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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, friendly and efficient, and helped to make the weekend a huge success. Details of the programme and who attended at 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! It was over too soon, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s festival.

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