I am a writer and art historian based in Wales and France. My first historical novel, Almodis: The Peaceweaver (Impress Books, 2011, www.impress-books.co.uk ISBN 9781907605055), is set in 11th century Toulouse and Barcelona and tells the story of the Occitan female lord, Almodis of La Marche. It was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative. It received a Santander Research Award.
My second novel, Viking Hostage, will be published this year and is set in 10th century France and Wales. Like my first novel, it is based on real historical characters and incidents. The story springs from the kidnap of a French noblewoman on the night before her wedding, during a Viking raid of an island monastery.
I am one of the founders of the Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competitition http://ifancahelenejamescompetition.wordpress.com
I also write about contemporary artists and I am a keen historical fiction reader.
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Just returned from London and a meeting about art on the waterways. Last year a new charity, the Canal & River Trust, took on responsibility for many canals and rivers in England and Wales. They are running a programme of Arts on the Waterways to raise awareness and engagement with…
This year’s deadline for the Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition is 1 July 2014 Submissions should be a maximum of 2,200 words. Entry fee: £3 per story 1st Prize £100 & a bottle of champagne 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25 Full details of how to enter, the competition…
Revisiting two books I found very useful during my MA in Creative Writing at University of Wales Trinity St David: David Kaplan’s Rewriting and Paul Mills’ Writing in Action. Kaplan’s ‘Laundry List’ of weasel words, or the written equivalent of umming and erring, helps me tighten up writing, and Mills’…