Working in partnership with the Bristol Festival of Literature and Bristol’s museums, the Historical Novel Society put together two free “Meet the Historians” events. Both events were organised by Lucienne Boyce.
“The best Port of Trade in Britain”: Bristol’s Maritime History
26 October 2013, 2-4 pm
The Studios, M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN (Free)
Historical novelist Julian Stockwin, Bristol author Lucienne Boyce, historian Adrian Tinniswood and Dr Steve Poole, University of the West of England offered advice on researching Bristol’s maritime past.
Julian Stockwin is the author of the exciting Kydd novels, set in the Great Age of Fighting Sail.
Lucienne Boyce is a local writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her novel To The Fair Land centres on a voyage from Bristol to the South Seas. She is organiser of the Bristol and South West Chapter of the HNS.
Adrian Tinniswood is a historian who has recently published Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-Century Mediterranean.
Dr Steve Poole is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural History at the University of the West of England, and editor of and contributor to A City Built Upon the Water: Maritime Bristol 1750-1900.
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Roman Empire: Power and People
From Roman Fact to Roman Fiction
19 October 2013, 2-4 pm, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Free)
Historical novelists Manda Scott and Ben Kane and museum curator Gail Boyle explored the relationship between Roman fact and Roman historical fiction. The afternoon included a special introduction to the exhibition ‘Roman Empire: Power and People’ by Gail Boyle.
The event was part of a programme of activities accompanying the touring exhibition Roman Empire: Power and People (21 September 2013 – 12 January 2014), when objects from the British Museum will be displayed alongside objects from Bristol Museum’s own collections.
For further information about the exhibition “Roman Power: Empire and People” and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery see the Bristol Museum website
Manda Scott is the best-selling author of the Boudica: Dreaming series which re-imagines who we were before and after the Roman invasion. Her more recent series comprises four Roman-era spy-thrillers, the most recent of which is Rome: The Art of War.
Ben Kane is the author of rip-roaring action novels about Spartacus, Hannibal and first-century BC Rome.
Gail Boyle is the Senior Collections Officer for Archaeology at the Bristol Museum, and curatorial lead in Bristol for the ‘Roman Empire: Power and People’ exhibition.