Apart from writing books, we do all sorts of book promotion work, in particular talks. If you are interested in inviting us to do a talk or an interview, or to write a magazine or newspaper feature, please contact us through this website or else get in touch with our publicist, who is: Hayley Camis, Press Officer, Little, Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ. Tel. 020 3122 6000; Email: Hayley.Camis@littlebrown.co.uk; @hayleycamis
Our three most popular talks are ‘Jack Tar’, ‘Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England’ and ‘All at Sea With the Austens’, but most of our forthcoming talks are likely to be on the subject of our next book, which is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. See our Gibraltar page for details. Hayley is arranging our talks for this book, which will be published in the UK on 7th September 2017.
We will list forthcoming events here, and you can sign up to our newsletters if you wish to find out what talks we are giving. We have been so busy writing our Gibraltar book that we have been unable to give any talks for ages. We therefore have only one event booked:
Saturday 3 June 2017: We are giving a talk called ‘All at Sea in the Time of the Austens’ to the Jane Austen Society Kent Branch. Jane Austen had very important connections to the county of Kent and often visited family members there. Our talk will be part of the Kent branch summer event, and the venue is Court Lodge, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. It will include a talk by Dr Heather Dyke, owner of Court Lodge, about her family’s connections to the Austens (at 11am), an organ recital of music from Jane Austen’s period (also in the morning), lunch, and then at 2.15pm our own talk and an Austen-related exhibition by the Horsmonden Historical Society. For more information about this event and how to join the Kent branch, see here. Part of our talk will focus on Persuasion, because 2017 is not only the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, but also the 200th anniversary of the publication of her ‘naval novel’ Persuasion.
Ways With Words literary festival at Dartington in Devon
For our last book, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England, we did many talks, starting with the Cheltenham Science Festival, which focused on medical issues in the Austen novels. Another memorable event was at Taunton, in the newly revamped Museum of Somerset, on a beautiful summer’s evening, in the Great Hall where Jane Austen’s aunt was tried for shoplifting. The venues for talks vary considerably in scale, from bookstores to theatres, literary festivals and vast cruise ships. Literary and history festivals are an especially good way of introducing readers to our books. We have been fortunate to take part in events at Henley Literary Festival, Appledore Book Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, West Meon Festival of Books, English Heritage’s History Live!, Ways With Words at Dartington, Ilkley Literature Festival, Penzance Literary Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Bridport Literary Festival, the Fowey Festival of Words and Music, Off the Shelf at Sheffield, Theatre Royal at Bath, the Jane Austen Society, the Jane Austen Festival at Bath, U3A, the Devon and Exeter Institution, yacht clubs, libraries, museums, bookstores and much more.
Apart from books, we have also written numerous articles and book reviews for popular magazines and newspapers, such as Ancestors, BBC History Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Folklife Quarterly, the London Archaeologist and Current Archaeology, and as well as academic journals such as Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Britannia, Antiquity and Surrey Archaeological Collections, far too many to list on this website, though from time to time we give details of the latest published magazine articles in ‘Latest News’ or in our newsletters.
A display at a talk for ‘The War for All the Oceans’