I write fiction...
My first historical novel, To The Fair Land, is available on Amazon and at all good bookshops. Also available as an e-book for Kindle and non-Kindle e-readers. Read more in To The Fair Land.
My local history book, The Bristol Suffragettes, is now available. Find out more about the book and discover how you can get involved in the Bristol Suffragette Project in Suffragettes.
And I write...
about books, art, theatre and whatever takes my literary fancy on my blog.
A Game of History - Free Event, 12 November 2014, 6 to 7.30 pm, Foyles Bookshop, Bristol
Historical fantasy has never been more popular, as the success of George R R Martin's Game of Thrones shows. Why do the two genres combine so successfully? Where does history end and fantasy begin? What are the challenges of writing historical fantasy?
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The Worcester Suffragettes
The latest of my talk extracts is now available as a free download. Download The Worcester Suffragettes here.
Bambi, Ben Dearlove and Bristol Tramgirls
I was thrilled to feature in the October 2014 issue of our local magazine, BishopstonVoice, talking about my lifetime ambition to be a writer - by way of childhood scribblings about Bambi through to To The Fair Land, a historical novel about Ben Dearlove's search to find the truth about an eighteenth-century voyage to the South Seas, and my recent work for the Bristol Festival of Ideas on what happened to the Bristol tramgirls after the First World War (See Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote below). The article included details of the forthcoming event at Foyles, Bristol on 12 November 2014 when I will be joined by Helen Hollick, Jack Wolf and Juliet McKenna to discuss historical fiction and historical fantasy. Find out how to book your place for this free event here. Read the BishopstonVoice feature here.
Free Download - A Suffrage Walk Around the Centre
The second of the free Bristol Suffrage Walk "Add Ons" is now available. Find out about the Women's Mission, music hall and Dockside mobs in A Suffrage Walk Around the Centre available as a free download here.
Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote - Bristol 2014
Look out for Bristol 2014's Great Reading Adventure which is coming soon. Bristol 2014 is a series of commemorative events marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. As part of that commemoration, a specially commissioned book on the First World War will be distributed free of charge in Bristol. My contribution is "Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote", which looks at what happened to women war workers when the war ended. Find out more about Bristol 2014 here.
"I've never seen the point...in historical fiction"
I was recently invited onto Jane Davis's blog for a discussion about writing historical fiction, based around my novel To The Fair Land and Jane's wonderful novel I Stopped Time, which tells the story of one woman's struggle in 1900s London and Brighton to claim her independence and become a photographer. How do we define historical fiction? Why do we write historical fiction? How do we research the history? Join us for a discussion of these and related issues at Jane's Blog.
Discover a further selection of articles, blogs and podcasts about the suffragettes, the eighteenth-century and other themes in Articles and Blogs.
Author photograph by Rebecca Millar Photography.