Oct 132014
 

A bit late I know but I’ve been busy!!

This year was the 20th Anniversary of the Heritage Open Day events. When I discovered this I was ashamed that I’d only been frequenting this gem of an event since 2009.  A veritable newbie.

This year I really enjoyed the Gloucester History Festival, (6-19September 2014).  Partly because I was asked to do a book talk and signing at the Folk Museum and was featured in this year’s Official Programme.  The talk went really well – I thought! – even though the printed ticket had the City Museum as the venue and consequently some people arrived late – not their fault!  An audience of about 40 people came to hear me speak about the research I undertook and what inspired me to write the novel.  I hadn’t done any public speaking in a very long time but surprised myself at how UN-nervous I was.  I’ve put this down to the fact that I was talking about something I know!

If you didn’t get to go to any events this year make a date in your diary for next year.  I can’t recommend it enough.

Heritage Open Days 10-13 September 2015.

The Gloucester History Festival usually takes place two weeks either side of these dates. 

Jul 192013
 

Some months ago I tweeted that I was carrying out some research on medieval fishing techniques.  Someone from the Gloucester Waterways Museum was kind enough to tweet back to say they could help so yesterday I set off, writing pad and camera phone in hand to get down to some much needed research.  It turned out that the Waterways Museum doesn’t hold any information on Elver Fishing but the Gloucester Folk Museum does.  I was in the mood for a walk as the weather was glorious so I set off, this time, to the other side of Gloucester.

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