On now: visit the fascinating London Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane and you can see my Downton Abbey-themed exhibition of beautiful silver for a Butler’s Pantry, Christmas Dining Table and Lady’s Dressing Table. Uncle Julian Fellowes (the show’s creator and writer) and Gareth Neame (producer) came along to take a look too!
In January, I kick off a USA Winter tour – I hope to see you in one of these places…!
January 16th: WNIN Downton Abbey Gala, Evansville, IN. Watch this space for details.
January 22nd: 10am and 11am: Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival, Rancho Mirage, CA. One thousand tickets already sold for two Downton Abbey talks (plus lots of other fabulous writers appearing). Try and get one more ticket here!
January 22nd: 7pm: I’ll be dashing straight over to the Newport Public Library Beach Foundation, Newport Beach, CA. Tickets here.
January 23rd: 8pm: Sunset Cultural Centre, Carmel, CA. Lecture of two halves (‘At Home With The Family’ and ‘Behind The Green Baize Door’) – plenty of audience interaction too! Tickets here.
January 28th: 7pm: The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, FL. Lecture and booksigning, just 45 minutes from Palm Beach. Tickets here.
January 29th: 12.30pm: Junior League of Sarasota (‘Women building better communities’), Sarasota, FL. Presentation and Q&A. Tickets here.
January 30th: 6.30pm: Terra Terroir Restaurant, Atlanta, GA. Gourmet dinner and wine in this perfectly Downtonesque-setting – I’m returning for the third year to this successful event. Limited spaces. Tickets here.
January 31st: 3pm: McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn, IL. Hitting Chicago (the city where the ‘Dressing Downton‘ exhibition is being held) with this first post-luncheon lecture and signing. Tickets here.
February 1st: 3pm: University of Massachussets-Boston, Boston, MA. Lecture with Q&A to follow, and book-signing.
February 4th, 5th & 6th: Various times. I return to the glorious resort of Sea Island, GA, for an extravaganza of Downton Abbey-inspired events, and am joined this year by the on-set historical advisor Alastair Bruce, the costume designer Anna Robbins and more exciting names to be announced…! The events are open to hotel guests and members only but you can find more information here.
February 7th, 8th, 9th: 6.30pm each evening. In partnership with Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL (hosting with ‘Dressing Downton‘ exhibition), I will be interviewed by Geoffrey Baer, the WTTW PBS Station guru, followed by book-signings, at various VIP donor events. Invitation only.
March 14 Ladies’ Lunch at Alexander Hotel & Utopia Spa, West Sussex, England.
Downton Abbey: A Celebration talk, with a copy of the book for each guest. See here for more details: Alexander Hotel
24th January Ocean County Library, Tom’s River, New Jersey. Open to all, details HERE [abbey.theoceancountylibrary.org].
29/30/31 January, Sea Island, Georgia. Up Close & Personal Dinner with ‘Lady Edith’ (Laura Carmichael), ‘Molesley’ (Kevin Doyle) and ‘Baxter’ (Raquel Cassidy), Treasure Hunt, Costume Party and Screening. Open to hotel residents. Details HERE [seaisland.com].
5th February University of Central Arkanasa, Little Rock, Arkansas. Open to the public, students go free. Details HERE [uca.edu]
7th February Terra Terroir, Atlanta, Georgia. For a Downton Abbey inspired dinner & talk, see HERE [terraterroir.com].
8th February UNM Center for the Arts, Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets HERE [popjoypresents.com]
9th February KLRU-TV, Austin, Texas at Hotel Ella.
26th February Downton Abbey talk and lunch at Blenheim Palace. Tickets available.
27th March Downton Abbey talk and lunch at Cliveden House. Tickets available.
15th September Gourmet 3-course lunch at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir: tickets available
17 September Prizegiving and address at Reading Blue Coat School
3 October Henley Literary Festival. 3pm at Fawley Court. Tickets HERE
4 October Cheltenham Literary Festival. 6.45pm. With producer Gareth Neame, costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins and cast members Jim Carter and Elizabeth McGovern. Tickets HERE
7 October Tuckahoe Women’s Club, Richmond VA
8 October Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich MA: 6-9.30pm Details and tickets HERE
10 October Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto. Shows at 2pm and 7.30pm. Details and tickets HERE
Saturday 5 December, 3-5pm. Afternoon tea at London’s Athenaeum Hotel with Look Fabulous Forever – buy tickets with friends to end a day’s shopping in the West End with a makeover and talk on the real-life inspirations behind Downton Abbey, just ahead of the series last ever episode.
17th December: GPB in Atlanta, GA. Huge Downton Abbey-inspired gala, with a premier screening of the first episode of the sixth series. Period costume encouraged! BUY TICKETS HERE.
5th National Press Club, 6.30pm, Washington DC, USA
6th Honorary Chair for Delaware Antiques Show, Winterthur Museum – Gala Evening
7th Keynote Lecture for Delaware Antiques Show, 10am, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, USA
12th Salon London at High Road House, 7-9pm. Members can book here.
28th Lunch and talk at Cliveden Country House & Hotel. Tickets available here.
13th Guildfood Book Festival. Marble Hall, Clandon Park, 11am. With ‘elevenses’ and parlour games. Tickets £14.
28th Publication date for ‘A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey’ in the USA and Canada – buy here!
29th Canterbury Literary Festival. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, 5.30pm. Tickets £9.
5th Keynote speaker for 40th Annual Kaleidoscope, hosted by Sparrow Foundation and Women Working Wonders in East Lansing, Michigan, USA
17th Appearance on ITV’s Lorraine Show, as part of their ‘Downton Week’. Tune in between 8.35am and 8.50am to catch me!
19th Sandra West Memorial luncheon at Tulsa Town Hall’s 80th speaker series in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
21st Fifth season of ‘Downton Abbey’ begins! See the trailer here.
21st Private dinner and talk for Noteworthy Events, London
25th Publication date for ‘A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey’ in the UK – buy here!
28th Private luncheon and talk for Ken Ward and guests at Byfleet Manor, Sussex
8th A discussion on memoirs with author and Salonniere Damian Barr, as part of socialbookweek.com
3rd Talk for the Wilmington Trust at Winterthur Museum, with an exhibition of Downton Abbey costumes, Delaware.
8th Interview with Viv Groskop, artistic director of the Bath Literary Festival
William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey
17-19th At Sea Island with Allen Leech (aka Tom Branson)
26th Douglas County Libraries, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
31st Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
1st Cambridge Wordfest, talk with Downton Abbey producer, Liz Trubridge
28th Sainsbury’s charity lunch, near Portsmouth at Macdonald Botley Park Hotel
1st Talk for Library Literary Society, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
3rd Talk for the Women Like Us Foundation, Indianapolis, USA
4th Talk for the Loose Gravel Press, Atlanta, USA
11th Talk for visiting group with Ken Ward Events, London
26th Talk for Salon North: History Festival, Harrogate, UK
2nd Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
3rd Talk for Multicultural Scholars, visiting group to London
9th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
16th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
22nd Private talk for visiting group of Americans in London
23rd Tea with the winner of the VisitBritain/Masterpiece competition
24th Talk for the Sevenoaks’ Literary Lunch. Tickets here.
25th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Special charity event for the Chelsea Pensioners.
26th Judging for the Gladstone Library Writers-in-Residence 2014
28th Talk for PBS at the Peoria Public Library in Illiinois, USA
30th Talk at University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA
1-17th Rory Fellowes’s play, A Victorian Eye, at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London. Tickets £20 or £15 if you book before June 30.
5th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
19th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
1st Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
8th Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
17th Afternoon Tea and Downton Abbey talk at Woburn Abbey. Tickets available.
22nd Afternoon tea and Downton Abbey talk with Q&A at The Cadogan Hotel, London. Tickets here.
22nd 5pm. Masterclass on research for a non-fiction work, Winchester Writers’ Conference. Tickets available.
22nd After dinner speech, Winchester Writers’ Conference
2nd Interview with Sophie Cornish, co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com, for SJdB & Partners breakfast at Carlton Club, private event
7th 8pm Interviewing Stella Rimington, Swindon Literary Festival
10th Talk for the US Academic Travel Abroad Group in London, private event
9th Talk at a WPBT gala dinner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
10th Talk at a WPBT gala dinner, Palm Beach, Florida
11th Talk at a WPBT gala dinner, Coral Gables, Florida
12th Talk at a luncheon, Jupiter Island, Florida
13th Attendance at a WJCT dinner, Sea Island, Georgia
14th Talk at a WJCT gala dinner, Sea Island, Georgia
15th Talk at the WJCT studios in aid of the Pace Centre for Girls, Jacksonville, Florida
16th ‘The Women of Downton Abbey’ talk at Iowa State University, Des Moines, Iowa
30th Q&A with Alec Mumford at The BNC Grand Dinner, The Royal Horseguards
14th 6pm Talk at Kensington & Chelsea Library, tickets £5
10th Talk at Ways With Words, Southwold
13th The Chronicles of Downton Abbey publication date in US, published by Macmillan
14th Book Lovers Supper Club, Ditchling, Sussex
16th Appearance at London’s Ideal Home Show, Earl’s Court
18th In Conversation at Chorleywood Bookshop
28th Times+ Event at Cadogan Hall with me, Julian Fellowes (writer), Gareth Neame (producer) and key cast member. Chaired by John Witherow, editor of The Sunday Times
28th To New York to publicise The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and promote my work with the fashion brand, Belstaff
29th 3.30pm-5.30pm In-store signing and cream tea at Belstaff, Madison Avenue
29th 6pm-7pm In Conversation with Gail McCall, author of To Marry An English Lord, at The Strand bookstore
29th 8pm Dinner held by CEO of Belstaff, Harry Slatkin, at his home to celebrate my literary collaboration with his company
30th 3.30pm-5.30pm In-store signing and cream tea at Belstaff, Madison Avenue
30th 8pm Signing at Book Revue, Long Island
3rd Talk for the members of the Malvern Writers Circle
4th Talk for the Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club at the Royal Geographical Society
7th Cheltenham Literary Festival, ‘Women of Downton’ with me, Liz Trubridge (producer), Caroline McCall (costumer designer), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes). Chaired by Kirsty Lang of R4
9th MAIL ON SUNDAY, Part One serialisation of The Chronicles of Downton Abbey
13th The Chronicles of Downton Abbey publication day, UK
12th Interview with Sarah Walker on BBC Radio Berkshire, 3pm
16th MAIL ON SUNDAY, Part Two serialisation of The Chronicles of Downton Abbey
18th Tea with the winners of the VisitBritain competition (yes, I’m a prize…)
21st Talk at Highclere Castle for Members of the Royal Academy SOLD OUT
25th Chairing a literary debate for members of SJDB & Partners PRIVATE EVENT
29th, Co-host of Salon London‘s Pop Up event as part of the National Theatre’s Inside Out Festival.
6th, 12.20pm, Talk Radio Europe. Interview on Spain’s biggest English-speaking station on Is There A Psycho In Your Life?
3rd, 12 noon. Charleston Literary Festival Talking with Juliet Nicolson on the topic of ‘High Society’, interviewed by Imogen Lycett-Green.
15th, 5pm. Scarborough Literary Festival. Talking about The World of Downton Abbey.
2nd, 12 noon. Theatre Royal, Bath. Interview and talk on The World of Downton Abbey.
10th, 11.30am. Words by the Water. A talk at Theatre by the Lake on The World of Downton Abbey.
13th, 12 noon. The Oldie Literary Lunch, ten minute talk following PD James and Sam Leith.