Perhaps it’s appropriate that my first blog post should be about books and writing, so I’ll take this opportunity to report back from the Historical Novel Society Conference which was held at the stunning venue of University of Westminster on the 28th to the 30thSeptember.
It was FANTASTIC, with many interesting talks featuring authors, publishers, and booksellers, and a chance to meet well-known authors, such as Barbara Erskine, Barbara Ewing, Bernard Cornwell, C W Gortner, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Chadwick, Lindsey Davis, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, and Sarah Dunant just to mention a few. There were even re-enactors present, which lent a note of authenticity to the surroundings. Here are a few photos:
When I wasn’t in plenary session (or eating!), I attended a couple of workshops. One was “Historical Fiction for the Young Adult Market” on Saturday led by Helen Hart and V Campbell, who provided an interesting insight into this very specific market. I chose this workshop because I’m always looking for books to entice my children with.
On Sunday thriller writers VM Whitworth and Rory Clements spoke about the challenges of writing historical thrillers in the workshop “The Thrill of the Chase”. I don’t think I’ve ever learnt so much in one hour about Anglo-Saxon coins and murder most horrid in dark Tudor alleyways!
To sum up, it was a fun, informative, and quite exhausting weekend. The future of historical fiction looks bright, which is good news for both readers and writers alike.