Steph Haxton, historian and writer with a passion for seventeenth century social history, lives in West Cornwall. Her teaching career has included several years as a living history specialist visiting schools around the county with contracts for English Heritage, museums and heritage organisations. After lecturing for the WEA, a period as head of history in FE and managing education provision in Cornwall for English Heritage, she returned to freelance work and research projects. Steph was commissioned to write a play to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the granting of Falmouth’s Town Charter by Charles II. ‘Remember’ premiered in October 2011.
“It’s no exaggeration to say historical fiction changed my life. Marryat’s ‘Children of the New Forest’ sparked my fascination for the English Civil War. I read Dorothy Dunnett’s ‘Checkmate’ and became addicted to the Lymond chronicles. Stir in a period doing re-enactment when my children were small and there’s the recipe for my career!”