The Sloe Fair

20 October 2014

After a week of talking and interviewing, this week is - mostly - a week of researching and writing.   Today, though, I'm going to try to stay away from my computer, from libraries, from archives and, instead, try to celebrate my birthday.   It's easy in Chichester since it is the day the fair comes to town for one day only. Sloe Fair - believed to be so called because of the sloe trees that once grew here - is held at Northgate, about half a mile from our house.  The first fair was held in 1007 or 1008, when King

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Words, Words, Words

13 October 2014

As all writers know, after the writing comes the talking... talking about the writing, talking about other people's writing, talking about inspirations for books past and stories to come.   This week, though, I will be at two of my very favourite festivals.   On Friday, at the Electric Theatre, I'll be taking part in the Guildford Book Festival.  Not only is it (kind of) local to me in Chichester, but under the direction of Jim and Adele Parks, it's becoming one of those wonderful boutique festivals which successfully manages both to attract big names (Sheila Hancock was one of the opening

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Support your local bookshop with Books are My Bag!

6 October 2014

       Over the past couple of books, like many authors, I've visited lots of wonderful independent booksellers to do readings, events, promotions:  Mr B's in Bath, Toppings in Ely, the Chorleywood Bookshop, Hayling Island Books, Booka Books in Oswestry are just a few who have made me welcome.   This Saturday - 11th October - is launch day for Books are My Bag, a campaign supporting indies up and down the country.   I'll be in my home town of Chichester giving a talk about The Taxidermist's Daughter in the beautiful bookshop in Pallant House Gallery. Given this year's bags are designed by

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An Evening of Terror & Wonder at The British Library

29 September 2014

This time of year always puts me in the mood for all things Gothic. The nights are drawing in, there's a chill in the air and there's nothing I like better than to curl up by the fire with a good scary story. When researching my own Gothic thriller The Taxidermist's Daughter, it was a great pleasure to go back to some of the Gothic and Horror novels I'd enjoyed when I was younger, and revisit them as a writer rather than as a terrified reader. Given my love of the genre, I was delighted to be asked to give

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A Very Special Event at The Royal Albert Hall

22 September 2014

I've had a wonderfully hectic couple of weeks traveling around country promoting The Taxidermist's Daughter, and the tour bus shows no signs of slowing just yet. This week, however, I'm taking a short break from taxidermy to host a unique event at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Sing UK's 600-strong choir, made up of young people from UK, France, Germany, Belgium, will be performing  Karl Jenkins' most popular and successful work, The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace alongside the superb Philharmonia Orchestra. It's sure to be a brilliantly moving performance,

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