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.
It was lovely to return to the conference, Henri. Thank you for your write-up about it.
Wow! You’ve made this really come alive for those who weren’t there – great post. And so well put together I can’t believe it’s your first. More of the same, please.
Lovely! I’m glad you all had a nice time. Judging by the RNA – there is nothing more supportive (and fun) than a group of fellow writers getting together to share. (Wine helps)
Thanks for your lovely comments. It was my way of revisiting the conference, and I’m glad I’ve made it come alive for those who weren’t there. Oh, and yes, I forgot to mention the food and wine – which was delicious and plentiful respectively!
That was quite the A-list of historical writers. Philippa Gregory and Sarah Dunant are firm favourites of mine. And the pic of the court jester on his mobile – so surreal!
The court jester was Alex Farrow, and I was quite envious of his bike. Don’t think I’ll attempt to ride a contraption like that, tho…
Great first post, Henri. It sounds like you all had a fab time. Lovely photos too! 🙂 x
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Thanks for sharing, Henri – you all obviously had a great time. And an impressive blog. 🙂
Fascinating to see what you’ve all been doing! Thanks, Henri.
Sounds like a great conference and a fantastic line-up of writers. Thanks for sharing on your blog! Sx
really interesting blog. Thanks for the photos. Looked like a really good conference.
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