6:30 PM18:30

Taunton Literary Festival - Two Novelists in Conversation

As part of the Taunton festival, Virginia will be in conversation with Tessa Hadley, one of the country’s foremost short story and novel writers, talking about writing, beginnings and endings in The Fourth Shore and Hadley’s latest novel, Late in the Day.

More information about the event can be found here.

Venue: Brendon Books, Taunton.

Tickets: Cost £8 and are available if you follow this link.

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2:00 PM14:00

Devon Authors Event at Appledore Festival

Virginia will be appearing at an event to celebrate Devon authors at the Appledore Literature Festival in North Devon.  She will be giving one of three short talks and there will be an opportunity to chat with her and the other authors over tea and cake. The afternoon is organised by WalterHenry bookshop. 

Venue: Appledore Community Hall.  Cost: £10

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7:00 PM19:00

Author Visit to Barnstaple Library

Virginia will be talking at Barnstaple Library about her writing process and about the themes and inspiration for both of her novels, copies of which will be on sale.  There will be a chance to win a signed first edition of the hardback of Early One Morning.  

Venue: North Devon Library, Tuly Street, Barnstaple EX31 IEL

The cost is £3.50 to include refreshments and the proceeds will go to the Friends of Barnstaple Library.  Booking is essential -  drop in to the Library or telephone 01271 318782.




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7:30 PM19:30

Lewes Literary Society

Virginia will be giving a talk on the themes of friends, family, love and rescue in relation to Early One Morning at an event organised by the Lewes Literary Society.

The venue is the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE. The doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.  Tickets cost £10 and will be available from Bow Windows Book Shop (175 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE) or online from 3 weeks prior to the event.  

You can read more about the event and about other author talks in the Lewes Literary Society’s programme here

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2:30 PM14:30

'Rome Open City' at Exeter's Phoenix Arts Centre

Come to an afternoon showing of the iconic neo-realist film Roma Citta Aperta, one of the major sources of inspiration for Early One Morning. Tickets can be bought from the Phoenix Box Office or on the door.

Danielle Hipkins, Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Film at the University of Exeter will introduce the film and Virginia will talk about how the film impacted on her and the creation of her fictional world.  After the film, there will be an opportunity to ask both Danielle and Virginia questions over a convivial glass of wine.

This event is organised by Exeter’s Italian Cultural Association

Roma citta aperta, original poster for Rome Open City film
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11:00 AM11:00

Independent Booksellers Week

To celebrate Independent Booksellers Week Virginia will be doing a tour of independent bookshops in the south-west during the day for a meet-and-greet, informal bookish chat and book signings.  Then, in the evening, she will discuss Early One Morning at a free, but ticketed event at Brendon Books in Taunton. 

During the day, you can catch Virginia at: 

12.30pm Archway, Church Street, Axminster. 

2.30pm Totnes Bookshop, 42 High Street, Totnes.




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7:00 PM19:00

Ink@84, London

Join us for a reading to celebrate the paperback release of Virginia Baily's gripping second novel about the devastating consequences of war.

7pm.  No need to book. This is a free unticketed event open to all. Virginia will discuss and read from the book and sign copies.



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2:30 PM14:30

Ottery St Mary Library

A reading, a talk, a Q and A session and book signing at Ottery library. The Old Town Hall, Silver St, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1DJ.  

Free tickets will be available from Ottery Library in person or by phone or email. Tel:01404 813838 or

More details here.

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2:15 PM14:15

Words by the Water

As part of a themed day of Women and Ideas, Virginia will speak at the Ways with Words festival. She will discuss the transformative elements that can turn ideas into stories, uncovering the objects, music, images and places that inspired and informed Early One Morning.  The talk will feature a trumpet, a golden ring and a steamy jazz club in 1950s Rome.  

Tickets have now gone on sale for the for the festival at Theatre by the Lake, on the banks of Derwentwater in Keswick, Cumbria where Virginia will be appearing on March 9th.

Click here to browse the programme and then either click here to book your tickets online, or phone the box office at the Theatre by the Lake – 017687 74411

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