Postmortem on Bodies

No report on the very enjoyable Bodies in the Bookshop day here, because it's over at the Mystery People website, complete with photos. Incidentally, what an august venue the Cambridge Union is! And how glad and guilty I felt to be there, while  only fifty miles away, tougher members of the Historical Writers' Association were … Continue reading Postmortem on Bodies

Reshuffling the Bodies

A few changes to the programme for Bodies in the Bookshop, so here's the official email, hot off the internet this morning - Bodies in the Bookshop 2012 Saturday 14th July from 10am The Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UB (link to: http://www.cus.org/about/where-find-us) Join us in the Cambridge Union for our biggest … Continue reading Reshuffling the Bodies

Bodies – Beyond The Bookshop

They've already demonstrated how a huge number of crime readers and writers can cram themselves into one shop on a summer evening. Now the organisers of the annual 'Bodies in the Bookshop' extravangza have decided it's time for a new challenge.  On Saturday 14 July they'll be showing us all how to move a whole … Continue reading Bodies – Beyond The Bookshop

Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books

Above is one of the largest and loveliest of all the books here at Downie Towers. Apart from a brief trip to the radiator to have its photo taken, it lives on the floor. It's too big and heavy to go anywhere else. However - if the property gods are kind (and here in the … Continue reading Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books

Greenbelt, and the strange passing of time

I've been trying to think of something clever and entertaining to say about the Greenbelt Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, but it was just... too big. Too exhuberant. Too thought-provoking, and too gloriously diverse to pull together in a few words. (Which is a poor show for someone who calls herself a writer, I know.) At … Continue reading Greenbelt, and the strange passing of time

Good news and bad news

First, the good news. The lovely shiny new Historical Writers Association website is now up and running, with a forum for readers and writers to meet, discuss, question, argue, or just lurk quietly. The HWA will be running a  Festival of Historical Literature  during English Heritage's  Festival of History in July - of which more … Continue reading Good news and bad news