I am a writer and art historian based in Wales and France. My first novel, Almodis the Peaceweaver (Impress Books, 2011, www.impress-books.co.uk ISBN 9781907605055), 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, ISBN 9781907605598) 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 one of the founders of the Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competitition http://ifancahelenejamescompetition.wordpress.com
I also write about contemporary artists and I am a keen historical fiction reader.
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My article on English historical novelists living and writing in southern France has just been published in Historical Novels Review. You can read it here: France Filed under: Historical Fiction Tagged: france, middle ages, writing
The next UK Historical Novel Society conference will be held in Oxford in September 2016. Conference speakers include Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier, Melvyn Bragg and Kate Williams. In addition to authors’ presentations, there are panels, workshops, one-to-ones with editors and agents, networking opportunities, 1066 re-enactors and more. The Historical Novel…
Very interesting article on twins in literature by Ann Morgan in The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/15/twins-literature-useful-storytelling?CMP=share_btn_tw My novel, Almodis, features identical twins whose lives take different directions but who continue emotionally connected. I spoke with a number of twins about their experiences as part of my research.Filed under: Fiction Tagged: historical fiction, writing