I am a writer based in UK and France. My latest novel, Conquest: Daughter of the Last King (Impress Books, 2016, www.impress-books.co.uk) tells the story of a Welsh noblewoman caught up in the struggle between the Welsh and the Normans at the turn of the 11th century. I was awarded a Literature Wales Writers Bursary for work on the novel.
My first novel, Almodis the Peaceweaver (Impress Books, 2011), 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 and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative. It received a Santander Research Award.
My second novel, The Viking Hostage (Impress Books, 2014) 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 a member of the Society of Authors, the Royal Society of Literature and the Historical Novel Society. I write book reviews for Historical Novels Review and Times Higher Education. I also write about contemporary artists and I am a keen historical fiction reader.
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Nest ferch Rhys, the 12th century Welsh princess, is the heroine of my fiction trilogy, Conquest. Nest was wife or mistress to a Norman king, a Welsh prince, and the Norman constables of Pembroke and Cardigan castles. Interpretations of the few facts known about Nest ferch Rhys vary greatly. In…
I am currently writer in residence at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, on the Finnish island of Suomenlinna, working on a project called Frontiers in Retreat. Frontiers in Retreat is an art and ecology project I have been involved in for the last four years. A series of exhibitions,…
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