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!

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Coming soon: 

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. 


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.



24th January Ocean County Library, Tom’s River, New Jersey. Open to all, details HERE [].

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 [].

5th February University of Central Arkanasa, Little Rock, Arkansas. Open to the public, students go free. Details HERE []

7th February Terra Terroir, Atlanta, Georgia. For a Downton Abbey inspired dinner & talk, see HERE [].

8th February UNM Center for the Arts, Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets HERE []

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

December 2014

2nd Downton Abbey talk and Q&A at Tramp, hosted by Victor, the private jet charter.6.30-8.30pm.

November 2014

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.

October 2014

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.


Tulsa stage

September 2014

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

May 2014

8th A discussion on memoirs with author and Salonniere Damian Barr, as part of

April 2014

3rd Talk for the Wilmington Trust at Winterthur Museum, with an exhibition of Downton Abbey costumes, Delaware.

March 2014

8th Interview with Viv Groskop, artistic director of the Bath Literary Festival

8th Talk on the years before the Great War through the Downton prism, part of the LIII Salon London alongside Lucinda Hawksley and Odette Toilette

February 2014

William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey

January 2014

17-19th At Sea Island with Allen Leech (aka Tom Branson)

26th Douglas County Libraries, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

29th Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, Indianopolis – event happening at the Palladium in the Centre for Performing Arts. Tickets available here.

31st Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

December 2013

1st Cambridge Wordfest, talk with Downton Abbey producer, Liz Trubridge

November 2013

28th Sainsbury’s charity lunch, near Portsmouth at Macdonald Botley Park Hotel

October 2013

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

September 2013

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

August 2013

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.

July 2013

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.

June 2013

22nd 5pm. Masterclass on research for a non-fiction work, Winchester Writers’ Conference. Tickets available.

22nd After dinner speech, Winchester Writers’ Conference

May 2013

2nd Interview with Sophie Cornish, co-founder of, 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

April 2013

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

March 2013

13th Chairing a literary debate with Damian Barr, Eugenie Furniss and Mark Smith, private event

14th 6pm Talk at Kensington & Chelsea Library, tickets £5

November 2012

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

October 2012

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

September 2012

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

August 2012

29th, Co-host of Salon London‘s Pop Up event as part of the National Theatre’s Inside Out Festival.

June 2012

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.

April 2012

15th, 5pm. Scarborough Literary Festival. Talking about The World of Downton Abbey.

March 2012

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.

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