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Jane at Roman Festival

I’m having a good summer getting out and about. The last few weeks have been busy ones for me.

May was National Crime Reading Month in Britain, and I celebrated by giving talks at three libraries in East Yorkshire: Stamford Bridge, Bridlington, and Withernsea. Like all authors, I’m a big fan of libraries, and meeting keen readers there is always enjoyable.

Also in May I went down to Bristol for CrimeFest 2019, which was as lively and stimulating as ever. We moved to a new venue this year, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. It was a very good choice, and helped to make the weekend a huge success. For more about the programme, plus of course details of next year’s event, visit www.crimefest.com

Then in June one of the highlights of my year, the Eboracum Roman Festival, a wonderful long weekend in York, which I’ve attended for the past few years. I was among the roomful of authors selling signed books, and there was a wide choice of activities in the lovely Museum Gardens: military displays, a living history camp showing what life was really like in Roman times, a chance for children to join their own legion…it’s an event that always attracts whole families and it’s a pleasure to see kids getting interested in history.

And in July, a fascinating day at Brough, (Petuaria,) East Yorkshire, for a Right Roman Weekend that included news and displays of recent very interesting archaeological finds. The event had a real festival feel, with good food, excellent local beer, re-enactors, and as in York, I was pleased to see kids getting interested in it all. Archaeological investigation is continuing at this important Roman site on the River Humber, and I’m already looking forward to their planned festival next July.

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