Factory Gatherings

Gather again at the Emma Bridgewater Factory - author events return this September!

We said goodbye to the Festival in a Factory back in 2019, but now we’re back with a new, year-round series - FACTORY GATHERINGS where we celebrate culture, craft and creativity here at the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent and we begin with two dates featuring fascinating guests this coming Autumn. Book today for Factory Gatherings

Join us to hear from best-selling authors, renowned experts and inspiring speakers at the Factory in September and October. We really hope you’ll join us! More events will be announced soon for later in the year.

Autumn Author Talks 2021

Sat 11 September 12noon

We’re delighted to be welcoming back to the Factory our former Festival trustee and Director of the V&A Tristram Hunt to share his new book on the father of Stoke-on-Trent, The Radical Potter – Josiah Wedgwood, hosted by Emma Bridgewater.

Sat 11 September 2.30pm

Social historian Ruth Goodman on The Domestic Revolution – the story of how coal and the range transformed our lives, our landscapes and kickstarted the Industrial Revolution, creating the world we live in today. 

Sat 9 October 11am

Join mudlarker and author of the bestselling book Mudlarking – Lost & Found on the River Thames Lara Maiklem and discover the treasure just beneath our feet, hidden in river, streams, fields, beaches and the earth itself and connect with people of the past through the everyday items left behind.

Sat 9 October 1pm

Here in the heart of Mercia, best-selling historian Marc Morris illuminates six turbulent centuries of The Anglo Saxons; the people abandoned by the Romans, who fought off the Vikings and eventually formed a new society, a new culture and brought a single, unified nation of England into being. Meet King Offa, Alfred the Great, Edward the Confessor as well as ambitious queens, revolutionary saints, intolerant monks and grasping nobles too. Marc will be in conversation with Joe Perry, Curator of Local History at the Potteries Museum & Art Galley – home to the magnificent Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard. 

Sat 9 October 2.30pm

Do you find yourself staring helplessly at your news feed? Or all too often asking, ‘why hasn’t somebody done something about that?’. If the answer is yes, then join UK Director of Change.org Kajal Odedra and learn how we can all Do Something by using the internet to harness real people power and change the world!