I am running a series of daily image trailers on Twitter prior to an illustrated talk that I am giving at Downham Market Library on Monday 11 December, 2-3pm. A lot of the research I undertake for my historical fiction involves images, objects, places and maps. To celebrate the publication of my lat [read more]
Midday in Rye, East Sussex, and it’s started to rain. Late-season tourists are reaching for their waterproofs and heading for indoors, leaving the churchyard that only a few moments ago was packed, a guided tour in full swing. I’ve just noticed the outline of part of a Romanesque doorway, le [read more]
It was one of those throwaway remarks made by one writer, male, to another, ditto, in one of those books of the year things. ‘It’s been a very thin year for poetry.’ What balls, I thought. To his credit the second writer thought the same. For a start, it’s not true....
Every writer, published or not, takes their first steps into the unknown sometime. Often that moment is lost in the past, a distant memory from school or left to moulder between the covers of an embarrassing teenage diary. As we practise, our prose becomes more polished and those of us using [read more]
As readers, we’re all the type of people to read the book before seeing the film, but we’re also prone to fangirling/fanboying when our favourite titles get adapted onto the big screen. To give you chance to read some of the biggest books being adapted in 2017, here are five releases tha [read more]