Wednesday, October 28, The Beacon, 11am: How should the fact/fiction balance be handled in historical novels? Is it essential to preserve historical accuracy or do too many facts sink a story? Join novelist Nicola Cornick as she interviews historical biographer Robin Haig about his book Knight Errant: Lord Craven and the Court of the Winter Queen – and hear how she fictionalised the same events in her new historical mystery House of Shadows, set against the backdrop of Ashdown Park.
Robin Haig graduated with an MA in Modern and Medieval History from St Andrew’s University in 1982. He is the author of A History of Theatres and Performers in Herefordshire (2002) and in 2009 was commissioned to write a series of short histories of Cambridge colleges for Cambridge 800, a book published to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of Cambridge University. He lives in Herefordshire, where in roughly equal measures he combines writing with growing cider apples.
Nicola Cornick is an international bestselling author of historical romance and historical fiction. She has lived in the Vale of the White Horse for 20 years and draws her inspiration from the myths and history of the local landscape.
Cornick became fascinated with history when she was a child, and spent hours pouring over historical novels and watching costume drama. She studied history at university and wrote her master’s thesis on heroes and hero myths. In her spare time she works as a guide in the 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House. She also acts as a historical advisor for television and radio. House of Shadows will be published this November.
Wednesday, October 28. 11am. The Beacon. Tickets:£6
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