This is the US cover of my latest companion book to the internationally successful television show, Downton Abbey. As the fifth season unfolds across the world, I shall be delivering talks to audiences in the UK and the US (represented by APB Speakers), giving insight into the real-life inspiration behind the show whether drawn from history or tales from my family – the show’s creator and writer, Julian Fellowes, is my uncle.
A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey, the title of the book and my new series of keynote presentations, contains seasonal celebrations, traditions and recipes as well as a guided tour behind the scenes. As I examine how the year in a country house in 1924 unfurls, I look at our favourite characters and explore the world they lived in.
My first companion books The World of Downton Abbey and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey were both bestsellers in the UK, USA and Canada. They have been translated into several languages – the show itself has been exported to around 220 territories around the globe.
In America, I have given a series of talks for PBS stations in Florida and Jacksonville, the University of Iowa. the University of Central Florida, the Women Like Us Foundation, the Winterthur Museum in Wlimington, at the beautiful resort of Sea Island and numerous others from Atlanta to Colorado – please see Calendar of Events for up to date information on what’s planned. Bookings are currently being taken for my Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 tours.
In the UK, I deliver talks for literary festivals across the year, whether in Cheltenham or Scarborough, as well as specially-tailored talks for some of Britain’s greatest country houses and hotels, including Stapleford Park, Woburn Abbey, Chewton Glen and The Cadogan.
I also give talks for visiting groups of Americans in London, usually as part of an itinerary that takes in several of England’s most beautiful stately homes. Institutions such as the Royal Academy of Art have also booked me for presentations, as has the event organiser club BNC. Literary groups and writers’ conferences have also booked me as their keynote speaker.
As well as talking about Downton Abbey, I enjoy chairing debate panels and interviewing other authors and persons of note. Stella Rimington, former Director General of MI5, was a notably fascinating interviewee.
For my presentations, I deliver a 35-40 minute talk, including clips and images from the show, followed by a Q&A with the audience. I am always happy to stay on for a book signing.
Event Organisers: Please note that ‘Downton Abbey’ is a trademark name and must be used with care.
Interview with Carol Wallace, author of ‘How To Marry An English Lord’ at The Strand Bookstore, New York.
Rick Schneider, President, WPBT: Jessica Fellowes was delightful as the speaker for our Downton Abbey events. She included historical perspective along with behind-the-scenes tidbits from the series. Her research of the era and intimate knowledge of the program make her an informative and entertaining expert. She was very gracious about engaging with people before and after the presentation. Our guests loved her!
Michael Boylan, President & CEO, WJCT Public Programming: Thank you for being so very gracious with your time and attention. You brought remarkable insight to the Downton Abbey series. Numerous guests of the luncheon here and the Sea Island events have gone out of their way to express their appreciation to WJCT. Your visit served us well.
Peoria Public Library: We had a fantastic time with Jessica Fellowes! She is a wonderful speaker and our guests were incredibly pleased with the program. Her talk was the perfect length for our audience and she was very gracious in her answers to their questions. She also posed for many pictures. Personally, I found her to be very warm, easy-going, and a lot of fun to be around. Thank you for helping us make this program a success. I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Loose Gravel Press, Atlanta: It was nothing short of spectacular. Not an inch short. Fellowes was a delight from the moment she arrived to the moment I shipped her back to the UK. We sold out and there wasn’t a person there who didn’t absolutely love it.
Pat Miller, Director, Lectures Programme, Iowa State University: Jessica Fellowes was a great success and Downton Abbey fans packed our Great Hall – everyone from college students to older community members. The audience really enjoyed the history, additional details and insights she provided, as well as her wit and warmth. The exchanges during the question and answer period was particularly entertaining. She then signed books, took more questions and posed for pictures late into the evening. And we ran out of books! Smiles all around – a delightful evening!
For UK bookings, please contact me directly on email: jess at jessicafellowes dot com
For US bookings, please contact Katlyn Townsend at APB: email@example.com