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,

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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

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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

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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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