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Writing historical fiction
Sat 29 April 2017, 10:00 – 14:00 BST
The past is full of fascinating stories and history can be a rich source of inspiration for your writing - but how do you create a different era on the page? Is it all Kings and courtiers? What can you discover about those who lived more humble lives and how do you hear the lost voices of history? How do you manage the research? Do you have to spend years in a library or are there other, more valuable ways to get an insight into the lives of our ancestors?
This workshop gives you the chance to experiment with historical fiction, discuss the problems and pleasures of the genre and find the key to unlocking the stories of our past.
Imogen Robertson was born in Darlington and studied German and Russian at Caius College, Cambridge. After some years directing TV, film and radio she became a full time writer on winning the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007. Since then she has written five novels in the Westerman and Crowther crime series which is set in the late 18th century, beginning with ‘Instruments of Darkness’ in 2009. The latest volume in the series, ‘Theft of Life’, is set in London against the background of the transatlantic slave trade. She has also published ‘The Paris Winter’ - a novel of betrayal and revenge set in the late Belle Époque. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger three times and is currently Chair of the Historical Writers’ Association.
This event is part of Cityread London - a celebration of the power of reading to bring communities together. It is celebrated every April, across all of London’s 33 boroughs, with libraries at its heart. Our 2017 book is Prophecy by S. J. Parris, a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller set in London 1583.