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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I just published this review on the a-n magazine site: http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4462155 on Claire Cote and Anna Keleher’s art project Radio Dreaming created in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in Ireland. You can listen to the radio programmes online. The link is on the review.Filed under: Art and Ecology, Contemporary…
Currently writing an essay about Claire Cote and Anna Keleher’s extraordinary Radio Dreaming project where they travelled around Ireland talking with people about the Marble Arch Caves, off-grid living, local traditions, histories, music, and then created a series of radio programmes that you can listen to online: http://dreamingplaceproject.wordpress.com/radio-dreaming/episodes/Filed under: Uncategorized…
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…