Throughout 2022 we will be hosting a series of events
for the local community.
St Mary’s BookBox

We have a range of interesting talks to offer you, all present a chance to connect with  others with an interest in books, reading, publishing and other creative forms of expression. Full details of all the events, plus how to register, are set out below:

Following on from our two events on writing a memoir and how to get published, we will be offering a monthly slot in church. We are calling it ‘Book Box’ because we hope it will offer an assortment of treats. All will present the opportunity to read a book ahead of the event, and then discuss it/have it signed on the evening. If the person talking is a publishing professional, we will ask them to recommend a book of their choice, and talk about why it caught their eye. Please consider buying the books through an independent bookshop – Regency Bookshop in Surbiton are partnering with us and will have the titles in stock.

We are asking people to book via Eventbrite, as this makes numbers easier to manage, but bookings can also be made in person via a member of the clergy after any of our services.

Wednesday 15th June 2022, 7.30-9.00pm. The Kingston University Big Read 2022 

We are pleased to give you the chance to talk about our 2020 Kingston University Big Read – 'Airhead' by Emily Maitlis – and invite you to come and discuss it at the church. All the questions you want to ask, about the project itself, and the book, will hopefully be answered – and we’d also like to find out what you thought of the experience.

Emily Maitlis is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and former BBC newsreader. She was the main anchor of BBC Two's news and current affairs programme Newsnight until December 2021 and has covered elections for the BBC mainly in the UK, US and Europe. Having set up and run the podcast 'Americast', with the BBC North America Correspondent Jon Sopel, in February 2022 she announced that she was joining him to host a daily radio show and podcast for LBC Radio.  Click here to register:

Location: St Mary’s Church. £7 per ticket.


Wednesday 13th July 7.30 – 9.00pm. We are what we eat – or maybe we are what we read.

Well known cookery writer and St Mary’s parishioner, Kate McBain explores the creation of cook books, those that matter most to her, and how we can make best use of them. She comments: ‘My favourite cookery books and their contents have always brought to mind wonderful memories, occasions and events – and I will refer to these in my talk.’ Click here to register:


Location: St Mary’s Community Hall. £7 per ticket.


If there are particular subjects you would like to see discussed please contact the Assistant Curate, Rev. Alison Baverstock to make a suggestion. And do remember our BookBox programme when buying presents. A book and a ticket for one of our events would be much appreciated by many!


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