at Waterstones Bury St Edmunds Buttermarket, 36a Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3DW; by telephone on 01284 750726 (Arc) or 01284 750877 (Buttermarket); or online at www.waterstones.com/events.



13th May
1pm
Ipswich Town Hall, Suffolk
Event for the BooksEast Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN


 
For tickets please contact the Ipswich Regent Box Office at www.ipswichregent.co.uk or call 01473 433100.



14th May
11.30am
The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester
Event for the Winchester Speakers' Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN


 
For tickets, please call 0333 666 3366.



15th May
3pm
The Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, Kent
Event for the Whitstable Literary Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets are available from the Horsebridge box office at http://www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk/ or on 01227 281174.



17th May
7.15pm
Bookmark, Spalding, Lincs.
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets please call Bookmark Spalding on 01775 769231 or email enquiries@bookmark-spalding.co.uk.



18th May
7pm
York Central Library
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please call Waterstones, York, on 01904 620784



20th May
6.30pm
Waterstones, Birmingham High Street Branch
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please call 0121 633 4353, or visit Twitter @WaterstonesBham. Tickets can also be bought in store.



22nd May
7.30pm
St Nicholas Church, Bramber, Sussex
Event for the Steyning Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please call the Steyning Bookshop on 01903 812062.



24th May
7pm
The Collection Museum, Lincoln
Event for Lindum Books:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets, which cost £4, are available from Lindum Books on 01522 26234 or from The Collection box office on 01522 782040.



25th May ***ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT***
6.30pm
Dragon Hall, Norwich
Event for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets, which go on sale in the spring, will be available through the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website at http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/.



31st May
7pm
Hay-on-Wye
Event for the Hay Festival
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets please visit http://www.hayfestival.org



1st June
7pm
The Priory, Monmouth
Event for Rossiter Books:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS



For tickets please contact Rossiter Books at Monmouth on 01600 775572 or at Ross-on-Wye on 01989564464, or online via rossiterbooks.co.uk.



2nd June
7pm
The Perse School, Cambridge
Event for the Sick Children's Trust Cambridge Fundraising Committee:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN


 
Tickets cost £10 each, to include a glass of wine. Please contact The Sick Children’s Trust Cambridge Fundraising Committee, c/o Susan Evans, 1 The Manor, Herringswell, Suffolk IP28 6SH or email glazebrc@doctors.org.uk.



4th June
3pm
The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London
Event for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/



5th June
2.30pm
The Bear Hotel, Devizes
Event for the Devizes Arts Festival
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets will be on sale at www.devizesfestival.co.uk at the end of March to Friends of the Festival, and in April to the general public.



6th June
11.30am
Salisbury Arts Centre
Event for the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit https://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk/editorial.php?ref=booking-information



7th June
3pm
Chapter One Bookshop, Woodley, Berkshire
Short talk and discussion over tea and refreshements:
SIX TUDOR QUEENS



For tickets, please visit Chapter One Bookshop, 136 Crockhamwell Road, Woodley, RG5 3JH, or call 01189 448 883, or visit chapteronewoodley@gmail.com



7th June
7.30pm
Waterstones Windsor



For tickets, please visit Waterstones Bookshop, Windsor, or call 01753 856456.



8th June
7.15pm
The QUAD Arts Centre, Derby
Event for the Derby Book Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets please telephone 01332 290606 or book online from the Festival website at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk.
 


12th June
5pm
St Laurence's Church, Ludlow
Event for the Ludlow Summer Arts Festival:
ARTHUR AND KATHERINE, PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES



Tickets can be purchased in person at Ludlow Assembly Rooms; by phone on 01584 878141; online at  www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk; or on the door 30 minutes before the talk begins.  



23rd June
7pm
Sutton Library, Surrey
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN


 
For tickets, please email macleod.patricia@gmail.com.



25th June
7pm
The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe, Suffolk
Event for the Felixstowe Book Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



Tickets are available through the Festival website at http://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/.



9th July
7.30pm
St Peter's Church, St Albans
Event for the St Albans Literary Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit www.stalbansliteraryfestival.co.uk.



12th July
7pm
Princess Alexandra Hall, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London
Panel event for the Royal Over-Seas League Literary Series 2016:
WRITING HISTORY



How does one write history? The relationship between fact and fiction has long been a complicated labyrinth, but in writing the battle seems to find new fuel. Giants from the past are often so compelling that the temptation to write and embroider their stories is overwhelming… but how much artistic licence can authors lay claim to?  And equally, how fair is it for an audience and a reader to hold a writer hostage to one specific interpretation of the past?

In this exciting panel discussion with some of the country’s leading historians and historical authors, the subject of writing history will be thoroughly investigated. From the writer’s initial research to the words on the page, they will explore the process of interpreting the past and divulge the challenges of re-writing history.

For tickets - £12 ROSL Members, £15 General public - please call 0207 408 0214 ext. 219, or email roslarts@rosl.org.uk



16th August
10am
The Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Event for the Edinburgh International Book Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets please visit https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/.



19th August
7.30pm
Anne of Cleves House, Lewes, Sussex
Fundraising event for the Friends of Anne of Cleves House:
THE MISTRESSES OF HENRY VIII


 
For tickets, please email annacrabtree1@hotmail.com.



22nd September
6.30pm
Oadby Library, Leicester
ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, BY THE WRATH OF GOD QUEEN OF ENGLAND



For tickets, please call 0116 305 8763 during library opening hours or email mark.newman@leics.gov.uk



29th September
7pm
Old Town Hall, Richmond
Event for the Richmond Heritage Festival:
SIX TUDOR QUEENS



For tickets, which will go on sale in summer 2016, please visit www.richmond.gov.uk/localstudies.



1st October
2pm
Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Isles
Event for the Jersey Festival of Words:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org.



4th October
7.30pm
Event for the Ripon International Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit www.riponinternationalfestival.com



6th October
2pm
The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick
Event for the Warwick Words History Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01926 334418 or visit www.warwickwords.co.uk.



9th October
7pm
The Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle
Event for the Borderlines Book Festival, Carlisle:
SIX TUDOR QUEENS



For tickets, please visit www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk/, or purchase in person at the Bookends Bookshop. (They are moving premises, so from May their address will be Bookends, 17-19 Castle St, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8SY.)



15th October
11am
Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham
Event for the Durham Book Festival:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS



Tickets will be on sale from 10th August via www.durhambookfestival.com.



20th October
6pm or 6.30pm (tbc)
The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset
Event for the Wells Festival of Literature:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS



For tickets, on sale in July, please visit  www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk.  



21st October
6pm
The Victorian Gallery, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
Event for the Dorchester Literary Festival:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS



For tickets please visit www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com or http://www.visit-dorset.com/tourist-information-centres/dorchester-tourist-information-centre-p472833.



23rd October
6pm
The Manor Hotel, Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset
Event for the Yeovil Literary Festival:
KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please contact the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, on 01935 422884 or visit www.ocatgon-theatre.co.uk, from late May.



24th October
7.30pm
The Compass Theatre, Ickenham, Middlesex
Event for Hillingdon Libraries' Culture Bite Festival:
SIX TUDOR QUEENS



For tickets, please visit http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/culture



9th November
2.30pm
Westover Farm, Goodworth Clatford, near Andover, Hampshire
Event for the Books at the Barn Festival:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS/KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN



For tickets, please visit www.booksatthebarn.co.uk.



11th November
8.15pm
The SCILL Centre, Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, Surrey
Event for Sutton Writers:
WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION


 
Writing historical fiction can afford an author an exhilarating sense of freedom: in historian Alison Weir’s case, it was liberating not to have to limit herself to what she could infer from contemporary sources. Yet she feels strongly that historical novelists have a great responsibility towards their readers. History does not always record people`s motives, emotions and reactions, or the intimate details of their relationships or love lives, so there is plenty of scope for invention there – and Alison confesses to having been quite inventive in that respect! Even so, she feels that historical novels should be credible within the context of what is known about their subjects. In her talk, Alison will offer some firm views on the art of writing historical fiction, share advice she has been given by experienced editors over the years, and talk about her new series of novels on the six wives of Henry VIII.
 
To book please email SuttonWriters@yahoo.com. Tickets for non-members are £4, which will be deducted from the membership fee if they join Sutton Writers within two months.



17th November
7.30pm
Winchester Discovery Centre
Joint event with Nicola Tallis for the Hampshire Cultural Trust and the University of Winchester:
ROYAL BLOOD: TREASON AND TRAGEDY IN TUDOR ENGLAND:
ANNE BOLEYN AND LADY JANE GREY



Booking details to come.



24th November
7.30pm
Honeywood Museum, Carshalton, Surrey
Event for the Friends of Honeywood Museum:
RICHARD III: THE MAN AND THE MYTH



For tickets, please call Susan Hoskin on 0208 642 4778 or email susan.hoskin@gmail.com.



7th December
8pm
St Mary's Community Hall, Hampton, Middlesex
Private event for the Hampton Society:
HENRY VIII: KING AND COURT




2017


9th October
12.30pm
Hotel L’Horizon, St Brelade’s Bay, Jersey, Channel Isles
Private event for the Jersey Ladies Literary Luncheon Club:
ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, BY THE WRATH OF GOD QUEEN OF ENGLAND




17th October (tbc)
7.30pm
United Reformed Church, New Street, Great Dunmow, Essex
Event for Dunmow Historical and Literary Society:
THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS



For tickets, please telephone Sue Gould on O1371872552/07875009101



Events are being planned for

Toppings Book Shop, St Andrews (17th August)
Bosworth Battlefield (20th/21st August, tbc)
The Chiswick Book Festival (17th September)
Gloucester History Festival (18th September)
The Oldie Literary Lunch, Rye (21st September)
The Morley Arts Festival, Leeds (3rd October, tbc)
The Cheltenham Literature Festival (12 October)
The Folkestone Book Festival (25th November)
Gainsborough Old Hall (2017)