Monthly Archives: April 2016

Meet bestselling author, Simon Scarrrow.

Tuesday 31st May 7.00 – 8.30pm

Come and hear Simon Scarrow talk about his writing career and his most recent book ‘Hearts of Stone’.


Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. After a childhood spent travelling the world, he pursued his great love of history as a teacher, before becoming a full-time writer. His Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro made their debut in 2000 in ‘Under the Eagle’, and have subsequently appeared in many bestsellers in the Eagles of the Empire series. These books follow the exploits of centurions Macro and Cato across the Roman Empire – most recently in Britain holding the line against the native tribes under Kings like Caratacus and inspired by the legendary Druids.

Hearts of Stone is a powerful new novel bringing to vivid life the fierce courage of the men and women of the Greek resistance during World War Two.


1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe. Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear to meet again.

1943: Andreas and Eleni have joined the partisan forces resisting the German invasion. Peter has returned – now a dangerously well-informed enemy intelligence officer. A friendship formed in peace will turn into a desperate battle between enemies sworn to sacrifice everything for the countries that they love…

Refreshments will be available. – Space is limited and booking is essential.

Call 01206 578584 or email to reserve a ticket.

‘Home and Away’ – an exhibition of paintings by David Britton


David Britton went to Colchester Grammar School and then studied history at New College, Oxford. After a number of years in teaching, trying to fit painting and poetry round the edges, he left teaching to concentrate on art. After some time spent in the, to him, rather alien environment of Sheffield, he is back in his beloved native landscape of north-east Essex, living on Mersea Island and once again creating vast, haunting canvases which capture the big skies and the special play of light on land and water in Essex/Suffolk border country. Since his first one man exhibition at Project B Gallery, Colchester in 1975 David has exhibited widely establishing a reputation as one of our leading local artists.



David’s paintings link the mystical with a response to the natural world, and vary from the concrete and sensual to those he describes as the ‘withdrawn type’, which take off into the infinite.

He says ‘I utterly refuse to be cowed by the political pressures in the various Arts Worlds into doing the kind of work that is found “relevant”. There are legions who say one “can’t”, these days, write a poem about a summer morning, or paint a picture of an Essex barn. These people have to be ignored!’

The exhibition continues until May 11th.