Writing To The Fair Land

To the Fair Land‘Writing To the Fair Land’ is a short Powerpoint presentation (about ten minutes).

To The Fair Land is a historical mystery with elements of fantasy, which tells the story of one young man’s quest to discover the truth about a voyage of discovery to the Pacific to look for the mythical Great Southern Continent. In this talk I look at the history behind the story…

Watch ‘Writing To The Fair Land’ on YouTube 


Miss Browne’s Pluck: A Suffragette in North Wales

A short presentation for the British Association for Local History about suffrage campaigner Millicent Browne, part of BALH’s Ten Minute Talks series which are available free to view on their website.

Miss Browne’s Pluck: A Suffragette in North Wales is published as a Powerpoint presentation with spoken commentary, and accompanying notes are available. You can see the talk on the BALH website.


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Women’s War Work and the Vote

The Devil’s Porridge Museum in Scotland is devoted to telling the stories of the munitions workers at HM Factory, Gretna. On 20 May 2021 I spoke about the impact of the war on the women’s suffrage campaign (“Does she deserve the vote?”: Women’s First World War Work and Women’s Franchise) at their Women in War Conference (on Zoom), and then I sat back to listen to fellow-speakers on a variety of fascinating subjects. They included talks on women’s football, Greenham Common and women railway workers. If you missed the two-day conference, you can access the recordings at https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/product-tag/conference, at a cost of £10.

Writing in the Past

“We talk about why she loves writing in the past, how she makes it authentic, and how thoroughly she plots a story before she’ll tell it.”

I talked with Dan Simpson of the award-winning Writers’ Routine podcast about why I love writing about the past, and the joys and challenges of writing fiction, non fiction and biography. You can listen to the podcast here.



Bristol History Podcast

An interview with Tom Brothwell on the History Podcast about writing and researching historical fiction. Amongst other things, we discussed how my interest in the history of protest and reform informs my fiction and non fiction. The podcast is available to listen to on Soundcloud at the Bristol History Podcast website.

Talking Books with Suzie Grogan (Radio Interview)

Suzie Grogan has uploaded some of her Talking Books radio shows (10 Radio) onto Soundcloud, including the interview I did on Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery in 2016. You can listen to the show here (scroll down). Find out about Suzie and her books here.



Talking Suffragettes

An interview with Suzie Grogan about The Bristol Suffragettes and suffragettes in Devon and Somerset on 10Radio’s Talking Books show on 16 August 2013. You can read a review of the book and listen to the show on Suzie’s blog, No More Wriggling Out of Writing. The podcast is the programme’s third most listened to since it was originally broadcast.  Podcast and book review.



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