Here Comes Summer . . .

13 April 2015

There's always the sense, once the Easter holidays are over, that we're now on the way to summer. After a glorious week of research in Toulouse and Carcassonne – staying at the magnificent Hotel de la Cité – it's a shock to be back, thinking about previous books not the ones about to take shape. This week, I've an event with Erica Wagner on Thursday about The Taxidermist's Daughter, articles to write ahead of the 10th anniversary of the publication of Labyrinth and, tonight sees the announcement of the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist. Check out the list

Read More

Spring in Carcassonne

7 April 2015

Those of you following me on Twitter will realise I am - at long last - back in Carcassonne. The last time I was here was for Channel 4  filming Labyrinth in 2012. Since then, writing The Mistletoe Bride short stories and my Gothic novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, have kept me walking the English landscape. Now, in the build up to the 10th anniversary of publication of Labyrinth, I'm here to begin research for my new set of novels - The Burning Chambers Trilogy - which begins here, in Languedoc, at the end of the 16th century. Pas a pas,

Read More

It’s Finally Here – ‘Page to Stage’ starts tomorrow . . .

26 March 2015

The inaugural Page to Stage Drama & Literary Festival at the Hampstead Theatre is finally about to start. On Friday, I'll be talking to Nina Raine and Janet Suzman about directing their own work; on Saturday, I'm taking part in a panel discussion about radio adaptation with Clive Brill, Shelagh Stephenson and Penny Smith and hosting a one-to-one conversation event with the legendary Rupert Everett. Sunday sees us talking about the making of the new hit musical, Sunny Afternoon, with Hampstead Theatre AD, Edward Hall, and writer Joe Penhall. Later, William Boyd and Hilary Bevan Jones join me and Ed

Read More

Page to Stage Literary & Drama Festival

10 March 2015

Hampstead Theatre, 27 - 29th March 2015 This has been a busy few days.  Not only the wonderful Women of the World Festival at London's South Bank Centre and the Aldeburgh Literary Festival - one of the most enjoyable boutique festivals - last weekend, but the announcement of the the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist. Coming up, it's the trade paperback publication of The Taxidermist's Daughter and we're putting the finishing touches to the inaugural Page to Stage Literary and Drama Festival at the Hampstead Theatre.  I've been telling Ham&High all about the festival, you can read the

Read More

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

Read More