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March 28, 2017

Karen is delighted to announce that she has recently been invited to join the EXETER AUTHORS ASSOCIATION and one of the first events in which she will taking part, is the CREDITON LITERARY FESTIVAL, which we all hope will be the first of many more Book Festivals to take place in the town. Festival goers will not just be treated to a range of talks from novelists, non-fiction authors and poets, but aspiring authors will have also the opportunity to attend free writing surgeries and enter a short story competition.


Saturday 16th 2018 June 2-5pm


Crediton Library, Belle Parade, Crediton, EX17 2AA

At 2.15pm Karen will be joining fellow Medieval Murderer, Michael Jecks, on the sofa at Crediton Library to talk about all things medieval.

Others speakers during the afternoon include Tracey and Mark Norman discussing ‘Witchcraft and Folklore’; Richard Dee and PJ Reed exploring ‘Fantasy Worlds’ and JE Hall and Susie Grogan delving into ‘Wicked Crime and Deadly Diseases’. Richard Lapps will be sharing the Secrets of a Royal Photographer and poets, Jeni Braund and Brian Willis will be reading some of their poetry. All that and free cupcakes too!


Wednesday 11th July 2018


Totnes Library, The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RP

Step back into the Middle Ages with historical mystery writers Karen Maitland and Michael Jecks as they discuss the trials and tribulations of writing historical crime fiction; what they have uncovered in their research and the dark world of  medieval murder.

The event has been organised by The Friends of Totnes Library to raise much needed funds to help support our public libraries.

For further details and to book, please contact


Saturday 29th September 2018


Every year, Dunstan in Lincolnshire holds a very popular scarecrow festival over Saturday and Sunday, but this year is special, because as part of the festival, Dunstan Book Group have decided to set up a Book Exchange in the village’s redundant red telephone box to encourage everyone to discover the joy of books. Karen is thrilled to have been invited to cut the ribbon to open the Telephone Box Book Exchange on the Saturday afternoon of the festival weekend. If you find yourself in Lincolnshire that weekend, please do come along and join in all the fun of the Scarecrow Festival and help us celebrate the wonderful world of ‘books in a box’.


Saturday October 6th 2018


Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD

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A very special one day event is being organised in the stunning coastal village of Boscastle at the world-famous Museum of Witchcraft. Karen will be of the speakers at a family day exploring all aspects of magic both historical and fictional. Events will include talks, live music, songs and a Swedish storyteller telling Scandinavian folk tales about witches.

Further details will be announced soon.





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