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 Fiction.
To The Fair Land is also available at a special price for reading groups - with the author thrown in if you'd like me to come and talk to your group about the book! Details here.
*NEW* My non-fiction book "The Bristol Suffragettes" will be launched on 19 June 2013. Read more in The Bristol Suffragettes. Find out 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.
Women's Outlook, Ujima Radio - the Bristol Suffragettes - 29 May 2013,12 to 12.30
I'll be talking about my new book, The Bristol Suffragettes, on Ujima Radio's Women's Outlook radio show.
West of England and South Wales Women's History Network Annual Conference - 15 June 2013
I'll be giving a talk entitled 'The Bristol Pogrom': the students' attack on the WSPU's headquarters in October 1913. For details about the Conference and Booking see the regional WHN website.
Historical Novel Society Bristol & South West - 20 June 2013, 5.45 to 7.15 pm
At Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL, in the Meeting Room on the first floor (in the Reference Library). For directions to the library see the Bristol Libraries website. All readers and writers of historical fiction welcome - you don't have to be a member of the HNS to join. For information about the HNS see the Historical Novel Society website. For further information about the HNS Bristol and South West Chapter see the group website here.
A special "thank you" to the Bristol Library Service for their support.
"Senseless outrages against property": suffragette militancy and women's right to vote - Saturday 13 July 2013, 2pm to 3.30 pm
Did suffragette militancy help or hinder the women's campaign for the right to vote? Was their arson and bombing campaign justified? And what relevance does the militants' example have for feminist activists today? I'll be discussing the effectiveness and ethics of the militant campaign with June Hannam, Professor Emeritus at the University of the West of England; Lois Bibbings, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol; and Dawn Dyer of the Local Studies Team at Bristol Central Reference Library. The event is part of the Dreadnought South West series of events commemorating the 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage - for more information about the project see their website. It will be held in The Studios, M Shed, Bristol - for further information see their website.
Free event, no booking required.
Historical Novel Society Bristol & South West - 18 July 2013 5.45 to 7.15 pm
Details as above. Visit the HNS Bristol and South West Chapter website here.
"The best Port of Trade in Britain": Bristol's Maritime History - 26 October 2013, 2-4 pm
I will be joining historical novelist Julian Stockwin, historian Adrian Tinniswood and Dr Steve Poole of the University of the West of England at Bristol M Shed to offer advice on researching Bristol's maritime past. This open discussion will be of interest to writers and readers of historical fiction and anyone with a passion for Bristol's maritime past.
The event is part of the Historical Novel Society's exciting initiative, "Meet the Historians", which aims to bring together members of the public and experts such as historians, archaeologists, genealogists, librarians, archivists and fiction and non-fiction writers. For more information about the Historical Novel Society see their website. For information about Bristol M Shed and directions see their website.
This is a free event but please book your place by emailing me at email@example.com.
Cheltenham Festival of Literature - Monday 8 October 2012
On Monday 8 October 2012 at 12pm I'll be reading from my historical novel, To The Fair Land, during the Cheltenham Literary Festival in the Waterstones Book Tent on Montpellier Gardens. The reading is part of the Locally Sourced event, when a number of local authors will be reading from their work. More on the Cheltenham Literary Festival here.
Bristol Festival of Literature - Writing Historical Fiction - 20 October 2012
On 20 October 2012 I'll be appearing with historical novelist Jenny Barden, Helen Hollick, UK HNS Indie Reviews Editor, and Helen Hart, author and publisher at Silverwood Books, at the Bristol Festival of Literature when we'll be talking about some of the issues around writing historical fiction. The venue is Hooper House Cafe, 113 Stokes Croft, Bristol, from 2pm to 3 pm, and the panel will be part of the Launch Pad day when audiences will be able to buy a £5 ticket and attend a number of events. For details and tickets see the Bristol Festival of Literature website.
The Vote and the Varsity: Suffragettes and the University of Bristol - 19 September 2012
On Wednesday 19 September I gave a talk about the student riot at the WSPU shop in Bristol to Athene Women Graduates' Group at the Friends Meeting House, Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol.
"The talk was detailed and logically organised, building to the climax of the burnings, riots, arrests etc and illustrated by interesting slides. We all learned a great deal." Read full review on the Athene website here.