“We have to hope that our characters will forgive us…”

"...because we're doing the best that we can." Margaret George, Historical Novel Society conference, 2016. I've never been to the Historical Novel Society conference before, but after last weekend I'm wondering why. It was splendid. If you want to read a well thought-out blog piece about it, there's one in the Times Literary Supplement. If … Continue reading “We have to hope that our characters will forgive us…”

From Eboracum to Ipplepen

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

Eboracum Roman Festival – counting down to 1 June!

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!

“What’s new & old & read all over?”

Judith Starkston takes a good look at the current state of fiction set in the ancient world for the latest edition of Historical Novels Review. This is technically a members-only publication but the many writers who chipped in with our opinions are allowed to leap the fence and go public! As writing is usually a … Continue reading “What’s new & old & read all over?”

Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived?

Friends who followed the Blog Hop a couple of years ago will have met my writing friend Alison Morton. Alison's created a gripping alternative thriller world, where her 21st century Praetorian heroines survive kidnapping, betrayal and a vicious nemesis while using their Roman toughness and determination to save their beloved country. Unfortunately, their love lives … Continue reading Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived?

A grand day out with the Celts

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

The library of illegible books

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