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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The New Welsh Review has launched a new writing award – open to all UK writers and anyone educated in Wales. 8,000-30,000 words non-fiction on nature and the environment. Deadline 1 November 2014. First prize £1000 and more. See the website for full details: http://www.newwelshwritingawards.comFiled under: Art and Ecology, Writing
Remote Performances is a series of radio broadcasts in early August from the Outlandia treehouse in Glen Nevis. I am running a workshop with local writers and we will broadcast on Thursday 7 August. I will also be blogging on the project during that week. Check the Remote Performances website…
Presented a paper on my collaborations with London Fieldworks and Urbonas Studio at University of Brighton Research Festival, Pushing the Boundaries, this week. Amongst the many highlights of the day for me were: participating in a discussion with Mikhail Karikis on his new film, Children of Unquiet, Damon Taylor’s presentation…