I have a soft spot for books about Roman Britain which I think has more to do with reading Rosemary Sutcliffe than studying Tacitus (yes, I did that too, once upon a time!) So it’s a pleasure to welcome Scottish writer Nancy Jardine to talk about researching this fascinating era. Thank you so much for … Continue reading History, Fiction and Archaeology. Nancy Jardine talks about Scotland in the First Century A.D.
Memoir is a genre which I like to dip into from time to time, my favourites to date being Tim Lott’s The Scent of Dried Roses and Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood – both moving and memorable in different ways. Today I’m inviting Clare Best, Linen Press’ latest author, to talk about her memoir The Missing … Continue reading The Missing List: a memoir by Clare Best
The old home town was not looking the same when I arrived at Dunfermline Bus Station (why do they keep moving it?) last Saturday morning for the second Outwith Festival. ‘Reminds me of the Gala Day,‘ said my old school friend Marilyn when we eventually caught up with each other, and yes, there was that buzz … Continue reading Past meets present at Dunfermline’s new arts festival: #iamoutwith
Last year when I noticed a new competition from Bath Flash Fiction called Novella in Flash (2019 entry here), I thought straight away of my St Andrews 2016 collection ‘In Sunshine and in Shadow’ which with some stringent editing could have qualified. But in the end I was too busy expanding this into the novel … Continue reading Novella in Flash – Three Men (and one writer) on the Edge
So now I have read two of the novels shortlisted for the 2018 Sir Walter Scott Prize which seems like a good time to tell you what I think. I was attracted to Sugar Money when I saw it was set in Grenada because a) I had never read a novel set in Grenada and b) … Continue reading Historical Fiction: The Sir Walter Scott Prize
In a world full of cultural offerings where the smallest village has its own literary weekend, you might wonder if here, right between the hip and cool Bristol Litfest (by the way when do we get to see this year’s programme, guys?) and the star-studded Bath and Cheltenham extravaganzas, we actually need another. But let’s … Continue reading Who needs another Literature Festival? We do!
Ever since I became embroiled in what turned out to be fictional biography (and turned into In the Blink of an Eye), I’ve been fascinated by how different authors approach this genre. I was therefore delighted to accept a review copy of Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, the story of American journalist Martha Gellhorn … Continue reading Love and Ruin by Paula McLain