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Events, dear boy,* events

October 12, 2013

[*or girl - Ed.]

For those of us who sit hunched over a computer all day, a chance to get out and meet real people is very exciting. I’ll be taking part in  several events over the next few weeks so if you’re able to join us, please come and say hello.

16 October – 7.00 pm at Barton Library (Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire) “Writing the Romans” with Henry Venmore-Rowland. Henry is the author of “The Last Caesar” and “The Sword and the Throne,” bringing to life the tumultuous events of AD 69 when Rome had four emperors in one year.

17 October – 7.00 pm at Putnoe Library, Bedfordshire – Crime Through Time. I’ll be discussing the appeal of the Romans and the Tudors with Rory Clements, author of the John Shakespeare series (yes, John is the brother of the more famous William, and a great character in his own right).

November

1 November, 7.00 pm – “Leeches and Prayer – the Medicine of the Past” part of the Thames Valley History Festival.   Join me and Karen Maitland, author of the superb “Company of Liars”, at the Natural History Museum in Eton College – a venue where we are promised real leeches.

2 NovemberHeffers Classics Festival – in association with Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas. Such an honour to be invited! (When you see the lineup you’ll understand what I mean.) I’ll be talking about “Stories in Stones” – the tales that have slipped down the gaps of history. That will be the (relatively) easy part. I’ve also agreed to speak for Dido in a balloon debate about who was the greatest character in Classical Mythology. I’m still wondering why I said ‘yes’ to this. Unlike everyone else on the panel, I’m neither a classicist nor an Oxbridge graduate. Surely poor Dido has suffered enough? Details and tickets here.

Also in November – an eager horde from the Historical Writers’ Association will be descending on libraries to help celebrate  The Reading Agency ‘s History Month. Here’s my part in it:

7 NovemberUPDATE – the  afternoon visit to Honiton Library in Devon is now CANCELLED – sorry! But I will be doing the following visits the week after…

12 November – an evening at Calne Library with Ben Kane. Ben’s a very entertaining speaker so it should be good!

13 November – on a panel at the beautiful Bristol Central Library with the Vikings, two 19th century women, and the British Special Forces. Or at least their representatives – Robert Low, Kylie Fitzpatrick and Mike Williams.

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10 comments

  1. You’re going to be a very busy woman!


    • Absolutely. I’m somewhere between delighted and nervous. I just hope people enjoy the events.


  2. Oh, how I envy those lucky audiences!
    (sigh) — a Yankee


  3. I envy them, too! I’m much too far away.


  4. Ruth, that sounds like a very busy schedule, but fun too. I may see you in Cambridge – I’m trying to arrange to get down for the Classics Festival, it looks terrific, but there are various arrangements to juggle so I don’t know for sure yet. I’ll keep you posted. Fingers crossed!


    • Jane, it would be great if you could make it. There are some excellent speakers booked. Several top academics – and I can’t wait to see Lindsey Davis and Simon Scarrow in conversation.


  5. Thanks, Sherry and Petrea – sorry none of these is near you!


  6. Ruth, I’ve managed to wangle my diary so I can come to the Heffers Classics Festival on November 1st. Look forward to seeing your events and hope you’ll have time for a coffee and chat in between whiles.


    • That’s brilliant news, Jane – I’ll look forward to catching up with you in Cambridge.


  7. Whoops, I mean November 2nd…couldn’t find how to edit my previous post once I’d finished it!



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