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Historical Novel Society Conference, Oxford

I leave France on Thursday for a long weekend among ‘the dreaming spires’ and the chance to meet up with other historical novelists at the annual conference of The Historical Novel Society. My usual literary experience is the Hay on Wye Festival, which is more of a tents, mud and wellies affair 🙂 but I’m…
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French version of ‘Someone To Look Up To’

‘Someone to Look Up To’ published in French – a dream come true! I remember when bestselling Swansea author Iris Gower came to tea in about 1992, before a workshop in the school where I was teaching, and she gave me a copy of ‘Copper Kingdom’ in French (why French I have no idea! She…
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Trickster Eric Blogger Reviews ‘Plaint for Provence’

A 5* review for ‘Plaint from Provence’ from writer/blogger Brian Wilkerson, author of the Trickster Eric books. ‘There is no Big Bad because Miss Gill skillfully creates a Grey-and-Grey-Morality setting, and what is more impressive is that she does this without making everyone into a morally ambiguous jerk.’ It’s fascinating to read what a fan…
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Northumberland UK, here I come!

Meet 3 wonderful writers and me - not to be missed

Strikes in France have me biting my nails re travel plans but it looks promising so with a fair wind for Northumberland I should get to an amazing event. The Four Fictionnaires are reading together in Rothbury Golf Club, June 20th, 7.30p.m. with an open bar and traditional music to create a northern welcome to…
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Guesting on Welsh Wednesdays

Big thanks to the wonderful historical fiction writer Christoph Fischer for inviting me onto his blog for a Welsh Wednesday. We met online but it turns out that Cristoph lives in my ‘other home’ in Carmarthenshire and is the driving force behind the Llandeilo Festival, which I hope to get to in 2017. meanwhile, here’s…
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Watching your medieval language

How far should a historical novelist make her language antique-sounding? here are some of my thoughts in a blog for Mary Anne Yarde. ‘Thou shalt be like totally awesome’

Longlisted for Historical Novel Society Award 2017!

GREAT news! I feel VERY honoured that ‘Plaint for Provence is The Historical Novel Society https://www.facebook.com/historicalnovelsociety ‘s Editor’s Choice ‘For each quarterly issue of the Historical Novels Review, the editors will select a small number of titles they feel exemplify the best in historical fiction. These novels, which come highly recommended from our reviewers, have…
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The audiobook for ‘How Blue is my Valley’ is now LIVE on audible, on amazon uk, should be on itunes and amazon.com! More outlets will follow and you really should listen to the extract to appreciate the lovely voice of top narrator, actress Jan Cramer. Working with Jan was a real pleasure and to hear my…
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Review for ‘Crystal Balls’ from 5 Girls Book Reviews

5 Girls Book Reviews is a great blog run by – you guessed – 5 girls, a mom and 4 daughters. Angel (13) reviewed my two YA books. I struggle to find the right shelf in online bookshops for what are probably ‘middle grade’ books so it was interesting to get public feedback from a…
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Young blogger, Angel (13) reviews ‘On the Other Hand’

YA reviewer on 5 Girls Book Reviews blogs about my YA book ‘On the Other Hand’ – lovely to get feedback from a young reader and to know Ryan was her favourite character. Read the review here