I am absolutely thrilled to be making a return visit to the beautiful island of Alderney for a one-day special event, a brand new biennial festival Literally Gothic. I will be talking about –

“Devilish plots” and “monstrous aberrations”:  Making monsters of man and nature in the 1600’s.

What better time to explore gothic literature than in October, when the dark nights are creeping in. I’ll be in the company of some wonderful authors, who will be talking part on the day – Rosie Garland, Andrew Hurley and Anna Mazzola and the festival will be opened by Xavier Aldana Reyes, who lectures in Gothic Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University.



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.



Dogberry & Finch Books, Okehampton, Devon
SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Medieval thriller event with Karen Maitland & Michael Jecks

​​I am so delighted to be joining the distinguished writer of medieval crime fiction and fellow Medieval Murderer, Michael Jecks in a double-bill event hosted by the wonderfully named Dogberry & Finch Books. This is a new independent bookshop which has opened this autumn in Okehampton, Devon. It is fantastic to have a bookshop opening, when so many are closing, so if you find yourself in Devon in the next few months, please do pop in and cheer them on. And I hope you can come along on Saturday 30th November too. Mike and I would love to have your company.
















Karen recently visited Audible to talk about THE PLAGUE CHARMER. Listen in here!

A free e-short which unveils the dark historical context to Karen’s new novel, The Raven’s Head.

Alchemy. The word conjures up images of magic, mystery and dark dungeons full of bubbling potions, with shadowy figures poring over ancient manuscripts in pursui of the secret formula that will allow them to turn base metal into pure gold. And, for centuries, this image of alchemy was not far from the truth…

Take science and politics. Mix with desire and desperation. Leave to intensify. And you shall have the legendary world of the medieval alchemists, expertly drawn by the Queen of the Dark Ages.

*Includes real recipes devised by medieval alchemists


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