The Stafford London Unveils Full List of Monthly Saturday Literary Tea Events ‘Stafford Saturday Salons’

The Thick of It and Humans actress Rebecca Front introduces her debut collection of stories on July 25th
Absolutely Fabulous actress Helen Lederer introduces her debut novel on August 22nd
– Journalist and Historian Olivia Williams raises a glass presenting her book on Gin on September 19th
– SJ Watson talks about the filming of his bestselling book staring Nicole Kidman & Colin Firth on October 3rd
– Biographer Ian Kelly shares the secrets of writing Vivienne Westwood’s fashion memoir on November 14th
– The Monthly Literary Saturday Tea Events are hosted by Liz Hoggard and include tea, coffee, cakes, a Q&A and book signing and are priced £15.00 and start at 3pm and end at 5pm

After the terrific success of the first ‘Stafford Saturday Salon’, where Andrew Wilson told guests about the process of writing his acclaimed biography, Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin, The Stafford London is delighted to unveil future authors who will be interviewed for its monthly literary tea events.

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On 25 July, the BAFTA award-winning actress Rebecca Front will be talking about her literary debut, Curious: True Stories and Everyday Oddities, a collection of autobiographical anecdotes, short-listed for non-fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards and chosen as Radio 4 Book of the Week. Rebecca is best known for her roles in The Thick of It, Humans, Lewis and Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. She is just about to start filming Dr Who opposite her Thick of It co-star, Peter Capaldi.

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On 22 August, Absolutely Fabulous actress, writer and comedian Helen Lederer will be telling us the background to her debut novel, Losing It, a comedy about a middle-aged woman’s increasingly crazed efforts to slim. Starting off as a quirky stand-up at The Comedy Store in the 1980s, Helen is best known on TV for five series of Ab-Fab, as well as Love Soup, The Young Ones and most recently Hollyoaks. Her theatre credits include The Vagina Monologues and Calendar Girls.

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On 19 September, journalist Olivia Williams will be taking us through her book Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London. As a keen London historian and even keener lover of gin, she charts gin’s eclectic journey through London since 1690, and brings the story right up to the flourishing ‘ginnaisance’ that the city is now enjoying. Olivia writes about food and, more importantly, drink for the The Times, The Lady, The Evening Standard and Harper’s Bazaar.

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On 3 October, SJ Watson will be telling us the writing process behind his two bestselling novels, Before I Go to Sleep (adapted as the 2014 Hollywood thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth) and this year’s Second Life (which has just been optioned by Reese Witherspoon). SJ worked as an NHS audiologist before he attended a creative writing course and completed his first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, which won The Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and The Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year.

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On 14 November, Ian Kelly will be telling us how he wrote the authorised biography of Dame Vivienne Westwood, documenting her career over five decades from punk activist to global fashion icon. He will be describing the fascinating (and occasionally frustrating!) challenge of persuading her to tell her unique story for the first time. The Daily Telegraph described the book as ‘fabulously, fetishistically brilliant’. Ian has written biographies of Beau Brummell and Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year). He has just adapted his biography of Samuel Foote, Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Winner, Theatre Book of the Year 2013), as a play starring Simon Russell Beale which opens in London this autumn. As an actor, Ian is known for playing Hermione’s father in the Harry Potter films.

Nestled amongst Royal Parks and Palaces, The Stafford London is located in the heart of St James’s and is one of the UK’s finest five-star hotels. The literary afternoon tea salons include a Q&A with the author hosted by Times and Observer newspaper interviewer Liz Hoggard who herself, is author of several titles. The ‘Stafford Saturday Salons’ offer attendees the opportunity to not only hear intimate accounts of the writing process behind each book but also the opportunity to purchase a signed copy.

Held in the hotel’s Sutherland Room, these informal events include tea and cakes before and during the event and a glass of prosecco at the end of the event. Tickets are priced £15.00 per person. The ‘Stafford Saturday Salons’ start at 3.00pm and run until 5.00pm making them the perfect pre Saturday night out event in the heart of the city.

The events are open to everyone including guests at the hotel and Londoners. An independent historic hotel near Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, The Stafford London is as timeless as the city it belongs to. Founded in 1912, it has 105 individually decorated bedrooms and suites split across the Main House and the Carriage House. The hotel has the feel of a private residence.

16 – 18 St. James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NJ 020 7493 0111 www.thestaffordlondon.com
To book call the hotel quoting ‘Stafford Saturday Salons’