Backstairs Billy

William ‘Billy’ Tallon was the Queen Mother’s devoted servant for 51 years. Now a play has been written about this “fabulously camp, larger-than-life character”. Background The Queen Mother’s household was quite unlike any other that survived into the early 21st century, retaining an Edwardian splendour. A very grand household, it employed more than a dozen full-time… More Backstairs Billy

The British Library

Although we have visited special exhibitions at the British Library, the City Adventurers had not visited the permanent exhibition before. The British Library’s permanent exhibition showcases some of the most valuable and significant literary treasures in the world. We headed to The Sir John Ritblat Gallery, which houses the “Treasures of the British Library” exhibition.… More The British Library

Meet the author events

This year the City Adventurers have been lucky enough to meet quite a few authors. Some have spoken about their latest books and given us a reading. Some have discussed how they started their writing careers. Some have spoken about wider issues that have had an impact on their books and others have given helpful advice should we want to write our own book. … More Meet the author events