Into the Map

For the last few days I have been putting together maps to help readers envisage the action of my latest novel set in the 12th century, The Drowned Court. The characters travel from Dublin, to Wales, to England, and into northern France. Poring over old maps and, as far as possible, walking the terrain myself…

Stepping into medieval London

‘The only plagues of London are the immoderate drinking of fools and the frequency of fires’ wrote William Fitz Stephen in his account of the city in the 12th century. On a recent trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts I came across a little book called Norman London in a second-hand bookshop. The book contained Fitz Stephen’s…

REMOTE PERFORMANCES

London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm present REMOTE PERFORMANCES New artworks made for radio and broadcast live from Outlandia 4- 9August 2014  http://www.remoteperformances.co.uk Remote Performances is a collaboration between artists London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm, (the world’s first art radio station). For one week in August 2014, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents…

Walking, mapping, writing workshop in Fort William

Tuesday 5 August 2014             10am – 4pm Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William and Glen Nevis Visitor Centre Free ‘The moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow’, wrote Henry Thoreau. Many other writers including Walt Whitman, John Muir, Iain Sinclair, Will Self, Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit have written about walking in wild…