It's been nearly two and a half years since we met in person to hear an author speak in Woodbridge. But I'm pleased to say that the wait is over! And the event taking place in a few weeks will remind us of how valuable it is to be together in a real, live gathering.

Sarah Langford worked as a criminal barrister for 10 years and wrote of her experience representing "the mad, the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful" in her incredible memoir 'In Your Defence'. She launched it in Browsers Bookshop for an event which was sold out weeks ahead of the date. 

No longer working at the bar, she is raising her young family in Suffolk where she and her husband have been managing his family farm. It is this which prompted her latest book 'Rooted: Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution'.

If you heard Sarah speak on BBC Radio Four Start the Week on Monday then I hope you're as excited as I am that she will be joining us again.

She is a passionate, engaging, eloquent speaker who is able to present facts and statistics in a compelling and memorable way, and whose compassion and concern for the land and the people who farm it is deep-seated and infectious.

What's more, in the face of a desperately bleak future for food, farming and the environment, she offers light and hope.

I've read an early copy of 'Rooted' and can't speak more highly of it, so I hope you'll join me in hearing more from Sarah and come along to the event in Woodbridge Library on Friday 8 July. Scroll down for more details or buy your tickets here.

Thank you for reading.