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Afternoon Tea with Alan Titchmarsh

4 March @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

Virtual Event

We drop in on broadcaster, gardener and writer Alan Titchmarsh, in conversation with historical novelist Margaret Skea, member of the SoA’s Management Committee.

Grab a cuppa and find out more about Alan’s career as he discusses life, work and his creative routine – and find out how the pandemic has impacted his life and work.

The event will take place on online via WebinarJam and the link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Margaret Skea

  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Alan Titchmarsh about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine

  • 5 minutes – Alan will do a short reading from his latest novel, Marigolds, Myrtle and Moles

  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic

  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience / sent in advance

If you would like to send questions for Alan Titchmarsh in advance, email Sophia A Jackson with ‘Alan Titchmarsh – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


The line-up

Alan Titchmarsh – Writer, broadcaster, gardener

Alan Titchmarsh is a gardener, writer, broadcaster, poet and best-selling novelist. He presented British Isles, a Natural History, Ground Force, Gardeners’ World, The Chelsea Flower Show and The Proms on BBC television and The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV. He can currently be seen in Love Your Garden and Love Your Weekend on ITV, and heard on the Saturday morning breakfast show on Classic FM. He lives in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Twitter:  @TitchmarshShow


Margaret Skea – Historical novelist, member of the SoA Management Committee

Margaret Skea is an award-winning author of five historical novels and one published collection of short stories. She is particularly interested in the twin challenges of bringing relatively unknown historical characters out of the shadows and providing an authentic ‘you are there’ experience for the reader.
Twitter: @margaretskea1 | Website: margaretskea.com

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Book your place using the registration form below.

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4 March
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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