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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I have a series of book events coming up this year, talking on and presenting my new historical fiction trilogy, Conquest, which is set in 12th century Wales, England and France. I’ve been researching early medieval toilets, nuns, clothes, castles and some rather salacious poetry by clerics and dukes. The…
Dreaming Place is a new ebook by Anna Keleher with illustrations by Anna Keleher and Claire Cote. The two artists made two journeys wild-camping in the Marble Arch Caves Geopark which straddles the Ireland/Northern Ireland border. They talked with lots of local people about the relationship between the land and…
This month, in my ongoing series of interviews with ‘displaced’ writers for The Displaced Nation, I interviewed novelist Dinah Jefferies who grew up in Malaya, lived in Andalusia and now lives in the UK. You can read the interview here.Filed under: Blog Tagged: writers