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Jane at Roman Festival
Welcome to news of recent and upcoming events. The most exciting recent event for me has been the Eboracum Roman Festival in York. During the first weekend in June all sorts of Ancient Romans – myself among them – invaded the city, and visitors flocked in to see us. The entertainment (all free, by the way,) included legionaries parading and also recruiting youngsters into a kids’ army; a Living History camp giving an idea of what real life was like two thousand years ago; talks by experts; displays of birds of prey; authors chatting about and selling their Roman-themed books; and a ladies’ fashion parade, showing off Roman clothing. I’ll post photos soon; meanwhile we all had a grand time and I met some terrific people, both ancient and modern. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Festival.

Dates for your Diary

July 20-23: Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.
There’s always something for everyone in this elegant Yorkshire town, including plenty of Old Peculier (in case you didn’t know, that’s a good Yorkshire beer, not a comment on the convention.) 

August 17-19: St. Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference, Oxford.
In the very special ambience of an Oxford College, writers from all aspects of crime and mystery give talks exploring a theme. This year it’s “Politics and Crime.”

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