Cityread 2017

Posted on: 21st April 2017

Cover of book ProphecyCityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital.  

Each April, Cityread picks a book as the focus of the festival.  This year the focal book of the festival is ‘Prophecy’ by S.J. Parris.  

Ealing Libraries is marking the festival with two talks being held at Ealing Central Library.  Click on one of the links below to find out more information: 

About the book

Photo of author SJ ParrisProphecy is a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller, focused on the plot against Elizabeth to put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne.  Set in 1583 its protagonist is the real life shadowy Giordano Bruno, an Italian "monk, scientist, philosopher, and magician" and excommunicated heretic.

S. J. Parris is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt.  Her fascination with Tudor England and Renaissance Europe has helped her to her to write her bestselling series of historical thrillers. Stephanie has also worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of media outlets.


Elizabethan London with Nick Dobson

Noted historian Nick Dobson talks about Elizabethan London.  His talk will help you to imagine a picture of the capital - the politics, the toil of working life, the effect of trade, religion, politics and empire - as it would have looked in the world of ‘Prophecy’.

This FREE talk on Tuesday 18th April from 5:00 – 6:00pm at Ealing Central Library is the ideal starting point to explore the Citryread event and the festival book.

If you want to learn more about the Cityread project and other festival highlights across London, further information can be found on their website www.cityread.london.


Sixteen Century Ealing with Dr Jonathan Oates

Ealing Libraries Historian Dr Jonathan Oates - writer of many local history books including ‘Ealing: A Concise History’ and ‘Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing’ - looks at the jigsaw puzzle of local history in the sixteenth century context in order to shed light on a period well known for court intrigue, theatre and sea battles.

Join us on the evening of Thursday 27th April from 6:15 – 7:30pm for a FREE talk about Ealing in a time when London helped to fuel England’s growth in strength and power as it fought other European empires for worldwide domination.

Further information regarding how the Local History Centre can help you with your local history enquiries, family tree research, listings of local history books available to buy and planned future talks can be found on their information page.