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September 9, 2019


Shrewsbury Literature Festival

“Research and the Historic Novel Event”

Sunday 24th November at 10.30 am.

In Shrewsbury Public Library

I am really excited to be taking part in very special event for the Shrewsbury Festival of Literature with Kate Innes, author of the medieval novels – “The Errant Hours” and “All the Winding World“.

The Cadfael archives of great medieval crime novelist, Ellis Peters, are housed in Shrewsbury Library. They are rarely on display, but as part of the festival they will be on show in library and will form the background to our event. I am a huge fan of the character Brother Cadfael and of the amazingly vivid world that Ellis Peters brought alive for us. So, I feel like a child in a toyshop at the prospect of being able to see these archives.

Kate and I will be talking about the research that forms both the background and inspiration for our novels and how the material we’ve discovered in libraries and other archive sources have influenced our writing, and shaped the plots, characters and ideas for our novels. Kate will be telling you about her research into the Templars for her new novel and I will be talking about the Sisters of the Knights of St. John, the Great Famine, the tinners and cunning women who feature in my novel “A GATHERING OF GHOSTS”, and how I researched the medieval backgrounds to my other novels.

I do hope that you can come along and take this wonderful opportunity to see the Cadfael archives, as well share a morning with us.



















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