On Friday 27th I had a lovely chat with the fabulous Russell Walker at BBC Radio York in advance of the Harrogate Festival of History next month.
I normally hate these things, but this is one of those relaxed shows that's not about promotion but actually about 'getting to know' a person. I had to pick three pieces of music that are particularly important to me, and the discussion started from there...
If you missed it, it'll be on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days, and you can listen to it here. My stuff begins halfway through the show, at about 2.03 - but Russell Walker is so enjoyable to listen to I'd recommend playing the whole thing. Fridays may never be the same again...
May 9th 2012 - My interview on the Nick Coffer show for BBC Three Counties Radio is on BBC i-Player, and will be available here for another 7 days.
We're talking about the Crimean War, Into the Valley of Death - and EastEnders...
My one appalling foray into acting! EastEnders for Comic Relief!
War and Fighting for Penguin
Working in the Media for Penguin
Historical Fiction Roundtable for Penguin
In Praise of Tommy Atkins - The importance of the British private soldier
Who Blundered? The Mystery of the Charge of the Light Brigade
Blaming the Brave: The Forgotten War in the Crimea
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman? Women writing about war
Whether Weather Matters - to a historical writer
Living with History - or a historian
'What it says on the Sheet' - historical facts that aren't facts at all
'Outside the Frame' - historical photographs
'Sound and Silence' - The use of sound in historical writing
'Richelieu's Face' - the morality of writing about real people
'The British Memorial in
Crimea' on Mark Simner's British Military History
'Worthy Causes of the Crimean Kind' - on Gentlemen and Tarpaulins
The inspiration behind 'In the Valley
of Death' - on Royalty Free Fiction
Writer's Choice on Nicholas Nickleby - for normblog
'Historical and Fantasy: Two Sides of a Coin?' for the Falcata Times.
'Why Wikileaks should matter to writers' for
May 2012 - On 'Into the Valley of Death' for the St Albans and Harpenden Review:
You can read it online here.
On writing historical fiction at Edi's Book Lighthouse
Q and A with Parmenion Books
On writing and history at the Falcata Times
On writing for WriteWords
On my time at EastEnders for the Walford Web