Murder, lies and art

Currently researching for the medieval murder mystery I’m writing and discovering that the range of potential murderous motives at the end of the 11th century in the Toulouse/Pyrenees area are legion. The establishment of the lucrative pilgrim route to Compostela; the salt trade; papal policy over reform, reconquest in Spain and pressure on aristocratic consanguineous marriages,…

Reading and Writing

Last week, reading Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree to my two grandsons, age five and two weeks, made me realise why I write fiction myself. My five-year-old grandson has just started reading. It is so exciting to see him doing that after literally five years of his mum and me reading him three stories every night…

Writing a medieval murder mystery

I am on Day 7, at the end of week 1 of the NanoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. See my earlier post on starting the challenge and a second post on my writing playlist. If I were going to write the same number of words on each of…

Medieval novel playlist

I’m currently undertaking NanoWriMo November – aiming to write 50,000 words of my new novel about a female troubadour (or trobairitz). NanoWriMo asked for a playlist for my novel so here it is: The working title for my novel, A Morsel of Love’s Bread, is taken from a line in the troubadour poem, ‘Ab la dolchor…

Joining NanoWriMo November

Since I’ve had a writer’s block for over a year, I decided to sign up to NanoWriMo November and see if this could help kick me into a place with a substantial new novel draft to work with. National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel…

A Welshman’s Beard

This final week of the Blog Tour for my latest novel, The Anarchy, features a review from Jean M. Roberts on The Books Delight: ‘‘The writing is immersive and the pace crisp. The author has skillfully woven a mystery into the narrative. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest…

Fictional Worlds

This is week 6 of the Blog Tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. MJ Porter asked me about the historical sources I drew on for my research. My guest post is here. I discuss how I use objects in museums, such as the medieval wedding ring pictured above. Its inscription reads, ‘I will…

The Anarchy on Tour – Week 4

Today is the fourth week of the Blog Tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. Mary Ann Bernal’s Blogspot includes fun facts on me relating to being May Queen, swimming team captain, and indulging in dangerous dancing. And you can read excerpts from the book with Loup Dargent – a concealed message in a…

New Performance MA at Dartington

Dartington Trust’s new MA Reimagining Performance Practice starts next January. Our first application deadline is coming up – 16 August. This is the only application deadline for the £2,500 scholarship and £2,500 bursary towards tuition fees. The new performance MA is open to practitioners in any artform (theatre, dance, music, soundart, moving image, visual art,…