The PICA Club

The Pica Club (Publishing in Cambridge Association) met once a term for a dinner, generally in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a Guest Speaker.

Previous Guests of Honour have included Terry Jones, Lord Stockton, Colin Forbes, Sir Clement Freud, Ken Livingstone, John Timpson, Peter Ackroyd, David Lodge, Richard Charkin, Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson, Ernest Saunders, Mary Archer, Ben Okri, Sir Malcolm Field, Terry Maher, Frank Delaney, Robin Page, Sue Townsend, Maeve Binchey, Malcolm Bradbury, Diana Rigg, Barry Unsworth, Edwina Currie, Sebastian Faulks, Leslie Thomas, Roger Scruton, Michael Dobbs, Jeffrey Archer, Sir Roy Strong, Kate Adie and Jonathan Dimbleby.

If you earn a buck in publishing - whether you edit the company newspaper or commission bestsellers, librarians, writers, booksellers, printers, designers - you can become a member.

Dinners are £55 a head and are limited to around 70 people. They are not black-tie and occasionally bread rolls are thrown during heated discussions.

Enquiries to the Chairman, Colin Walsh at