The new novel from seven talented members of the H-team is published today - and as ever, they've been weaving old stories together in new ways. I wasn't involved this time (deadlines!) and I can't wait to find out what the team have done with the story we all 'think' we know. Meanwhile, they've been … Continue reading The Trojans are back!
They say you should put the important information at the top of a piece, just in case nobody reads any further, so here it is - I'll be at Calne Library in Wiltshire this Tuesday evening with the irrepressible Ben Kane, author of Roman military fiction and owner of a pair of repro Roman boots … Continue reading And there’s more…
Sometimes I can't believe the amazing places writers get to sneak into. Next weekend I'll be privileged to be involved in three fabulous events. If you're anywhere near any of them please do come and join us. I've mentioned the first two before, but here they are again - Friday 1st November - at Eton … Continue reading What a weekend!
[*or girl - Ed.] For those of us who sit hunched over a computer all day, a chance to get out and meet real people is very exciting. I'll be taking part in several events over the next few weeks so if you're able to join us, please come and say hello. 16 October - … Continue reading Events, dear boy,* events
I love the British Museum more every time I visit. Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed by the same volcano AD 79, in but in different ways, so that different kinds of things survived in the buried wreckage. Now the British Museum has cleverly put items from the two together to give a vivid picture of … Continue reading Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
(I'm guessing that if you've got past the title of this piece, you have the sort of constitution that will cope with the rest. You have been warned!) "Say the word and he'll produce a fish out of a sow's belly, a pigeon out of the lard, a turtle dove out of the ham, and … Continue reading Stuffed thrush with rotted fish-guts, anyone?
This seems like a good time for a few words from Seneca (d. AD65) to his friend Lucilius: It is the month of December, and yet the city is at this very moment in a sweat. Licence is given to the general merrymaking. Everything resounds with mighty preparations - as if the Saturnalia differed at … Continue reading Mighty Preparations
As I believe I've mentioned before, one of my favourite guides to the blogosphere is the Rogue Classicist. Many of his posts are of particular interest to - surprise surprise - classicists, rather than general readers, but when the daily digest drops into the inbox there's usually something I can't resist following up. Today's contains … Continue reading Rogueclassicism