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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Robert Smithson, A Heap of Language, 1966 Open call for expressions of interest from writers, artists, and others interested in participating in a workshop exploring the vocabulary of ecology, and taking place Sat 8-Sun 9 July 2017. Deadline for expressions of interest: 31 May. The workshop will set words off…
My interview with Carol Drinkwater just published. Her new novel, The Lost Girl, is set in Paris and published next month.Filed under: France Tagged: novel, olives, writing
The Dunstable Swan Jewel ‘The only plagues of London are the immoderate drinking of fools and the frequency of fires’ wrote William Fitz Stephen in his account of the city in the 12th century. On a recent trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts I came across a little book called Norman London…