New history book reviews

 

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Five short book reviews by me are published today in the May issue of Historical Novels Review: biographies of King John, William Marshal and Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Pye’s The Edge of the World on the history of the North Sea, and a timeslip novel by Posie Graeme-Evans. You can read the reviews by following links on my Book Reviews page.

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Writing at the Castle Workshop

tumblr_static_93h9yc46jako4w0gkgogskcogI am one of the writers and publishers leading workshops for fiction writers at the Gers Chateau residential writing event in southern France in July. I will focus on using the chateau and its surroundings to inspire writing (historical or otherwise) and talk about how I use old maps, plans, objects and pictures in my own writing process. I’m looking forward to discussing place and writing with the participants.

Please see the full details for further information and to book a place. Places are limited.

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Mark Rothko Review

Rothko-Book-Jacket-600x900My review of a fascinating new biography of Mark Rothko by Annie Cohen-Solal has just been published in the Times Higher Education magazine. Links to my other recent book reviews are on the Non-Fiction page of this website.

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Writing Award

GwendraethI am very pleased to be one of 25 recipients of this year’s Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries. The Bursary has been awarded for work on my new novel, The Water Age, which is set on the triple river estuary at Carmarthen Bay. It has a historical strand in the 12th century, focussed on Nest who was the daughter of the southern Welsh king, Rhys ap Tewdwr, and a future strand set in the 23rd century. I am currently researching the history and the Welsh castles that will feature in the story including Pembroke, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, Cardiff, Narberth, Carew, Kidwelly and Cilgerran. Also doing lots of research on water which will be significant in both parts of the novel, and on climate change and sea level predictions for the future story.

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Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition – 106 days left to write the winning entry

Champagne-BottleThe deadline for the 2015 Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition is 1st July. Stories should be a maximum of 2,200 words. First prize is £100 and a bottle of champagne. This year’s judges are Jeni Williams, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Wales Trinity St David’s, and published writers Tracey Warr, Robin Bloor and Amanda Miles. You can read the stories from previous winners on the website.

http://ifancahelenejames.wordpress.com

See the entry form and competition rules on the website for full details on how to enter. You can post your entry with a cheque for the £4 entry fee or you can email your entry to us and pay via Paypal using our email address.

ihjcompetition@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your stories.

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Fiction Event in London

The Viking Hostage, Impress Books, 2014

The Viking Hostage, Impress Books, 2014

 

The End of Time: 10th Century Vikings in France and Wales

Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH

Wednesday 1 April 2015

2pm – 3pm

 

 

Tracey Warr will talk about the history behind her new novel, The Viking Hostage, set in late 10th century France and Wales, weaving together the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Their stories tangle with questions of freedom and courage in the often brutal society of early medieval Europe. http://traceywarrwriting.com

The event is free but it’s essential to book at

https://tenthcenturyvikings.eventbrite.co.uk

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World Book Day – Event in Wales

The Viking Hostage, Impress Books, 2014

The Viking Hostage, Impress Books, 2014

 

10th Century Vikings in Pembrokeshire

at Pembroke Dock Library

Water Street, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire SA72 6DW  01437 775825

Thursday 5 March 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Free

 

 

For World Book Day, writer Tracey Warr will talk about working as a novelist and the history behind her latest novel The Viking Hostage (Impress Books). The book is set in late 10th century France and Wales and weaves together the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Their stories tangle with questions of freedom and courage in the often brutal society of early medieval Europe. Tracey Warr’s next novel will feature 12th century Pembroke Castle and Llansteffan.

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