Historical Fiction panel


Our Historical Fiction Panel on April 29th features these four fabulous authors:

Nikki Marmery: In a previous life, Nikki worked as a financial journalist, editing magazines about credit and foreign exchange trading. She now writes historical fiction from a rural village in Buckinghamshire. Her first novel ON WILDER SEAS, the story of Maria, who sailed on the Golden Hind during Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage, was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition 2017 and the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award 2018. 

Maggie Brookes is a former journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist. Her novel ‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ is based on an extraordinary true story of love and courage, which was told to her in a lift by an ex-WW2 prisoner of war. Maggie visited the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, learning largely forgotten aspects of the war. 

As well as being a writer, Maggie is an advisory fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and has taught creative writing at Middlesex University, London for 30 years. She divides her time between London and Whitstable, and is married with two grown-up daughters. She has published five poetry collections in the UK under her married name of Maggie Butt.

Neil Blackmore never had any intention of becoming a writer. He wrote his first novel at work to fill time at a boring job. He published his first novel in his twenties but then spent most of his thirties travelling the world. The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle is his third novel. He lives in London.

Gill Thompson is the author of two novels set in and around world war two: The Oceans Between Usabout a child migrant to Australia and a mother desperate to find himand The Child on Platform Oneabout a little girl on the Kindertransport, published by Headlinein 2019. Both books were kindle number one best sellers, and received critical acclaim. In addition to her career as an author, Gill has an M.A. in Creative Writing. She currently lectures in English at Godalming College in Surrey

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