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For lovers of good books and creative expression


Welcome to the Sherborne Literary Society website. We hope you enjoy your visit. You can now access all Society  and Event information in one place, as well as purchase/renew your Membership and read the latest Book Reviews.




We are pleased to announce that we have two amazing speakers in the next two months, Ysenda Maxtone Graham (see "OUR NEXT EVENT" opposite) and then, on 15th November, Richard Morton Jack talks about his biography of singer-songwriting genius, Nick Drake. Full details on our Events page.



For Sherborne Literary Society, April 2023 came with our biggest, most exciting event for many moons - the Sherborne Travel Writing Festival. It was such a success that we have decided to hold a similar event in April 2024. Watch this space!


Unfortunately, rising costs have meant that, for the first time in many years, we have had to increase ticket prices. Events within our main programme of talks are now £10 (£12 for non-members) and our smaller talks to £7.50 (£8.50 non-members). We believe these prices remain exceptional value.

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Ysenda Maxtone Graham 

Jobs for the Girls

On Weds, October 111h we are thrilled to be able to present Ysenda Maxtone Graham in conversation with our own Rosie Cunningham about Ysenda's new book Jobs for the Girls.

Jobs for the Girls is a detailed portrait of working women in Britain from 1950 onwards.  Ysenda explores the wider social history of female employment, providing a different perspective on women in the workplace.  The book analyses the working lives of women across all sections of society – from roles requiring aprons, overalls and uniforms to cardigans and pearls, to the era of mini-skirts and bottom-pinching to shoulder pads and the ping of the first emails in the 1990s.  Based on extensive research and personal interviews, it’s a thought-provoking insight into the different working lives of women in Britain and the work environment for women today.

Ysenda is a highly regarded feature writer, reviewer and columnist, writing for a range of national newspapers and magazines.  She is the author of six books, including Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding Schools, 1939-1979 and the Sunday Times bestseller, British Summer Time Begins: The School Summer Holidays, 1930-1980.  

We are also excited to be able to enjoy a totally new venue for Sherborne Literary Society; Susie Watson Designs at 28 Cheap St, Sherborne. 

Tickets available from Winstone's Bookshop and through Eventbrite. Because of limited space at the venue, you are advised to purchase tickets in advance.


See our events page for details of our full programme, times, venues and tickets.


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Sherborne Literary Society exists to:

Raise the profile of reading

Provide a forum for the local area's aspiring writers and give access to established ones.

Raise the profile of writing

Create an interest in books among young audiences and continue to inspire older ones.

Meet and share new ideas

Bring together national and local authors to discuss their writing and share inspiration.

Encourage creative expression

Demonstrate the fun and creativity associated with the written word in all forms.

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