Reading Retreat

Bungay, Suffolk November 2017

Our venue this month was a beautiful pink Suffolk house buried deep in the countryside, filled with character, creaky floors, latch doors and a roaring fire.  We huddled down and revelled in the warmth, letting the rain beat against the windows.  Our reader's many books included, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig; The Power by Naomi Alderman; Munich by Robert Harris and Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.  When the rain let off, there were walks to the local village and then to the nearby micro brewery. 

Our chosen author this weekend was Guinevere Glasfurd, whose debut novel The Words In My Hand, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.  Guin joined us for dinner on Saturday and shared with us the books and authors who have shaped and influenced her as a writer.  Food and refreshments flowed and many, many pages turned.  Here is what one of our readers had to say...


"I’ve been to lots of retreats over the last few years - generally for writing - but this was the most luxurious, indulgent, well-catered weekend I’ve ever spent. They really had thought of everything - goody bags full of wonderful gifts, spare essentials in case you forgot to pack anything, reading lights for borrowing, and an amazing range of food, to suit any dietary requirements. As someone with diabetes, I’m used to organisers just assuming I won’t have dessert, and that I’ll forego snacking, which is always rather depressing. Here, though, there were cheese plates to round off each delicious meal, low sugar muesli for breakfast, and both low sugar and savoury snacks, so I felt very well looked-after."