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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Some readers of my posts may feel confused by the polarised nature of my activities: on the one hand writing early medieval fiction and the other hand writing future fiction about exoplanets and other life poetics. I get quite confused by this paradox myself! However, the medieval historian Henry of…
William Blake, Newton, 1795. William Blake was critical of the rigid, reductive influence of Newton’s ideas, of his insensibility to vision and ethical restraint. Describing Blake’s portrait, Alan Moore remarks that: ‘Newton sits in single-minded concentration, crouched above his calculations and immune to the more fractal charm of blue and…
Llansteffan Castle, overlooking the triple river estuary of Carmarthen Bay A review of Conquest: Daughter of the Last King and interview with me by Lisa Redmond has just been published in the February issue of Historical Novels Review. I told Lisa that ‘Conquest was sparked by my travels back and…