Wu Wei Workshop

Wu Wei is the sense of letting go, of letting yourself be spacious so that the universe can come in.  Friday 31 July 2020 19.00-21.30 & Saturday 1 August 2020 11.00-18.00 (European time) On Zoom 50 euros, Registration deadline: 23 July 2020, info@gresolart.com (English, Castellano and Catalan spoken. Flyer also available in Castellano and Catalan.)…

Taking a Line for a Walk

Alan Smith talking on his COVID-19 drawings. Part of the Call Centre art research project on the coronavirus crisis by Tracey Warr. Being and getting home. Experiences of time and momentum. Images emerge from the marks like something uncertainly perceived in flickering candlelight in chthonic darkness underground. Drawing, Alan says, is ‘thinking that happens on the…

Home

Call Centre is an art research project inviting people to share their experiences of this time of COVID-19 and how it has impacted on lives and creative processes. The project is curated by Alan Smith and Helen Ratcliffe at Allenheads Contemporary Arts. I am working on the project, together with writer Martyn Hudson Watts and artists Annie Carpenter, Kerry Morrison,…

Add Women to History and Stir

An interview with me by my publisher, Jeffrey Collyer, to coincide with the publication of my new historical novel The Anarchy – the final book in the Conquest trilogy set in 12th century Wales, England, and Normandy. The book is available now as an e-book and will be out as a paperback in the next…

Sumptuous and Presumptuous

My blogpost on Henry of Blois, the 12th century bishop of Winchester, is published today on the English Historical Fiction Authors site. Henry of Blois, was the grandson of William the Conqueror. Bernard of Clairvaux described him as ‘that old whore of Winchester’. For Henry of Huntingdon he was ‘a new kind of monster, composed…

Publication Day – The Anarchy

The Anarchy is the final novel in my Conquest series focused on Nest ferch Rhys and the 12th century struggle between the Welsh and the Normans. Published today by Impress Books. The e-book is out today and the paperback is coming in a few weeks.

The salt sea flood

My new novel, The Anarchy, is published next week by Impress Books. It is the final book in the Conquest trilogy, focused on the life of Nest ferch Rhys and the 12th century struggle between the Welsh and the Normans. In the novel I (anachronistically) use a poem by the Welsh bard Dafydd ap Gwilym: Yr wylan deg ar lanw,…

New newsletter published

New newsletter just published. Contents include news on my next historical novel, The Anarchy, which will be published by Impress Books in June; a radio interview with me on Soundart Radio; a book reviewing competition; my work in progress on a biography of three medieval sisters; and residencies and workshops I’ve undertaken in the last…

Down the research rabbit hole

I’m working on a biography of three 11th century sisters and, at this stage of the research, every thread to pursue involves disappearing down a rabbit hole for a very long time, trying to get answers.  The critical thing is to record everything in the research process, including more threads and queries to pursue, so that,…

Text is material

‘For all writing, you need to be nosy.’ ‘To me, text is material in the same way as stone or paint are.’ ‘A pen is like a prosthetic for me. It’s like a visual artist needing a sketchpad always to hand, or a sound artist needing to record on their phone.’ ‘The first thing with…