Events and Interviews

We do all sorts of book promotion work, especially talks and interviews. If you are interested in inviting us to do a talk or interview, or to write a magazine or newspaper feature, please contact us through this website (the Contact Us page). Alternatively, you can get in touch with our UK publicist, who is responsible for arranging talks and other publicity related to our new book Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. Her details are: Hayley Camis, Press Officer, Little, Brown Book Group, tel. 020 3122 6082; email:; @hayleycamis. For events in north America, please contact Theresa Gaffney, Associate Publicist, Viking/Penguin Books, 375 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014, email:, tel. 212-366-2338.

Events for 2018

Please double check all events, in case the date, time or venue changes. We recently had an enjoyable time at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, in exquisite weather, where we gave a talk in the beautiful old Town Hall. This popular festival takes place in the attractive riverside town of Fowey in Cornwall.



We have the following forthcoming events at celebrated literary festivals. Keep checking this page for anything new, and we look forward to meeting you at one or more events:


Wednesday 19th September 2018, at Budleigh Salterton:  This year is the 10th anniversary of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, which runs from 19th to 23rd September. This lovely seaside town is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast. Our talk on ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’ will be at 10am in The Church on the Green at Budleigh Salterton, 19th September 2018, tickets £10. SOLD OUT! See the festival details here.

Monday 1st October 2018, at Henley:  We are delighted to be returning to the Henley Literary Festival, which takes place from 29th September to 7th October 2018. Henley-on-Thames is famous both for its rowing regatta and the literary festival. Our event, on the Great Siege of Gibraltar, is scheduled for Monday 1st October at 4.30pm, in The Baillie Gifford Festival Hub (Market Place, RG9 2AH). Tickets are £9 and can be bought here.



November 2018, at Gibraltar:  We are also very excited at being asked to return to the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival, which will take place 15th to 18th November. We will be giving two talks. One will be on ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’, and you are advised to book your tickets early, because this talk sold out very quickly last year! The other talk will be on the Battle of Trafalgar, in which Gibraltar played a key role. For further details, see the festival website here. Tickets will be on sale in September. The two talks are as follows:

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, 2pm on Thursday 15th November, at The Convent. This is a lovely venue, the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar. During the Great Siege, it was the headquarters of George Augustus Eliott.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 12 noon on Friday 16th November, also at The Convent.


Our talks

Our most popular talks are ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’, ‘Jack Tar’, ‘Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England’, and ‘All at Sea With the Austens’.

For our talks, we tend to do a double act and use a Powerpoint presentation, so that we can share with the audience fascinating photographs from our travels and research. This format has proved very popular. If we are able to drive to an event, then we can bring along equipment such as a projector and screen, though many venues do have their own equipment.

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 the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival, 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, Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Off the Shelf at Sheffield, Theatre Royal at Bath, Lancaster Historical Writing Festival, the Jane Austen Society in the South-West and in Kent, the Jane Austen Festival at Bath, U3A, the Devon and Exeter Institution, yacht clubs, libraries, museums, art centres, bookstores and much more.

Ways With Words literary festival at Dartington in Devon
Ways With Words literary festival at Dartington in Devon

We were very pleased to have been invited to launch the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival in November 2017, giving the first talk of the festival. This is one of the most prestigious annual literary festivals, taking place in a remarkable location on the southern edge of Europe. It is not restricted to those living on Gibraltar, but to visitors from Spain, Britain and beyond. The 2017 festival extended over four days, and several different venues were used, including the historic Garrison Library, pictured below. You can read more in our newsletter 51. We are now looking forward to the 2018 festival, and the official website is here.


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, Discover Your History, Somerset Magazine, Family History Monthly, Military History Monthly, Quarterdeck and Current Archaeology, as well as academic journals such as Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Britannia, Antiquity, Journal of the Kew Guild, Archaeological Journal 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 past newsletters.


A display at a talk for ‘The War for All the Oceans’
A display at a talk for ‘The War for All the Oceans’

Book signing at Hatchards in London
Book signing at Hatchards in London

Lancaster Historical Writing Festival

Bookstore staff dress up for one of our talks
Bookstore staff dress up for one of our talks