Silver Sound, BCfm Radio, 93.2fm, Fridays, 10 am to 11 am

Forthcoming dates for Silver Sound, Fridays 10 am to 11 am:-

28 April 2017 – It’s World Book Night on 23 April, so I’ll be talking about books and reading with Helen Hart of SilverWood Books, author and reviewer Helen Hollick, and Vicky Hough from Bristol Libraries Reader Engagement Team.

You can listen to previous shows here.

Listen live here.


‘Commoners or Kings?’ Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, Saturday 22 April 2017

 I will be taking part in the 2017 Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival. At noon I will be chairing ‘Commoners or Kings’, a panel event looking at the pros and cons of writing about royalty or common folk. At 3 pm I will be joining other historical novelists for a series of short readings. All events are free and no booking is required. For further information about HULF see the Festival website.


 The Bristol Suffragettes, Hutton Ladies, Hutton Village Hall, BS24 9SN, 7.30 pm, Tuesday 2 May 2017

 A talk about the Bristol suffragettes.


Spinsters, Hysterics and Ungrateful Women: The Anti Suffrage Movement, Wrexham Carnival of Words, Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 1AU, 1 pm Thursday 4 May 2017

Many men and women were opposed to the women’s franchise. Why did they think women should not have the vote, how did they try to prevent it, and how did the anti suffrage campaign affect both militant and non-militant campaigners? In this talk I will be looking at the sometimes hilarious and sometimes horrifying attempts of the antis to turn the tide.

Tickets £5. To book visit the Wrexham Carnival of Words website.


Women’s Objection to War Work in the First World War, Women and Peace 1914-2017, 10 am to 4.15 pm, 13 May 2017, Melville Centre, Abergavenny

I will be talking about Women’s Objection to War Work in the First World War as part of a day school on Women and Peace 1914-2017. The event is jointly organised by the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, The Women’s Archive of Wales, and Abergavenny Museum. Other talks include conscientious objectors in Swansea, and a panel of women reflecting on their experiences of Greenham Common, as well as an exhibition of banners etc. Tickets £7 for the day. To book and for further details visit the website.


Women and the Labour Movement in Britain from 1880 to 1950: The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network Annual Conference, Saturday 1 July 2017

This year’s conference is organised in partnership with Llafur, Cymdeithas Hanes Pobl Cymru – The Welsh People’s History Society, and will take place in Aberdare. Further details to follow. For information on Llafur see their website.