Upcoming Events:

Friday-Sunday 2-4 September 2016
Historical Novel Society Conference
The Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
9.30-10.30, 4 Sept – ‘Streets through the Ages: everyday life as a bedrock for storytelling’
with Charlotte Betts, Douglas Jackson and Carol McGrath
11.30-12.30, 4 Sept – ‘Confronting Past Lies: can novels tell greater truths than history books; should novelists be concerned to try?’
with Margaret George and Andrew Taylor

Past Events:

Friday-Sunday 10-12 July 2015
Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference
Queen Mary University, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS
Getting the Most out of Historical Research – the pleasure and the pain

Saturday 26 September 2015
‘Get Writing’ Conference
West Herts College, Hempstead Rd, Watford WD17 3EZ
10.45-11.45 ‘What it Takes to Write Historical Fiction’ and 1.45-2.45 ‘The Breakthrough Authors’

Friday 16 October 2015
Sherborne Literary Festival
3.30-4.30 Tudors & Roses
Joanna Hickson and Jenny Barden talk about their writing, the true lives behind their novels, and some of the women who shaped history through their passion and courage.

Saturday 24 October 2015
Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival
The Beacon, Wantage
10.30-1.30 ‘Learn how to transport readers back in time’ (masterclass)

(for older past events please scroll down after blog tour)


The Lost Duchess launch related blogs and giveaways:

Thursday 24 October 2013
The Thames Valley History Festival Interview – Glow Magazine

Tuesday 29 October 2013
‘Roanoke Island – 1587 and Now’ – English Historical Fiction Authors

Wednesday 30 October 2013
Interview, feature and Giveaway on Mary Tod’s A Writer of History

Thursday 31 October 2013
Giveaway here!

Friday 1 November 2013
Small piece and giveaway on Silver’s Reviews

Saturday 2 November 2013 (tbc)
‘When Eden became Hell’ – the vision and plight of the first ‘Lost’ Colonists of Roanoke – Feature and Giveaway on Sarah Johnson’s ‘Reading the Past’

Sunday 3 November 2013
Interview and Giveaway on The Secret Writer

Monday 4 November 2013
Interview and Giveaway on Jaffa Reads Too

Tuesday 5 November 2013
Feature and Giveaway on Maria Grazia’s Fly High

Wednesday 6 November 2013
The Mystery Behind the Founding of Modern America‘ – Feature – English Historical Fiction Authors

Thursday 7 November 2013
Beauty in the midst of Crisis‘ – the art, vision and failure of the first English Colony in America – Feature – Historical Novel Society

Friday 8 November 2013
Finding Love in America’s Lost Colony‘ – Article – Romantic Novelists’ Association

Wednesday 13 November 2013
Feature and Giveaway on Hazel Gaynor’s Whims & Tonic

Friday 29 November 2013
Interview and Giveaway on One More Page

Friday 13 December 2013
‘The Women of the Lost Colony’ for The Review

Monday 16 December 2013
Researching Historical Fiction‘ – Guest feature on

Wednesday 1 January 2014
Interview for Flashlight Commentary

Monday 3 March 2014
Bedsharing and Intimacy in the Privy Chamber of Elizabeth I – article for Alison Morton’s Roma Nova

Monday May 26 – Friday June 20 2014
HFVBT virtual tour and book blast to celebrate the paperback release of The Lost Duchess on 5 June

Thursday 5 June 2014
Interview with Erin Al-Mehairi on Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Talking with English author Jenny Barden about Lost Colony of Roanoke and Writing History

Saturday 7 June 2014
History and Love – How can we ever unravel the truth? – article on the Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog

Wednesday 11 June 2014
The HNS catches up with Jenny Barden, author, conference organiser, and now a farmer too!
Interview with Richard Lee for the Historical Novel Society

Wednesday 11 June 2014
Discovering The Lost Duchess
Interview with Dianne Ascroft

Friday 20 June 2014
Delving into the Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (with help from an aiglette)
Guest post for A Bookish Affair

Thursday 10 July 2014
‘The Sword in the Stone’
Guest post on an influential book from my schooldays for The Love of a Good Book


Earlier 2013 Blogs:

Sunday 30 June 2013
An interview with Anne Stenhouse on ‘Novels Now

Saturday 29 June 2013
Guest Q&A on Jean Bull’s writing blog

Friday 28 June 2013
Juggling and Swordsmanship‘ – for ‘What Kate Did Next’ on Kate Lord Brown’s blog

Thursday 20 June 2013
Q & A on Diana Gabaldon’s blog in advance of the Historical Novel Society Conference, St Petersburg, Florida
Also in Diana Gabaldon Takes Time Out From Packing…

Wednesday 19 June 2013
‘Bear Baiting and Feisty Heroines’ – In the Plotting Shed with Debs Carr

Tuesday 18 June 2013
‘Then and Now’ for Hazel Gaynor’s ‘Whims and Tonic’ blog – an overview of the last  year


Older Past Events:

Wednesday 25 March 2015
15.30-16.15 ‘Portraying Characters like Richard III’
A Beginners’ Guide to Writing Historical Fiction
Workshop as part of the HNS Mini-Conference ‘Writing About Richard and his Times
Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, Leicester, LE1 6HL

Friday 6 February 2015
7.00pm Tudors & Roses – Lost Lives
Trowbridge Library Talk
County Hall, Bythesea Rd, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Tuesday 3 February 2015
7.00pm Tudors & Roses – Lost Lives
Corsham Library Talk
Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd, Corsham SN13 9DN

Monday 2 February 2015
2.00pm ‘Tudors & Roses’ with Joanna Hickson
Wilton Library reading group talk
South St, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0JS

Friday 7 November 2014
12.30-13.30 ‘Tudors and Roses – Lost Lives’ with Joanna Hickson
Yeovil Literary Festival
Johnson Studio, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1UX

Friday-Sunday 5-7 September 2014
Historical Novel Society Conference
University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

Saturday 19 July 2014
10.45-12.15 – Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction – workshop at the Penzance Literary Festival
Penlee Coach House, Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE

Friday 18 July 2014
12-30-13.30 – ‘Love and Death in a New World‘ – talk at the Penzance Literary Festival
Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4DA

Friday-Sunday 11-13 July 2014
Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference
Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB

Friday 11 July 2014
10.00-14.00 – ‘Love of the Past‘ Book Fair and Meet the Author
The Goods Shed at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Legges Way, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5DU

Thursday 10 July 2014
13.30-18.00 and 19.00-20.00 – ‘RNA Author Showcase
Wellington Library, Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 1LX

Tuesday 8 July 2014
19.30-20.45 – ‘Love in a New World‘, literary event for the Frome Festival
Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE

Monday 9 June 2014
15.00 onwards – Talk for ‘The Monday Readers’ on The Lost Duchess and the background to the book
Wincanton Library, Carrington Way, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9JS

Monday 26 May – Friday 20 June 2014
Virtual Tour and Book Blast for The Lost Duchess organised through HFVBT

Tuesday 20 May 2014
19.00 onwards – ‘Words with Wine’ talk for Sherborne Literary Society on
‘Writing a Novel and What Happens Afterwards – or when the hard work really begins’
Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, next to Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne, Dorset

Tuesday 13 May 2014
19.00-21.00 – ‘Historical Authors Talk’ with Elizabeth Freemantle and Joanna Hickson
Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Square, Barking, Essex IG11 9SN

Wednesday 9 April 2014
14.00 onwards – ‘Tudor Times‘ talk with Rory Clements
Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP

Saturday 29 March 2014
12.00 onwards at the London Chapter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – Workshop on Dialogue with particular reference to Tudor fiction
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3LZ

Thursday 13 February 2014
18.45 onwards – Valentine’s Day ‘Romantic Historical’ event at Chiswick Library with Essie Fox and Hallie Rubenhold
Duke’s Avenue, Hounslow, London W4 2AB

Tuesday 11 February 2014
19.15 onwards – Presentation with Q&A on the background to The Lost Duchess
Sherborne Library, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA

Thursday 12 December 2013
19.00 onwards – Talk at Harpenden Library on The Lost Duchess and the ‘Lost Colony’ of Roanoke
27 High Street, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RU

Wednesday 4 December 2013
19.00 onwards – Talk to the Builth Wells Readers’ Group and discussion of The Lost Duchess
Builth Wells Library, High Street, Powys LD2 3DN

Tuesday 3 December 2013
14.00 – 16.30  – ‘Getting Started’: A Creative Writing Workshop
Sherborne Library, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA

Saturday 30 November 2013
19.00-21.00 – ‘Christmas through the Ages‘ with ‘The History Writers’
with Kylie Fitzpatrick, David Lassman and Tricia Wastvedt
Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE

Friday 29 November 2013
14.30 – Talk on The Lost Duchess
Newport Central Library, John Frost Square, Newport, Wales, NP20 1PA

Thursday 28 November 2013
16.00-18.00 – Talk on Raleigh’s ‘Lost Colony’ and the writing of The Lost Duchess
Plymstock Library, Horn Cross Rd, Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 9BU

Thursday 28 November 2013
13.10 – 14.10 – Talk on Raleigh’s ‘Lost Colony’ and the setting for The Lost Duchess
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ

Thursday 21 November 2013
18.30 onwards – Talk and mini-launch of The Lost Duchess
Winstone Books, 8 Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3PX

Wednesday 20 November 2013
18.30-21.30 – Romantic Novelists’ Association Winter Party
Royal Over-Seas League, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR

Tuesday 19 November 2013
14.00-15.00 – Presentation on The Lost Duchess and Sir Walter Raleigh’s ‘Lost Colony’
Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1PY

Friday 15 November 2013
Thames Valley History Festival, Windsor, in association with Waterstones & the HWA
7.30pm onwards – panel session – ‘The Lost Colony – England in America from beginning to end’ with Andrew Taylor
Eton Town Council offices, 102 High Street, Eton, SL4 6AJ

Thursday 14 November 2013
Book Group discussion, Keston, Bromley

Tuesday 12 November 2013
18.30-20.30 – Launch of The Lost Duchess
Goldsboro Books, 23-25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ

Saturday 9 November 2013
10.00 – 15.00 – Romance Fair, Festival of Romance,
Harpur Suite, Corn Exchange, Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1LE

Friday 8 November 2013
19.30-21.30 – Art & Romance Evening, Festival of Romance,
The Higgins Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

Friday 8 November 2013
11.30-13.00 – Booksigning, Waterstones, 11-13 Silver Street, Bedford, MK40 1SY

Thursday 7 November 2013
14.30-16.00 – Talk with mini-launch of The Lost Duchess
Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8NT

Sunday 3 November 2013
Taunton Literary Festival, 16.15-17.45 – ‘Naval Fiction Talk’ with JD Davies
Bamfylde Hall, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Sunday 20 October 2013
10.30-14.00 – ‘New Books Showcase’ – Sherborne Literary Festival
Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA

Thursday 26 September 2013
18.30-21.30 – ‘History in the Court’, Goldsboro Books
23-25 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ
‘An informal gathering for history fans to meet the best writers of historical fiction and non-fiction published today’

Saturday 21 September 2013
Talk on Sir Francis Drake’s first great enterprise, with Richard Lee, Chair of the Historical Novel Society, who will be talking about the founding and success of the HNS at the Devonshire Association, The Boniface Centre, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AH

Friday-Sunday 12-14 July 2013
Romantic Novelists’ Assoctiation annual Conference
(The Edge, Endcliffe Village, Sheffield S10 3ED)
10.30-11.30 Sunday 14 July – Talk on ‘Weaving romance around historical mystery’

Friday-Sunday 21-23 June 2013
Fifth North American Conference of the Historical Novel Society
(Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, 501 Fifth Ave, NE, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701, USA)
Panel with Patricia Bracewell, Nancy Bileau, Deborah Swift and Gillian Bagwell (Moderator)
‘Making it to Mainstream – and What Comes After’

Saturday 20 April 2013
Workshop at the seventh Get Writing Conference on ‘The Craft of Writing an Historical Novel (with a little help along the way!)’
(University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, St Albans Road West (A1057), Hatfield, AL10 9EU)

Wednesday 13 March 2013
19.15-20.15 Hemel Hempstead Central Library, Combe St, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1HJ – Part of the Litfest2013 programme:
A talk on Mistress of the Sea an Elizabethan epic adventure – Drake’s first escapade and the story behind the book.


Past Features and Blogs

Saturday 1 December 2012
A ‘five crosses’ review by Stuart MacAllister on the Sir Read-A-Lot blog

Tuesday 27 November 2012
Another great review on Confessions of an Avid Reader

Monday 5 November 2012
A Review of Mistress of the Sea on Reading the Past

Thursday 1 November 2012
An interview with A Writer of History

Sunday 21 October 2012
An Interview with Maria Grazia on Fly High! – Answering questions about Mistress of the Sea with a giveaway of the book too!

Saturday 20 October 2012
An Interview on Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

Friday 21 September 2012
Helen Hollick’s HNS Guest of the Day  – A little about me and a little about Mistress of the Sea

Tuesday 4 September 2012
Romantic Novelist’s Association  – Interview Q&A

Wednesday 29 August 2012
Reading The Past  – ‘Drake’s First Great Enterprise’ – the Tragedy behind the Triumph

Tuesday 28 August 2012
Historical Novel Society – ‘In the Man’s World of the Past’ –  in conversation with CW Gortner

Monday 27 August 2012
English Historical Fiction Authors  – El Camino Real – A path worn through time

Sunday 26 August 2012
Royalty Free Fiction– Mistress of the Sea – the story behind the book

Tuesday 14 August 2012
‘Writer’s Choice’on normblog, the blog of Norman Geras‘Jenny Barden on The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller’

Monday 13 August 2012
History in an Hour – Inspiration and Influences behind Mistress of the Sea

Friday 27 July 2012
English Historical Fiction Authors  – ‘Carrying away the booty’ – Drake’s attack on the Spanish Silver Train


Launch related events for ‘Mistress of the Sea’

Thursday 29 November 2012
19.00-21.00 Talk on making the publishing breakthrough from a Marketing Perspective
(Oaklands College, Smallford Campus, Rm E201, South Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JA)

Monday 26 November 2012
19.30 onwards Verulam Writers’ Circle ‘Open Mic Night’
(Bar 62, 62 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU)
An evening of readings and conviviality!

Sunday 18 November 2012
15.00-16.30 Festival of Romance ‘Meet the Authors Historical Afternoon Tea’
(Park Inn, St Mary’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0AR)
A traditional afternoon tea with readings from authors of romantic historical fiction including Jean Fullerton, Charlotte Betts, Nicola Cornick, Christina Courtenay, Louise Allen, Liz Harris and many more

Friday 2 November 2012
16.00 onwards –  the Golden Hinde, near London Bridge
(1-2 Pickfords Wharf, Clink St, London SE1 9DG)
Booksignings and a rolling programme of 45 min presentations about Francis Drake’s first great adventure and the background to Mistress of the Sea beginning 16.00, 17.00 and 18.00. Actors will bring the story to life, and I’ll be giving a series of talks with images and exhibits about following in Drake’s footsteps in Panama and his daring attack on the Spanish bullion supply.

Saturday 20 October 2012
Bristol Festival of Literature – HF Today
I’ll be joining a panel of historical novelists to discuss research, finding out what’s happening in HF and gaining the support of the HF community, and getting published (For more details see the ‘HF Today‘ event page on Facebook)

Thursday 18 October 2012
19.15 – 20.15 – St Albans Central Library in association with Waterstones, St Peters Street, St Albans (at St Albans Central Library, The Maltings, Chequer Street, St Albans AL1 3JQ)
A talk on ‘Mistress of the Sea an Elizabethan romantic adventure – Drake’s first escapade and the story behind the book’

Saturday 13 October 2012
11.00-13.00 – WH Smith Booksigning (29 High St, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RU)

Saturday 29 September 2012
11.50-12.50 – HNSLondon12, (309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW)
A workshop with Patricia Bracewell and Simon Scarrow on ‘Making the Breakthrough – case studies in finding a mainstream publisher for historical fiction from UK and US perspectives

Thursday 20 September 2012
18.30-21.00 – ‘History in the Court’, Goldsboro Books
(23-25 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ)
‘An informal gathering for history fans to meet the best writers of historical fiction and non-fiction published today’