March 24-26 – Very much looking forward to the Alderney Literary Festival – there’s a great lineup of historical writers. I’ll be talking about the background to “Vita Brevis” and also speaking up for the Britons before dinner on Saturday night – while Simon Turney puts the case for the Romans, and Simon Scarrow attempts to keep the peace. Should be fun!

April 29 – May 1  I’m privileged to be part of a “Writers in the Cabin” weekend at beautiful Bucks Mills, North Devon . The cabin, which is rarely open, used to belong to two artists who used it as their studio from the 1920’s until 1971. The National Trust have left it ‘frozen in time,’ just as it was when they left.

More details soon, but it looks as though I’ll be there with Wendy Percival on the 29th.  Fellow-scribes Janet Few, PJ Reed, Susan Hughes, Liz Shakespeare and Pamela Vass will also be in residence over the weekend.

The location is fabulous but we’ve been warned that there’s no electricity and no plumbing, so visitors may be treated to the sight of us not only writing but dancing.

June 1-4 The wonderful Eboracum Roman Festival is back! Here’s a link to my post about it from last year, and this year’s is shaping up to be even bigger and better.

July 25 Meeting a group of visitors to show off part of Hadrian’s Wall. Always a delight! Plus, it gives me another chance to post my favourite photo from the last tour:

Rainbow over cliffs at Hadrians Wall