I write fiction...
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery: In 1796, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is sent to investigate the murder of a gamekeeper in a Somerset village torn by violent protest after the enclosure of local woodland...Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery will be published in May 2015 by SilverWood Books. I'll also be launching a new section on the website - the Dan Foster Mysteries - which will include background information about the people and the history behind the novel.
My first historical novel, To The Fair Land, is available at Amazon, Foyles Marketplace 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.
for information on forthcoming events see my Diary.
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A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road - Free Download
Census resisters and church protesters, some remarkable Bristol sisters, and a medical pioneer ...The latest of the free suffragette walks is now available. You can do it as part of the main walk in The Bristol Suffragettes, or as a stand-alone stroll. Go to the Suffragette Walks page to download your free copy of A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road.
SilverWood Selection Box
SilverWood Books have put together a selection of extracts from books by ten of what they are rather nicely calling "well-loved authors" (links below will take you to their websites) and I'm delighted to be included in that category with The Bristol Suffragettes. The free ebook contains an amazing pick of genres, with excerpts from historical and fantasy novelist Helen Hollick's advice for authors, Dave Ebsworth's Spanish Civil War novel, poems by Michael Brown, Roman-nut Alison Morton's alternative fiction, time slip by Anna Belfrage, Iceland-obsessed Edward Hancox, Adrian Churchward's political thriller, serving police offer Sandy Osborne's romantic comedy about a girl cop, and Harvey Black's Cold War series. If you're looking for something new to read, you can download your free copy from Smashwords here.
Kindle version here - note that this is priced at 99p.
And look out for our SilverWood Selection Box Blog Hop on 3 April 2015!
Imagine a conversation, away from public scrutiny, between Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the militant suffragettes, and Mrs Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader of the non militants. What would they say to one another? Where would they find common ground? Where would they be in opposition?
Natalie McGrath, author of Dreadnought South West's acclaimed play, Oxygen, has imagined just such a meeting in her latest play, The Orchard. To coincide with the run up to the general election, the play will be developed in a series of scratch performances around the region, including in Redruth, Plymouth and Exeter. I'll be joining the debate on one of the Exeter dates. The performances will also be complemented by free workshops and events.
Women's History Network - West of England and South Wales
I recently joined the committee of the West of England and South Wales WHN. I've been a member for years, and it's wonderful to get more involved. The West of England and South Wales WHN is for anyone with an interest in women's history. We hold events and an annual conference around the region. Our next event is on 21 March 2015, 10 am to 1 pm, at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN. We'll be looking at Women in History: Sources at WSHC, with talks on women in country life; the Lacock archives; and Mary Petrie Bruce. Fur further information see the West of England and South Wales Women's History network website. I'll be there so why not come along and say hallo?
We are also looking for speakers for our next annual conference which will be on 20 June 2015 at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 18-16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN. The conference - Gendering the Workplace - will look at all aspects of paid and unpaid work, and workplaces from factories to the home. If you would like to submit a proposal for a 20 minute paper you have until 27 March 2015. For details see the West of England and Women's History Network website.
The Worcester Suffragettes
The latest of my talk extracts is now available as a free download. Download The Worcester Suffragettes here.
Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote - Bristol 2014
In 2014 the Bristol Festival of Ideas organised 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 was 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. Check with your local library to see if there are still copies available.
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.