John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

Mark Mitchels
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 20 Jun 18

(Rearranged from March 14)
Tickets £5.00 Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The man who gave his queen 'a glorious victory' is considered to be England's finest general. Even the Duke of Wellington acknowledged his supremacy. Mark will tell the story of this charismatic man who began his career in the royal bedrooms!

RHS Gardens, Wisley

Tue, 26 Jun 18
8.30am. - 6.00pm.

Fully booked, waiting list in operation.

Enjoy a day at Wisley - flagship of the Royal Horticultural Society and one of the UK's most visited and best loved gardens, covering 240 acres. Highlights include the Glasshouse, Battleston Hill, the Rock Gardens, and the wonderful water gardens of "Seven Acres". Cost £30 per person

National Gallery: Monet & Architecture

Tue, 24 Jul 18
8.30am. - 6.00pm.

waiting list in operation

Visit the first Monet-only exhibition in the UK for almost 20 years. Spanning the artist's long career from it's beginnings in the mid-1860's to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912, the exhibition offers a completely new angle on one of the greatest painters of all time. Cost £35 per person.

Stamford & Deene Park (Northants.)

Wed, 15 Aug 18
8.30 am. - 6.00pm.

Time to explore, and have lunch in, the attractive market town of Stamford before visiting Deene Park, the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years - including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade. A guided tour of the house is included, with free time to explore the gardens. Cost £30 per person.


British Jazz Explored

Martin Hathaway

Reading Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sun, 24 Jun 18
15.00 - 16.30

Tickets £8 (£7 for Institute Members)

Part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival

An illustrated lecture providing a whistle-stop tour of British jazz since the war, including Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton, Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, Norma Winstone, John Surman, Courtney Pine, Loose Tubes, the young British jazz 'collectives', Yazz Ahmed and many more!

Martin Hathaway, saxophonist, composer and educator, is a highly respected member of the British jazz scene and professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has performed with many of the country’s leading musicians including Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick, Stacey Kent and several Dankworths.

An Evening with the Harbour Lights Trio

Reading Room

Wed, 27 Jun 18
19.00 - 21.00

Tickets £9 (Institute Members £7.50)

Enjoy a performance by local band Harbour Lights in the atmospheric surroundings of the Reading Room.

Harbour Lights' material will feature local traditional songs and tunes and they will talk about the historical development of some of their favourite instruments - concertina, melodeon, cello, harmonica and guitar.

Be prepared for some audience participation!

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Laura James

Reading Room, 15 Tavern Street

Thu, 05 Jul 18

Tickets £8 on the door (£4 SBL members)

Laura James, a businesswoman, publishing editor, PR consultant and mother of four, was diagnosed with autism at 45. Odd Girl Out draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in light of her diagnosis, answering the question: 'what do you do when you wake up in your forties and realise you've been living a lie your whole life'

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Sarah Perry

Reading Room

Mon, 10 Sep 18

Tickets £8 on the door (£4 SBL members)

Sarah Perry is the author of two novels. After Me Comes the Flood was published in 2014, followed by The Essex Serpent in 2016, which was nominated for the 2016 Costa Book Awards and named Waterstones Book of the Year. It was also on the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Told with exquisite grave and intelligence, the novel is a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.