Exoplanet song

  For the Exoplanet Lot exhibition organised by MAGP, open in France now until 4 September, I collaborated with artist Tania Candiani on an ‘exoplanet song’. Tania installed this fabulous listening sculpture on the cliff top at Saint Cirq Lapopie above the Lot river. I adapted the lyrics of a medieval song written by the…

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…

Taking vikings to the Parisot Literary Festival

Talking about the history behind my new novel The Viking Hostage: 10 Oct 2.30pm The English Library, Villefranche-en-Rouergue, France 12 Oct 4.30pm Parisot Literary Festival, France 15 Nov 2.30pm Tenby Library, Wales 1 Apr 2.00pm The Guildhall Library, London and more to come.

Tamworth Reading Group Talk

I am giving a talk on Almodis: The Peaceweaver, and on my nearly finished next novel, Viking Hostage, to the Tamworth Reading Group in January 2014. Viking Hostage is set in early medieval France and Wales and is the story of three women: Sigrid Thorolfsdottir, a Norwegian slave, and two French noblewomen, Adalmode of Limoges…

Seminar at University of Reading

I am giving a talk on my novel Almodis: The Peaceweaver at University of Reading this week. It is a seminar for history postgraduate students, and I will discussing the controversial relationship between historical fiction and history.

Ice Floes on the River

Last week I participated in a local authors’ salon organised by the Tourist Information Office in Laguepie, a village in the south of France, where I live part of the year. My novel, Almodis, is a fictionalised account of the life of the 11th century Countess of Toulouse and Barcelona. My book sat alongside French…