Monday, 26 September 2016


I'm not going to beat about the bush. I'm very excited about this event, which by chance is also taking place the night before the publication of my new novel, The Last Days of Leda Grey.

As my fictional character, Leda ~ once a star of Edwardian silent film whose looks were inspired by Theda Bara ~ also happened to come from Brighton (although I call it Brightland), where she lived in a splendid Regency House which is not at all dissimilar from the one where we'll be dining ... well, I couldn't be much happier. Such a lovely serendipity.

Artist's impression of the splendid Regency Townhouse

So, what is the Bookish Supper Society?

It's held in 13, Brunwick Square in Hove. There's food and wine, and books, and talk ~ and all co-hosted by Anna Burt, and the columnist and writer Laura Lockington. I'll be joined by fellow authors Jules Grant and Mark Thompson ... and hopefully by you as well. Lots more details can be found in the poster below for the event.

Tickets are available direct from

Thursday, 15 September 2016


I will be at Sandhurst library on Wednesday 21 September, between 7.30 and 9.00 pm.

Looking forward to discussing books ~ and the images that have inspired my three Victorian novels. I'll also be giving away some clues about a novel coming soon which is set in the world of silent films in Edwardian era Brighton, with  the story also taking part in the summer heatwave of 1976.

There will be lots of time for talking about books and inspiration in general - so please do come and say hello, whether you are a fellow reader, or an aspiring writer. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

More details and directions here.

Thursday, 11 August 2016


Over the weekend of September 4-6th, Essie will be attending the HNS 2016 conference in Oxford where she'll also be speaking on two panels.

BEYOND THE TEMPORAL - will be chaired by Karen Maitland (best selling author of highly renowned and wonderfully entertaining medieval thrillers). This will take place on the morning of Saturday, September 3. Along with Mary Sharratt, and Antoinette May this discussion will explore the way an author can use theories of spiritualism and the supernatural in various eras of historical fiction. Essie will talk in particular about the Victorian Cult of Death.

BEST SELLING ERAS - Held between 4-5pm on the Saturday, promises to be an entertaining discussion on those eras in history that seem to appeal to readers most - how and why their popularity prevails. Essie (on the Victorian era) will be joined here by Elizabeth Freemantle, Antonia Hodgson, and Angus Donald. 

This is going to be such a vibrant and interesting weekend. Essie looks forward to meeting some of you there.

Thursday, 31 March 2016


Essie will be appearing at the North West Literary Salon on the evening of Friday May 6th.

This is an exciting, free, monthly event held at Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster - and in the words of the Salon organisers ...

April showers bring May stories. North West Literary Salon celebrates both our one year anniversary and the close of the season with a special edition salon.

Celebrate with us as we welcome authors Sophie Duffy, Essie Fox and Paul McVeigh for a literary extravaganza.

The engaging readings will be followed by a lively discussion along with delicious locally-catered food from Filbert’s Bakery and music performed by a local musician.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Monday, 19 October 2015


ON THE EVENING OF THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26TH ESSIE WILL BE GIVING A TALK FOR SALON IN THE CITY based on the Victorian music halls. What's more, a little bird tells us that there will also be some singing from Kate Garner to enhance the entertainment, making this an extra special finale for the Salon's year of London talks.

These wonderful evenings are curated by The Clerkenwell Kid and Rosella Black and are held at the Westminster Arts Library which is right in the middle of London, just behind The National Gallery.

The talks they host are varied,  and cover all aspects of London life, from business and fashion to theatre, music, literature, film and art.

There is always time to mingle, and Hendrick's provide gin cocktails to enhance the 'London' experience, with a soundtrack for the evening provided by The Clerkenwell Kid.

More details regarding tickets/times are in this link.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


On Saturday October 24th, Essie Fox will be taking part in a study day at the National Gallery in London, exploring the history and visual culture of music hall and circus. 

The study day is from 11am - 4pm at the National Gallery Sainsbury Wing lecture theatre and is available for a general public audience.

Later on, for those who wish to go, there will also be a visit to Wilton's Music Hall, with a tour and a 'cockney sing along'.

If you have an interest in music hall, circus or Belle Epoque, save the day. This will be grand. A link to the day is here.

Saturday, 22 August 2015


Still from the film The Brides of Dracula

On the evening of Saturday October 10th Essie will be speaking at an event hosted by The Dracula Society

If anyone is a member of the society, Essie will look forward to meeting you there. She'll be talking about the Victorian cult of death and how that may have influenced the work of Bram Stoker ~ along with references to the somewhat exotic vampiric cults in her latest Victorian novel, The Goddess and the Thief.