Philippa Gregory’s passionate defence of the historical novel

On Saturday 29th September, Philippa Gregory delivered a fabulous opening address at our London conference.  She discussed, among many other things, the importance of narrative in retelling history and using facts uncovered through research to re-create women’s lives and give voice to ordinary people from the past.

It was both wonderful and wonderfully inspiring, addressing what we do as historical fiction writers and what we look for as readers.  She held the audience rapt for the entire 40-minute talk.

Thanks to Philippa for granting permission to post her keynote address, and to Johnny Yates for his stellar production skills.

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