Deceivers (Robano Resources, 2017). Part Two of the Norfolk Trilogy takes place shortly after the English Civil Wars. Colonel Nathan Struther conducts an enquiry into the unexplained death of a travelling preacher and members of the Vaughan family come under suspicion. Struther’s concerns focus particularly on Katherine Vaughan, recently restored to the family after going missing for ten years.
Rebels’ Summer (Robano Resources, 2012). Set in Norfolk at the time of Kett’s Rebellion this is the first of a trilogy which follows the changing fortunes of a Norfolk family, the Vaughans.
From childhood red-haired Frances Dyball has had a particular heroine: Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII. Like Elizabeth, Frances faces uncertainty and her life is drastically altered when, in the Summer of 1549, Norfolk land workers and small farmers rise up in protest against the enclosure of public grazing land by sheep-farming gentry.
The Nightmare Weight (Robano Resources, 2016) A Sci-Fi novel. Ferrel is a young woman with the ability to see into the future – but she doesn’t foresee being arrested for fortune telling. She has to answer for her actions at a hearing and the result is a period of community service on an exploratory space mission. When the craft is flung off course Ferrel finds herself confronting her society’s complex past and an alarming future.
‘Representations of Ageing Female Rulers on the Early Modern Stage’ in Alessandra Petrina and Laura Tosi eds. Representations of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). A volume of essays exploring Elizabeth I’s influence on English and European culture in her time and the decades following her death.
Old, Bold and Won’t Be Told: Shakespeare’s Amazing Ageing Ladies (Thames River Press: 2013) This focuses on Shakespeare’s lively and empowering presentation of older women on stage. Some of his amazing ageing ladies are compared to the more stereotypical depictions of the period – which generally presented the old woman as being ugly, randy, mouthy and mad. Characters explored include Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), Gertrude (Hamlet) and Queen Katherine (Henry VIII) and there is detailed work on Paulina (The Winter’s Tale) as a uniquely powerful old woman.
Rose In The Mud: A Creative Writing Course (Robano Resources 2011, ebook, 2016 paperback) A book for creative writing beginners and ‘old hands’, based on workshops I have run with Bodmin Writing Workshop and Saltash U3A Writing Group.