Jane at Roman Festival

Welcome to my diary. with some dates for exciting crime and mystery events coming soon.

May is National Crime Reading Month in Britain, and all sorts of events are taking place to celebrate. I’ll be giving talks at three libraries in East Yorkshire. All comers are welcome, and admission is free, Yorkshire’s favourite price. Do drop by and say hello if you’re anywhere near.

May 7th, 2.00-3.00 p.m. Stamford Bridge Library, Church Road, Stamford Bridge, Y41 1BP, phone number 01759 372487. “Friends, Romans, Murderers…” Aurelia Marcella’s Oak Tree Inn would have been just half-a-dozen miles from Stamford Bridge, so it’s an excellent spot to talk about life and death in Roman times, and the pleasures and pitfalls of writing historical mysteries set in Roman times.

May 13th 10.30 a.m. -12.00 noon. Bridlington Central Library, 14 King Street, Bridlington, YO15 2DE, phone number 01262 672917. “Once Upon A Crime”. A not-too-solemn look at fairy tales, and the murder and mayhem they feature. Think of Red Riding Hood…Hansel and Gretel. Why do we tell these horror stories to children, and why do children love them?

May 28th 2.00-3.00 p.m. Wihernsea Library, the Withernsea Centre, 243 Queen Street, HU19 2HH, phone number 01482 393939. “Friends, Romans, Murderers…” A look at life and death in Roman Britain, including country areas like East Yorkshire, which were nothing like as easy to colonise as the Romans made out…a perfect backdrop for tales of mystery amd murder.

May 9-12: CrimeFest 2019 
Still in Bristol, this lively, fascinating festival has a new venue, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL. More details from www.crimefest.com

May 31-June 2: Eboracum Roman Festival, York
A wonderful long weekend in York, which I’ve attended and enjoyed for the past few years. I’ll be there selling signed copies of my books, and I’ll be one of the ladies in Roman costume. There’ll be several of us, in fact last year we had a Roman fashion parade. And of course there’ll be legionaries on parade, looking gorgeous too, Military displays, a living history camp showing what life was really like in Roman times, a chance for children to join their own legion…More details as they arise, and if this year’s Festival is anything like the 2018 event, it’ll be brilliant.

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