Owing to the on-going situation with Covid-19, Esther is unable to give in-person talks or workshops at present. However, she is very happy to give illustrated online talks to book clubs, knitting groups, craft guilds, WI groups and anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the UK’s knitting history. Please get in touch using the contact form to discuss availability and to book.


Past Events


knitting-the-herring-logoKnitting the Herring: This Golden Fleece at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 7pm GMT via Zoom.

Join me for an hour-long talk featuring readings from This Golden Fleece, with particular focus on the gansey and Guernsey knitting traditions of Scotland, north-east England, Cornwall, and the Channel Islands.

Free to attend.

For more details and to book visit:


Spinning New Yarns – Clare Hunter and Esther Rutter

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019, 4pm

Location: Edinburgh International Book Festival


This Golden Fleece at The Wanstead Tap

Date: Friday 6 September 2019, 7.30pm

Location: The Wanstead Tap, Arch 352 Winchelsea Road Forest Gate London E7 0AQ


This Golden Fleece: Bury St Edmunds Launch

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019, 3pm

Location: Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 1SJ


Britain’s Knitted History in St Andrews

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019, 8pm

Location: Topping and Company Booksellers, St Andrews

Esther Rutter at Wigtown Book Festival

Date: Saturday 28 September 2019, 10.30am

Location: County Buildings, Wigtown

Shetland Wool Week: This Golden Fleece

Date: Friday 4 October 2019, 1.15pm

Location: Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick

Blairgowrie Bookmark Festival – with Clare Hunter

Date: Sunday 6 October 2019, 11am

Location: Blairgowrie Community Campus

Knit-a-long with Karie Westermann (part of Golden Hare Festival)

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019, 4pm

Location: The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

This Golden Fleece at Dove Cottage: Knitting Workshop and Talk

Date: Sunday 20 October 2019, 10am-1pm

Location: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria


This Golden Fleece – Waterstones in Kendal

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6.30pm

This Golden Fleece – Waterstones in Lancaster

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019, 6.30pm

This Golden Fleece at Taigh Chearsabhagh

Date: 7.30pm, Thursday 31 October 2019

Location: Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist

This Golden Fleece at Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival

Date: 10am, Saturday 2 November 2019

Location: An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Evening at the Yarn Cake, Glasgow

Friday 15 November 2019, 6.30pm

Fizz, a buffet, books and wool – what more could you want?

Tickets are £25 and include a copy of This Golden Fleece (RRP £16.99), drinks and food.

Call 0141 946 5305 to book.

Knitting Extravaganza at Portobello Books

Thursday 21 November 2019, 6.30pm

A night of all things Golden Fleece – plus a special pre-Christmas pop-up shop from Ginger Twist Studio!

pitlochryWinter Words Festival, Pitlochry

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020, 11.30am

Location: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port-Na-Craig Rd, Port na Craig, Pitlochry PH16 5DR

To book visit:

Denman-in-the-summer-e1571752399228A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History, WI Denman College

Date: Friday 21 February 2020, 2.30pm

Location: WI Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW

To book visit:


UNRAVEL Festival, Garthenor Organics Talk Series: This Golden Fleece

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020, 11am

Location: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

To book visit:

pittenweem libraryThis Golden Fleece: A Talk by Esther Rutter at Pittenweem Library

In Association with The Woolly Brew

Date: Tuesday 25 February, 7.30pm

Location: Old Town Hall, Cove Wynd, Pittenweem

To book visit:

wordsbythewaterWords by the Water Festival, Keswick

Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 4pm

Location: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ


stripeylogoThis Golden Fleece at The Stripey Badger

Date: Saturday 14 March 2020, 7pm

Location: Octagon TheatreTown Hall, Grassington, Skipton,North Yorkshire, BD23 5AA

To book visit:

ayewriteEsther Rutter at Aye Write

Date: Saturday 28 March 2020, 11.30am

Location: The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

To book visit:

v&aThis Golden Fleece at the V&A

Date: Thursday 16 April 2020, 2.30pm

Location: The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A South Kensington, London

To book visit:

cambridgelitfestUnravelling Britain’s Knitted History, Cambridge Literary Festival

Date: Saturday 18 April 2020, 5.30pm

Location: Baillie Gifford Stage, Old Divinity School, University of Cambridge, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP

To book visit:

York-Festival-of-IdeasONLINE ONLY – This Golden Fleece: York Festival of Ideas

Date: 6pm BST, Thursday 11 June 2020

To book tickets visit:


Making Connections: In Conversation With Karie Westermann: Making Landscapes

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 6pm GMT.

Tickets are £6 each.