Meet the author at Book Club

A celebrated local author will make a guest appearance at a book club event later this year.

Andy Griffee, a former BBC journalist and media consultant who lives in the Teme Valley, will meet book club members at the Royal Porcelain Works on Monday 2 March to discuss his book, Canal Pushers.

Celebrated local author to make star appearance at Book Club event

Canal Pushers – which was published in May last year by Orphans Publishing – is Andy’s debut novel in which a serial killer stalks the canal towpaths of Worcester.

The crime thriller begins with a deliberate drowning at night on the towpath near the Commandery and ends with another attack on the Worcester and Birmingham canal at Oddingley.  The climax of the book takes place on the canal during a Worcester Warriors’ home game at Six Ways.

The idea for the book was inspired by newspaper reports of a possible serial killer at large in the Greater Manchester area where a number of unexplained drownings had taken place.

“As an author, feedback from readers is a vital part of the writing process. I’ve really loved reading the encouraging reviews of Canal Pushers but this will be a fabulous chance to be face to face with readers, hear what they think and discuss it. I’m very grateful to Royal Porcelain Works for the opportunity"

Andy Griffee, Author of Canal Pushers

Canal Pushers is the first in a series of crime novels which will move around the canals and waterways of the UK. Andy has already written a sequel – which will be called River Rats – and is set on the River Avon in Bath, which will be released on 2nd April this year.

Royal Porcelain Works launched its book club last summer; taking place once a month on a Monday between 7.40pm and 8.40pm, the club continues to go from strength to strength.

The free event takes place in The Foyer with books decided by attendees.  There is no need to book; places are open to everyone.

The club is hosted by Worcester resident Jan Venables who has been volunteering at a number of Worcester theatre and entertainment sites for the past 25 years, including the Henry Sandon Hall which is situated within the Royal Porcelain Works.

“Enjoying a good book is one of life’s pleasures especially doing so in such a beautiful setting. Our aim is to read one book a month and learn from each other’s interpretations and reflections when we meet. All that is needed is a love of books and the willingness to talk about them. Everybody is welcome!”

Jan Venables, Volunteer at Royal Porcelain Works

Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Royal Porcelain Works said: “We are absolutely delighted, and a little bit honoured, to welcome Andy to discuss his novel at our March book club. From humble beginnings the club has grown, offering the opportunity for members of the community to come together to read and discuss a variety of books.  Having a local author within our midst will add something extra special!”

Books can be borrowed from libraries, purchased or downloaded on your kindle.

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Christmas at Royal Porcelain Works

Worcester’s leading centre for art and culture has published it’s programme of events and activities for the festive period.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – is organising a number of festive events throughout December.

With a variety of Pottery Painting, Workshops, Craft Fairs and Exhibitions, plus much more available, there is something for everyone this festive season.

Etsy Made Local
Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December, 10.00am to 5.00pm

With more than 20 sellers attending across this two day free event, offering shoppers a wide range of unique and meaningful gifts, all part of the site’s aim to encourage people to both source and buy locally this Christmas;

Christmas Pottery Painting
Saturday 7, Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 December, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and Sunday 1 and Sunday 1 December, 10.00am to 4.00pm

These events offer a range of different Christmas ceramics to paint including a plate for Santa and a baby’s first Christmas bauble.  Booking is essential.

“We are delighted to announce our Christmas programme.  The spaces at Royal Porcelain Works offer themselves perfectly for such creative events as we are all about showcasing the county’s artistry and craftsmanship.  We look forward to welcoming you to join in our festive fun!”

Sara Matthews, General Manager of Royal Porcelain Works.

Book Club
Monday 2 December, 7.40pm to 8.40pm

This month’s book choice is the festive ‘Skipping Christmas’ by John Grisham.  Free to attend, no booking is necessary.

Christmas Wreath Workshop
Sunday 8 December, 9.30am to 11.30am, 12midday to 2.00pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Delivered by Sweet Ginger Flowers, attendees will create a luxury festive door wreath, using traditional techniques and premium British foliage.  Booking is essential.

Christmas Arts
Sunday 8 December, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Participate in Art will host 17 artists and artisans offering unique oil and watercolour works, photography, pottery, glassware, jewellery, mixed media, soft furnishings and original pieces, prints and gift sets.  Free to attend, no booking is required.

Watermarks – An Exhibition of Watercolours
Saturday 14 – Friday 20 December, 11.00am to 4.00pm

This exhibition will host watercolours by local artist David Birtwistle, who, for nearly half a century, has been painting Worcester scenes and the local countryside.  It will also include recent examples from his travels in France, Italy, India and Ireland.  No booking is required at this free event.

Christmas Table Decoration Workshop
Sunday 22 December, 9.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Delivered by Sweet Ginger Flowers, attendees will create a Christmas table centerpiece, using a variety of flowers, premium plant material and seasonal foliage.  Booking is essential.

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Popular Talks Launch at Royal Porcelain Works

Worcester’s leading new centre for art and culture has launched a series of topical talks about the county.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – will host the talks twice a month in The Hall.

Royal Porcelain Works are delighted to host a number of interesting and topical talks, twice a month in The Hall.

The next talk – which will be held on Tuesday 6 August – is entitled Worcestershire Treasures and will be delivered by Paul Hudson.

Covering all aspects of the county’s collections including those housed in the archive and archaeological services for Worcestershire, some are well known – including Shakespeare’s marriage bond – whilst some are lesser known.

Paul, Outreach Manager for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, has worked with the county’s collections for fourteen years, helping people access them.

“We have some amazing resources here; a few years ago we asked colleagues to select their ‘treasure’, which they all interpreted very differently. The treasures nominated are all fascinating with some great stories behind them; all are important to Worcestershire’s heritage.”

Paul Hudson, Outreach Manager for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Services.

During the summer and autumn, the following talks will be held :

  • Edward Elgar and the Wand of Youth, Joe Tierney, Tuesday 27 August;
  • Worcestershire Inn and Pub Names, Anthony Collis, Tuesday 3 September;
  • Bells in the City, Mark Regan, Tuesday 10 September;
  • Gardens of Hanbury Hall, Neil Cook, Tuesday 1 October;
  • Great Witley Church, Howard Robinson, Tuesday 15 October.

Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Royal Porcelain Works said: “Our fabulous city centre venue lends itself so well to events like these. We are also really proud to be focusing on local topics which are at the heart of cultural Worcestershire and very close to people’s hearts. Come along and enjoy!”

To book tickets, visit our Talks Events Page. 

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Award-winning Show Garden Coming Soon!

Hot on the heels of receiving a coveted Silver-Gilt Medal for her Show Garden at the recent RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Herefordshire based garden designer Olivia Kirk has been overseeing the relocation of the hundreds of plants, trees and shrubs from the garden, into their permanent home in the new Courtyard garden which she has designed at the Royal Porcelain Works.

The Courtyard garden will create a beautiful central space, connecting the Royal Porcelain Works with the existing Museum of Royal Worcester.

Over the last week, Olivia and her team have dismantled the Show Garden at Malvern, carefully transported all the plants and trees over to the Royal Porcelain Works, and managed the replanting into the raised-bed Courtyard garden.

“The Collectors Garden’ at Malvern was months in the planning and it took over three weeks to build and plant for the Show. We were absolutely delighted with how the garden was received by the thousands of visitors to the Show. So, dismantling it all after all that hard work could have seemed very sad, but what was great was that we knew that all the beautiful plants and trees were going to live on in their new home here at the Royal Porcelain Works, and visitors will be able to enjoy them for many years to come.”

Olivia Kirk, RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold-medallist, landscape and garden designer.

Olivia is also introducing some additional seasonal planting to the Courtyard scheme, including a selection of interesting herbs and edible flowers which the chefs at the cafe here at Royal Porcelain Works; nestWorcester will be able to pick straight from the garden for use in their freshly cooked, artisan food.