Page to Stage

2 March 2015

Hampstead Theatre 27 - 29 March Spring is here! And to celebrate the lengthening of the days, at the end of March, I'm taking part in the inaugural Page to Stage Drama and Literary Festival at Hampstead Theatre, in London. The brainchild of actress and singer, Issy van Randwyck, it's a Festival with a difference. The idea is to bring together writers, directors, performers, choreographers, adapters, anyone who is involved in putting words on a page or words on a stage.  The line up is fantastic - Kathy Lette, Justine Picardie, Paul O'Grady, Dame Janet Suzman, Sheila Hancock, David Walliams

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On the Road – Chichester, Bath, Aldeburgh

23 February 2015

Those following me on Twitter, will have noticed I escaped the wind, rain and snow of England for a few days and ran away to the sun.  Sometimes, when planning a new novel (or sequence of novels), it's often easier to remove oneself from the day-to-day: the pressures of the inbox, of paper post, of piles of filing teetering on the corners of the table, and be somewhere where you can, simply, think. But restored now, and back in the UK, I find the next few weeks actually are about talking about books rather than writing them:  the first event

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Taking Stock

26 January 2015

After a few weeks away from social media, I'm gently starting to get going for 2015.  A few tweets, mostly of the places I've been or that inspire me, and this is the first Blog of the New Year.   I've been planning the year to come, a mixture of scheduling events and research, blocking out time for writing, seeing how I'd like to organise the Spring, the Summer and the Autumn. A few decisions:  first, with writing, a change is as good as a rest, so although I'm now deep in research for the next series of novels, the next

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Goodbye to All That . . .

15 December 2014

This is the final blog I'll be writing for 2014. Last Friday, I had the last TTD event – at the British Library in London with the wonderful author and classicist Natalie Haynes – and so I'm free to empty my mind of taxidermy (at least until the paperback comes out) and concentrate on research for the next series of novels. I'd like to take the chance, here, therefore to thank all of my readers for their support, interest, lovely comments, emails and tweets over the course of 2014. I'd like, of course, also to thank the wonderful high street

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December is . . .

5 December 2014

. . . the beginning of research for the new sequence of novels. Today, I'm leaving behind the cold and mist of the UK for a hotter climate, notebook and pen in hand. Camera too, not for tourist snaps but so that I can remember everything I see. You never know what will spark the imagination or what will turn out, in the end, to be nothing useful. However, once I'm back, there's one final event in The Taxidermist's Daughter tour. On Friday 12th December at 6.30pm - at the wonderful British Library in London - I will be in

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