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 6000; email: Hayley.Camis@littlebrown.co.uk
We will list events here, and you can also sign up to our newsletters. Keep checking this page for anything new, and we look forward to meeting you at one or more events.
LANCASTER: 29th October 2017
We will be taking part in the inaugural Historical Writing Festival at Lancaster, which is set for the weekend of 28th and 29th October. Our talk (on ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’) will take place in the early afternoon of Sunday 29th October, at 1 pm, at Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George’s Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RB. So forget that Sunday lunch and make your way instead to our talk. Tickets cost only £5 (£3 concessions), which are already on sale,from either of the two Waterstones in Lancaster, online or by phone. Details are on the Waterstones website or Facebook.
WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE: 8th November 2017
We are giving a talk on ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’ on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at the library in Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BB, at 2 pm. A large car park is close by. Tickets can be booked with the library, either in person or by phoning 0118 9781368, and they cost £5. We love this library and have given talks here before. For details, see their website here.
GIBRALTAR: 16th to 19th November 2017
We are very pleased to have been invited to launch the 2017 Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival, giving the first talk on Thursday 16th November, at 10am, in the historic Garrison Library, 2 Library Ramp, off Governor’s Parade, Gibraltar (opposite the Eliott hotel). We will, of course, be talking about our new book ‘Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History’.
This is one of the most prestigious literary festivals, which takes 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 festival extends over four days, providing a welcome excuse for a short break on the Rock. Several different venues are used, including the Garrison Library, pictured below. Information keeps being added to the official website here.
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 will be related to our next book, Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, which will be published in the UK on 7th September 2017. See our Gibraltar page for details.
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.
For our last book, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England, we did numerous talks, starting with an event at the Cheltenham Science Festival, where we were asked to focus on medical issues in the Austen novels. Another memorable event was on a beautiful summer’s evening at Taunton, in the newly revamped Museum of Somerset, in the Great Hall where Jane Austen’s aunt was tried at the Assizes for shoplifting. 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 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
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, 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’