Badly dressed for the Bard

Big thanks to Fiona and the staff at the lovely Walter Henry’s bookshop in Bideford, who marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on Saturday with tea and cake and fine hospitality. The collective noun for a gathering of  local readers, writers and historians should probably be ‘a gossip’ but we fell respectfully silent to … Continue reading Badly dressed for the Bard

A Year of Ravens – Rebellion is stirring!

"Britannia: land of mist and magic clinging to the western edge of the Roman Empire. A red-haired queen named Boudica led her people in a desperate rebellion against the might of Rome, an epic struggle destined to consume heroes and cowards, young and old, Roman and Briton . . . and these are their stories." … Continue reading A Year of Ravens – Rebellion is stirring!

A YEAR OF RAVENS: A NOVEL OF BOUDICA

Lest anyone should think absolutely nothing's been happening at Downie Towers while the  editor was drafting her feedback on Ruso 7 - here's news of a completely independent project. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the award-nominated team who put together A Day of Fire last year, and this is what we've … Continue reading A YEAR OF RAVENS: A NOVEL OF BOUDICA

The pleasure of being a guest

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

Blog tour: My writing process

Thanks to Judi Moore, multi-talented author of “Is death really necessary?” for inviting me to join the blog tour that hunts out the answers to four questions. Mercifully, "Is death really necessary?" isn't one of them. Judi’s answers can be found here.  Mine are below. I'm charged with handing on the baton, and have contacted … Continue reading Blog tour: My writing process

Writing – a spectator sport ?

A friend recently sent me this link to news of MASTERPIECE, a “reality show for writers” soon to be broadcast on Italian television. I read the article with mounting amazement, wondering, who on earth would go in for something like that?  And then I remembered. It started with a conversation over the wine and peanuts … Continue reading Writing – a spectator sport ?