February 22

Glory and the truth of historical fiction

A talk at Catholic writers guild.

Delfino,121 Mount St, London W1

March 21

Annual lecture

Highgate literary and scientific institute, 11 South Grove, London, N6 6BS


January 12

A commemoration of the evacuation of Gallipoli

St. George’s Church, Aubrey Walk, London W8 7JG

R.B. In conversation with the Rev.Peter Wolton about her novel Glory.

Commemorative Service 6:30pm Drinks 7.0 Talk 7:30pm

March 8-12

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

R.B. Will be appearing at the Festival.

April 08

Oxford Literary Society

R.B. Speaks at Oxford Literary Society 2pm.

September 25

Windsor Festival

Is there anything writers shouldn’t write about?

Rachel, Gillian Slovo,Alastair Niven (all former Presidents of English PEN) and Jonathan Heawood (CEO of IMPRESS) in discussion about freedom and censorship.

Guildhall High Street, Windsor. 2.30pm

October 15

Sherborne Literary Festival

Susie Dent (Countdown) in conversation with Rachel (Patron of the Sherborne Literary Festival), about her book Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain.

Digby Hall, Sherborne at 7.0pm

November 1

Kensington Day Centre

Making It Up: Can Fiction Reveal The Truth Of History?

Rachel is giving the Annual Lecture in aid of Friends of Kensington Day Centre.

St John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN

7.0pm Drinks and Canapes. 7.45 Lecture and Book Signing of ‘Glory’


Feb 18

Balloon Debate

Rachel joins Kate Adie and Lord Fellowes in a ‘Balloon Debate’ at Melbury House, Dorset in aid of RABI on Saturday February 18 at 6.0pm.

April 10

Glory- A Story of Gallipoli

Publication by Orion Books of ‘Glory’- A Story of Gallipoli’.

May 19

Persephone Bookshop

Rachel is giving a lunch-time talk on WW1 novels and particularly her novel ‘Glory’ - A Story of Gallipoli’.

May 28

Sherborne Literary Society Lunch

Rachel is Guest of Honour at the 2015 Sherborne Literary Lunch to be held at Leweston School at 1.0 pm

July 11

Way with Words

Dartington Literary Festival. Rachel will talk on ‘Inspiration for Fiction- The First World War and Family’.

Great Hall, Dartington 10.0 am

July 18

Curious Arts Festival

Rachel in discussion about her new novel ‘Glory’, with Rowan Pelling

Pylewell House, Hampshire 2.30pm

Oct 8

Cheltenham Literary Festival

Rachel is in a panel discussion about Gallipoli and her novel ‘Glory,’ at The Times and Sunday Times Festival at 12pm

Oct 14

Barnes Literary Society

Rachel talks about the inspiration for her novel ‘Glory,’ and the move from the reality of her grandfather’s death at Gallipoli to the creation of a novel.

November 12-15

Gibraltar International Literary Festival

Rachel is attending the Festival

Nov 13 Schools: time and venue tbc

Nov 14 ‘Glory’: The Challenge of Writing about War’

King’s Chapel at 6pm

Nov 29

Taunton Literary Festival

Rachel talks about her latest novel ‘Glory’

Brendan Books, Taunton 7.30pm


May 21

Leeds Book Awards

I was very excited to win the Leeds Book Award in the 9-11 category for Poppy’s Hero. Some 420 children from the 52 schools who participated celebrated with me in Pudsey Civic Hall. Huge thanks to Deborah Moody and her team of fellow librarians who organised the event. The winner was voted for by the children themselves which made it extra special. If you want to learn more follow the link Leeds Book Awards

July 4 at 7.00pm

Maria and the Admiral

Rachel gives the Sir Leslie Bowes Lecture to the Anglo-Chilean society. She will talk about the real life characters Maria Graham and Admiral Cochrane, behind her latest novel Maria and the Admiral, set primarily in England and Chile in 1822

Location: Cervantes Institute, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN

For more details follow the link Anglo Chilean Society

May 4

Maria and the Admiral

Publication by Orion Books of the paperback edition of Maria and the Admiral.

April 6

The West Country Writers’ Association

As President, Rachel will attend the 62nd Writers’ Weekend, and is speaking at 11am on April 6.

Venue: The Palace Hotel, Torquay

March 5-9

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Rachel attends this International Festival in Dubai UAE.

March 6 Education Day

RB attends Al Ameen school to talk about her children’s novels Poppy’s Hero and Poppy’s Angel.

March 7

Who Needs a Woman’s Prize for Fiction?

RB is a panellist for this discussion.at 10am

: Researching to Write

RB is also a panellist for this discussion at 5.30 pm

March 8

Love and the Hero - Love in Fiction

RB discusses the Romantic Hero in fiction with reference to her latest novel Maria and the Admiral at 6.30 pm

Jan 31

Sherborne Literary Society

Rachel addresses the Sherborne Literary Society on the occasion of their first AGM on ‘Writing for adults and children’.

Jan 25

Poppy’s Angel

Times Educational supplement webchat with teachers about her new book for children.

Jan 3

Poppy’s Angel

Publication by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books of Rachel’s latest novel for children.

Previous Events


Oct 20

Sherborne Literary Festival

Rachel is a panellist in a debate on ‘The impact of Technology on the written word’ chaired by Peter Hobday.

Location: Old School Room, Sherborne School at 8pm

Sept 28

Henley Literary Festival

Rachel talks to Alistair Horne about her latest book Maria and the Admiral

Location: The Quince Tree, Henley at 4pm.

May 10

Maria and the Admiral

Publication by Orion books of Maria and the Admiral.

April 21

West Country Writers Association Annual Lunch

As president Rachel attends lunch at the West Country Writers Association at their 61st Congress.

Location: Bailbrook Hotel, Bath

January 5

Poppy’s Hero

Publication by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books of Poppy’s Hero.

January 1


Rachel was delighted to be awarded the OBE .

The commendation read ‘Author, Vice-President of English PEN, for services to Literature’.


September 23

Kennaway House Readers and Writers Festival

RB speaks about her work.

Location: Kennaway House, Sidmouth , Devon at 19.30

May 17

Digby Stuart Lecture

RB delivers the annual Digby Stuart Lecture

Location: Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH at 18.00

May 7

Chipping Campden Literary Festival

RB speaks about her writing at the Chipping Campden Literary Festival Location: Town Hall, Chipping Campden Time at 18.30

April 16

West Country Writers Association Annual Lunch

As president RB attends lunch and addresses the West Country Writers Association at their 60th Congress.

Location: Elfordleigh Hotel, Plymouth, Devon at 12.30

March 30

High Sheriff Award

Rachel receives an Award from the High Sheriff of Greater London, Ranjit Mathrani, for ‘community service and outstanding contribution in relation to the criminal justice system’.

March 8 -13

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Rachel will be attending the Festival in Dubai UAE and speaking at the following events.

Thursday 10th March

Writing for Children: what difference does language make?

Rachel Billington in discussion with Abir Ballan.

Time: 17:30-18:30

Venue: Al Khaimah, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai

Saturday 12th March

Fact & fiction in all its forms

Rachel Billington in discussion with Hilary Spurling.

Time: 13:30-14:30

Venue: Al Baraha 2, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai

Feb 17

The Missing Boy

Paperback publication by Orion Books of The Missing Boy.

Feb 17

One Summer

Paperback re-issue by Orion Books of One Summer.

Feb 17

The Space Between

Paperback re-issue by Orion Books of The Space Between.


Rachel Billington (Inside Time) chairs a discussion between Wilbert Rideau, American author (In One of Justice) and former death row inmate and Erwin James, the acclaimed British prison writer (A Life Inside) and journalist.

6.30pm Tuesday January 11th. English PEN Free Word centre. 60 Farringdon Rd. London EC1R 3GA

PEN members £5 non-members £8 020 7324 257 or www.freewordonline.com

Previous Events


October 10

Wells Festival of Literature

Book Group Event. Presentation of The Missing Boy and presentation and discussion of Lies and Loyalties. Chair Hilary Cain.

Location: 2.30 pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset

October 31
Bridport Literary Festival

The Missing Boy

Location: 4.0 pm at the Bull’s Head Hotel, Bridport, Dorset

October 1

The Lukan Fund

A ‘Literary’ family, twenty novels and a prison newspaper: Rachel Billington talks about her life and work. In aid of St.Luke’s Church, Wincanton .

Location: 7.0 for 7.30 at St.Lukes’s Church, Wincanton, Somerset

September 20
Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival

The Missing Boy

Rachel Billington talks to Bridget Galton

Location: 12.00- 1.0 pm at Ivy House, London NW11 7SX

August 26
Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Missing Boy

Location: 10.15 am in Highland Park Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

August 26

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers series

Location: 5.30 at Peppers Theatre, Edinburgh EIBF

April 17

West Country Writers Association Annual Lunch

Location: The Mercure White Hart Hotel, Salisbury.

RB attends as President of the West Country Writers Association

March 25

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

‘Writing Fiction’

Rachel Billington talks about her latest published novel Lies and Loyalties, and her new novel The Missing Boy, to be published in May this year. She will also discuss her writing for prisoners in the prison newspaper ‘Inside Time’ and their wiriting in ‘Inside Poetry’ publlished in 2009.

Location. Christ Church College, Oxford at 4 pm on March 2

May 27

The Missing Boy

Orion Books’ publication of The Missing Boy.

‘Rachel Billington has written a tense and emotional novel about the day-to-day existence of a contemporary family living through their worst nightmare. Anguish and hope move across the pages until the final breath-taking denouement. The disappearance of a teenage boy tears a family apart in this poignant, highly topical and searching story’.

June 10

The Missing Boy

Rachel Billington in conversation with Peter Stanford to celebrate Orion Books’ publication of The Missing Boy.

Location: from 7-9 pm
Waterstone’s 39-41 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ

July 13

Ways with Words Literary Festival

Location: Dartington Hall, Devon


December 2

The Longford Lecture

Rachel Billington chairs the eighth in the series of lectures in memory of her father, Lord Longford.www.longfordtrust.org

‘War is easy - peace is the difficult prize.’

Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland talks about ‘An Alternative Approach to Resolving Unsolved Murders’.

Assembly Hall of Church House, Westminster, London at 6.30 pm

November 3rd

The Poyntington Lecture

‘Growing up as a Writer in the Longford Family’.

RB at The Gryphon Conference Centre, Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset at 7 pm.

July 3rd

BBC Radio 3 The Verb

RB interview with readings from Inside Poetry.

July 2nd

Making Conversation

RB has written the Preface to the reissue of Making Conversation, by Christine Longford. She will be at Persephone Books Ltd., 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB at lunch to talk about her aunt’s novel, first published in 1931, and her own latest work, Lies and Loyalties.

July 2nd

Inside Poetry

Launch of Inside Poetry at Daunts Bookshop, Holland Park, London. The book is a collection of poetry written by men and women in prison. It is edited by RB and has a foreword by Andrew Motion and endorsements from Boris Johnson, Michael Palin and author/prisoner Razor Smith.