You wait all year to be invited to speak in public, and then two events come along at once …
Some authors hate public speaking, but I love it – I’m much better at showing off than I am at mingling and networking in a crowd, that’s for sure. So I’m delighted to be invited to take part in two events this June, both connected to the University of York. Both are open to the public, and free to attend, so if you are in or near York on the dates below, do come along!
Thursday 6th June, 7.30 pm Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York
University of York English Society: Q&A event with panel of local novelists
With me on the panel will be Fiona Shaw (Tell it to the Bees) and Mandy Sutter (the soon-to-be-released Stretching It). I’ll be there with my split identity, answering questions as Pamela Hartshorne and Jessica Hart.
Saturday 15th June, 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm St William’s College, York
Renaissance Reincarnations on the Page
Part of an ongoing research project exploring the way Renaissance personalities are recreated (reincarnated) for a modern audience, this one day event features
* Germaine Greer, talking about her biography of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway and answering questions about her work.
* Interview with Robert Hutchinson, discussing his recent biographies of Thomas Cromwell and Sir Francis Walsingham,
* Workshop on writing commercial historical fiction, led by me. Focusing on using real figures from the early modern past in historical novels and balancing ‘authenticity’ with a story that will appeal to modern audiences.
“This event will be of interest to anyone who has ever imagined travelling back in time to meet 16th and 17th century persons or anyone who is curious about why we keep writing and buying books about Renaissance personalities.” (Dr Varsha Panjwani)
The event is free to attend, but places are limited and pre-booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.