Diary Dates 2023

 SavFriday 27 January

What a delight to meet the members of Ilfracombe’s thiving U3A! Hopefully while they were enjoying their coffee and cake, hardly anyone noticed my panic when I realized that the gizmo that made the slideshow work was sitting at home on my desk. Luckily it was retrieved in time, and the audience were spared 45 minutes of me waving my hands about trying to describe things they couldn’t see.

SavSaturday 27 May Barnstaple Library – Literary Day

Looking forward to taking part in Barnstaple Library’s Literary Day – part of a series of arts events happening across the town during the Bank Holiday weekend.

I’ll be keeping company with several fellow-scribes in the foyer for most of the day, so do drop in and say hello if you’re in the area. There will be workshops and talks, one by me. I’ve been asked to bring the “terrifying medical instruments” I took to another library event. I suspect the librarian has been trying to forget them ever since.

More info on the Library Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BarnstapleLibrary

Weekend of 7-9 JulyEboracum Roman Festival

Eboracum’s splendid Roman Festival will be returning! Lots of men in shiny armour marching through the streets of York, a chance to talk books with “Roman” authors and historical fun for all the family in the gardens of the Yorkshire Museum. The programme is still being put together so do check before travelling. There’s a Facebook page here and this is the Yorkshire Museum website.

Roman soldiers on parade in a park. Ruined church buildings in background.


29-30 July – Colchester Roman Festival

Meet the Romans in the shadow of the wonderful Colchester Castle, once the site of the Temple to Claudius. Plenty of entertainment and education, with Roman traders selling their wares and some splendid fights in the arena. Plus writers, storytellers, donkey rides and the chance to sit on a Roman toilet. Here’s the website.

Recreated Roman latrine with two wooden seats next to each other and a barrel holding 2 sponges on sticks.