A visit to the island of Alderney has been on my bucket list ever since we saw our friends' holiday photos, so there was dancing and singing here at Downie Towers when an invitation to the Alderney Literary Festival arrived. Below are a few photos of my own, along with some random thoughts about the … Continue reading Small Island
It's been a busy few days - first, a long weekend in York, a city crammed with Roman activity past and present. Then down south to spend five days in search of the far more elusive Roman Devon. Finally, with all photos downloaded and all mud washed off, there's time to update the blog... The … Continue reading From Eboracum to Ipplepen
I know... no blog posts for ages, and then two in a row. But just in case anyone's missed the publicity so far... Eboracum Roman Festival is coming very soon, and it's going to be spectacular. There's a splendid programme of events for all ages, and much of the festival is freely open to the … Continue reading Eboracum Roman Festival – counting down to 1 June!
How many people can you fit on a war chariot? What did the people Caesar called "Britons" call themselves? Since you've finished with that character in your story, can I kill him in mine? These are the kind of questions that have been bandied about over the summer by the team putting together a collection … Continue reading A grand day out with the Celts
There comes a point when even I have to stop talking. When it seems the supply of words - written and spoken - is drying up, and it's time to retrench, or retreat, or recharge, or something. The well is empty, and it needs time to refill. So while the editor ponders the first draft … Continue reading Drawing breath
Big news in recent weeks, as Ruso and Tilla have mentioned on their Facebook page. (They must be reading my mind.) It now seems someone's found a way to read the charcoal ink on the scrolls that were burned to a crisp by Vesuvius almost 2000 years ago. There really is a chance that Herculaneum's … Continue reading The library of illegible books
Thanks to lovely Stuart, chief shepherd at 3Sheep, for the revamp of the website. He's now handed it back to me and I've been doing my best not to break it. If anything either doesn't work or doesn't make sense please be kind enough to tell me and I'll see if I can mend it, … Continue reading New website, very old gate
I've had the pleasure of being a guest twice this week - first on a virtual trip across to Alison Morton's blog, where I was sharing a few mental meanderings about historical truth and donkey poo. Alison is the author of the Roma Nova series, set in a world where the Roman Empire hasn't fallen … Continue reading The pleasure of being a guest
Had a grand day out today visiting what the BBC says is "England's westernmost Roman town". Exeter University are running a 4-week dig there at the moment. I'm not sure they've actually dug up any buildings yet (tho' there are some round houses showing on the geophys) but they do have a lovely stretch of … Continue reading England’s Westernmost Roman Town (so far).
To my shame, I knew next to nothing about Ham Hill until it appeared on the news a couple of weeks ago. Turns out it's by far the biggest Hill Fort in the country, and it's day-trip distance from our house. So last week, prompted by this link sent by a couple of kind readers, … Continue reading Ham Hill