Georgian Workshops

New for 20123: In connection with Smuggler’s Kiss, I’m able to offer an interactive talk on the Early Georgian era and on smuggling in England. I have costumes for myself and an audience member and a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the talk.

In connection with The Girl in the Mask, I am offering events on the early Georgian era. To include information on costumes, lifestyle and highway robbery. I bring a PowerPoint presentation with images to accompany the talk. I appear dressed as a Georgian highwayman in authentic replica costume and have hats, masks and cloaks for two students.


Interactive Viking Workshops

I can offer schools workshops in connection with any of the eras in my books; Victorian, Tudor, Viking or Georgian. Please contact me direct or contact Oxford University Press (children’s books) to ask for details of visits, talks and creative writing workshops.

The workshops will cover some or all of the following aspects of Viking life:

  • Clothing – I will work in authentic replica Viking dress and bring costumes for two to three students.
  • Games – Viking toys and games.
  • Viking money and jewellery
  • Fortune telling and healing
  • Folklore & Nordic gods.
  • Maps of the Viking expansion
  • Weapons and warfare
  • Daily life

The workshops typically last one hour.

Creative Writing

A further hour comprising a creative writing workshop can be added to the above. In this hour the students would be encouraged to imagine the life of various Viking characters and to write a short piece from the point of view of one of them.

About Me and My Books

I have a background as a teacher, lecturer, translator and home-educator and am now writing full time.

My first book Between Two Seas was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and was subsequently shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award, the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award (children’s book category) and the Hampshire Book Award.

My second novel, The Lady in the Tower, a Tudor tale, was published in 2009 and was also shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

My first Viking novel was published in 2010 and is called Daughter of Fire and Ice. I spent two months in Iceland researching it and have also visited York and in connection with my second Viking tale, Sigrun’s Secret.


Fees on application.

Other types of event (including Tudors) available. Please ask.