Beautiful books

      Reading W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn and The Mabinogion. Writing about the Norman White Ship disaster and the struggles of the Welsh princes to oust the Norman invaders in my novel in progress, The Anarchy.

A writing life in France

at Hotel Les Fleurines 17 Boulevard Haute Guyenne Villefranche-de-Rouergue, 12200 France organised by The English Library   Many writers, from Joyce to Hemingway, have seen and used the value of the estranged position. Not entirely fitting in, being a bit of a voyeur is the ideal position for a writer. Not belonging can allow a…

Final rewrite

At that satisfying stage again – ready for the final rewrite of my next novel, before sending it off to the editors at Impress Books. It is the second in a trilogy of novels on Nest ferch Rhys and the struggle between the Normans and the Welsh in the 12th century. This new book, Conquest:…

Murder Mystery in France

My interview with author, Stephen Goldenberg, has just been published on The Displaced Nation website. Goldenberg has written and self-published a murder mystery set in France and thrillers set in Britain. He is now working on a novel about a man who modelled for the artist, Francis Bacon. Stephen and I are talking about our…

Bodice-ripping?

Saturday 25 March 10.30am Tracey Warr at Parisot Library, 82160, France Is historical fiction bodice-ripping escapism, taking liberties with historical facts, or a genre putting flesh on the skeleton of history, and engaging with contemporary society? In this event Tracey Warr will discuss a wide range of historical fiction writers from Mary Renault to Bernard…