NaNoWriMo with Serene Conneeley

All you need to know about NaNoWriMo! Serene Conneeley’s fascination with history, travel, herbal healing, magic and myths comes through in all her novels and non-fiction, starting with one of my all-time favourites, Seven Sacred Sites: magical journeys that will change your life. Since then she’s written several other non-fiction books, including Witchy Magic, Faery…

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My Midsomer Moment!

 Apologies for the long silence. I’ve been working hard on the first draft of my sequel to I, Morgana while on my 3-month writing residency in beautiful Barnstaple in Devon – surrounded by history, including this wonderful sign found in nearby Bideford. It’s been an incredibly productive time, and I have come home having achieved my…

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A week in Glastonbury

I’m off to Glastonbury tomorrow so will be ‘off air’ for a week, but will share a few more photos before I go as my character, Marie, is still at Eleanor of Aquitaine’s palace at Poitiers – pictured left, and now the Palais de Justice. Eleanor occupied the Maubergeonne Tower – not open to tourists,…

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More pix of Poitiers

Far left: Church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande in Poitiers; left close up of the beautiful carvings around the doorway, which would also have been painted in the 11th-12th century. Below: inside Notre-Dame-la-Grande. Also a couple of pix of the pillars – each one was painted with a different geometric design and in different colours so the overall effect…

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Angers and Poitiers

Now under the protection of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie moves from the court of Angers to Poitiers, telling her stories about King Arthur and Camelot, and gaining renown throughout the medieval world. Far left: Shield of Marie de France in Angers Castle – but it’s the wrong date for ‘my’ Marie! Below: castle walls and formal garden…

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