It’s National Poetry Day this Thursday October 4th

Once again the nation will be celebrating the wise, witty and wonderful on National Poetry Day this Thursday October 4th. This year the theme will be ‘stars’. As their website says, “It’s a day for poetry readings, events, competitions, quizzes, exhibitions, commissions, creations, recitations and more, all planned and launched by the poets and poetry lovers of the UK”. There’s a wealth of events and resources to explore and I would like to urge all poetry lovers to get involved. You can find National Poetry Day on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for updates and announcements.

My Last Duchess shortlisted for the Galaxy Book Prize!

I’m thrilled and honoured to be shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Awards in the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category. I’m listed along with some wonderful writers so it’s great to be among their number. The winners of the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards will be revealed on Friday 4th November at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. Dara O’Briain is the host for the evening and the event will be staged and filmed by Cactus TV, with a series of six programmes about the awards to be screened between 13th November and 17th December on More4. It’s going to be an exciting day for me….

I’ll be at the Literary lunch in Sevenoaks as part of the Seven Oaks festival this September

Talks & Presentations
St Julians Club, Sevenoaks
Author talk

Churchill’s mother Jennie Jerome and his cousin by marriage Consuelo Vanderbilt both brought American wealth into the British aristocracy; their unhappy marriages inspired well-known TV producer and poetry-lover Daisy Goodwin to write My Last Duchess, a novel about a fictional American heiress named Cora Cash. Daisy will be the guest at this year’s literary lunch, an event which is expected to be an early sellout when tickets go on sale on July 30 at Sevenoaks bookshop.

Tuesday 27th September 2011


St Julians Club
St Julien Road
TN15 0RX



Further information
Tickets are on sale from Saturday 30 July at Sevenoaks Bookshop, 147 High Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1XJ

I will be at the Chiswick Book Festival on the 16th and 17th September

There’s a fantastic line-up of writers including Kate Mosse, Michael Morpurgo and many others and the whole festival is a non-profit-making, community event. The previous two Festivals raised over £11,000 to be divided equally between the three charities below, all related to reading, and the work of St Michael & All Angels Church, which hosted the Festival:

RNIB Talking Books Service and Books for Children:
InterAct Reading Service
The Letterbox Club, part of the Book Trust.

The same charities will benefit from any profits from this year’s Festival.

Find out more about the Chiswick Book Festival

Meet Daisy – Literary Festivals

DAISY GOODWIN will be speaking about The American Heiress at Bookhampton, 93 Main Street Southampton NY 11968 on Friday August 19th at 5:00pm. Hope to see some of you there!

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

EVENT 621 Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin talks about the ‘dollar princesses’ who made an enormous impact on late Victorian England and whose experiences formed the background of her book My Last Duchess. These women kept the stately homes of England going for a generation – Consuelo Vanderbilt’s dowry was a hundred million dollars!

Daisy Goodwin is one of the nation’s greatest promoters of poetry through her books and television series. Her debut novel My Last Duchess is a story full of exquisite period details and a phalanx of historical characters. It features American heiress, Cora Cash, who has grown up in a world in which money unlocks every door. Cora’s mother has her heart set on a title for her daughter. Impoverished English blue-bloods are queuing up for introductions to her.

Thursday 7/4 12:00 at Christ Church, Blue Boar

The Prospect Debate
Saturday 5th March 1pm
Does feminism have to start all over again?
1–2pm, Guildhall
We live in an age of supposedly equal pay and equal opportunity in which a working woman is meant to enjoy the same prospects as a working man. But we also live in an age of lad culture, sexual harassment, and institutional misogyny. Is it up to women or men to tackle this contradiction? Where does feminism go from here? And what will be the effect of coalition cuts on women’s lives, both at work and at home? Kate Mosse chairs the debate with Prospect Magazine’s Mary Fitzgerald, Daisy Goodwin and Finn Mackay, founder of the London Feminist Network and the revived Reclaim The Night marches.
£7 (£6 concessions) H3

Saturday 5th March 4.30pm
The Truth about Love
4.30–5.30pm, Guildhall
How do you write about love without being sentimental? How do you describe sex without being embarrassing? How do you tell the truth with a cold clear eye? In this session three luminaries of the genre, Daisy Goodwin author of My Last Duchess, Michael Arditti author of Jubilate, and William Nicholson author of All the Hopeful Lovers, spill the beans.
£7 (£6 concessions) H10
For more information go to

London Library Reading 2
Daisy Goodwin
My Last Duchess
Saturday 13 November, 7:30pm
American University, Richmond
£5 (£4)

Daisy Goodwin’s debut novel My Last Duchess centers on an American heiress who married into the British aristocracy at the end of the nineteenth century. The book is based on real stories from the American ‘dollar Princesses’ who made an enormous impact on British High Society at the turn of the century: women like Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill’s mother, or Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married the Duke of Marlborough – the marriage was spectacularly unhappy, but the Vanderbilt money meant that Blenheim Palace and its treasures were saved. Daisy Goodwin will talk about some of the exciting stories she discovered when researching her book and the real people behind her characters.

In association with The London Library

Bridport Literary Festival
Saturday November 6th, 2.30pm at The Ballroom, The Bull Hotel.

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

Harriet Evans & Daisy Goodwin in association with The London Library- The Curse of the Pink Cover: Women writers and the ‘chick lit’ debate

The Curse of the Pink Cover: Women writers and the ‘chick lit’ debate
Why are books reflecting women’s lives so often trivialised? Why do female readers buy books marketed to a male audience, but male readers steer away from so-called ‘chick lit’? Harriet Evans has seen these issues from both sides of the fence: working in the publishing industry as an editor, and now as an established novelist herself. Daisy Godwin has written a novel and a memoir, produced numerous poetry anthologies, presented a documentary series on romance fiction and acted as Chair of the Orange Prize. Together, Harriet and Daisy discuss the publication and reception of ‘women’s writing’.

Start date/time 03 Nov 2010 19:30
Venue The Studio, RACC
Richmond Adult Community College

Past Events
Poole Literary Festival
Saturday, October 30th , 12.00 -2.00pm
21 Kingland Road
BH15 1UG

Wimbledon Bookfest
Saturday, 9th October, 2010
Daisy Goodwin
The Last Duchess
The chair of the Orange Prize presents her own debut novel. My Last Duchess takes the late 19th century market as its theme – American heiresses married off to the sons of the impoverished British aristocracy. A stunning debut novel from the acclaimed journalist and broadcaster.
3.30-4.30pm. Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon Common. SW19 4RJ £10
Tea will be served from 3-3.30pm.

Box office : 020 8543 4888 (run by Polka Theatre)

Reading at Hammersmith Library
07 October · 18:30 – 23:00
Location Hammersmith Library
Shepherds Bush Road
London, United Kingdom

In this final Story of London event at Hammersmith Library, Daisy Goodwin, Nikesh Shukla, and Rachael Dunlop will be reading from their stories for Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, and Hillingdon. A retired teacher recalls less than pleasant memories following a chance encounter with a former student, a grieving grandson finds the perfect samosa in Brent, and a young Heathrow worker forms a bond with mysterious woman in Terminal One.

Cheltenham Literature Festival
Monday 11th October @ 4.00pm
Cheltenham Town Hall.