I am a writer based in UK and France. My novels are set in early medieval Europe and are based on real historical characters and incidents. The Conquest trilogy (Daughter of the Last King, 2016; The Drowned Court, 2017; and The Anarchy, due 2019) tell the story of a Welsh noblewoman caught up in the struggle between the Welsh and the Normans at the turn of the 11th century.
My first novel Almodis the Peaceweaver (2011) is set in 11th century Toulouse and Barcelona and tells the story of an Occitan female lord. My second novel The Viking Hostage (2014) is set in 10th century France and Wales. The story springs from the kidnap of a French noblewoman on the night before her wedding, during a Viking raid on an island monastery.
My writing awards include Authors’ Foundation Award, Literature Wales Writers Bursary, Santander Research Award and The Impress Prize Shortlist. My novels are published by Impress Books and I am a member of the Society of Authors and ALCS.
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The Midden is just published by Garret Publications, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi. It builds on the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology project. It includes essays by Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jussi Parikka, Jenni, and myself, and two short texts by future fiction writer, Emmi Itaranta. The design…
Coming soon: Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in these suspenseful, lyrical tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as…
Hot off the press, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, published by Garret Publications, with essays touching on art and ecologies, energy and post fossil futures, Mary Douglas and more, by Emmi Itäranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni and me.