New novel – Daughter of the Last King

  At the exciting stage now of writing my next novel where it is a 300 page brick on my desk. It’s still undergoing transformations as I try to make the characters more alive and increase their tensions and interactions, try to introduce more pace and drama, search for inconsistencies and anachronisms, try to enhance the…

The lure of another place, another time

My article on English historical novelists living and writing in southern France is published in this month’s issue of Historical Novels Review. You can read it here: France. The Writing at the Castle residential writing workshop at the fabulous Ste Mere Castle in Gascony has just opened for bookings.    

The Viking Hostage top ranking in Australia

  My novel The Viking Hostage, published by Impress Books, is currently featuring on three bestsellers lists on the Amazon Australia Kindle Store (European History, Medieval History, Genealogy).

Writers vs Father Christmas

10 local writers including myself will be facing stiff competition for audiences from Father Christmas in a sleigh pulled by tiny ponies on Sunday 6 December in the Salon du Livres in Laguépie’s Salle des Fêtes (in France) 9am – 4pm. The Local Writers event coincides with the village’s Christmas Market. If you are in the vicinity…

Authors’ Foundation Award

I am delighted to be a recipient of an Authors’ Foundation Award from the Society of Authors for a biography I am writing on the medieval female lord, Almodis de La Marche, and her sisters, Raingarde and Lucia. Almodis was Countess of Toulouse and Barcelona and acknowledged as an active participant in the rule of…

New history book reviews

  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…

Writing at the Castle Workshop

I 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…

Writing Award

I 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…

Fiction Event in London

  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…

World Book Day – Event in Wales

  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…