Research and the Historic Novel
Karen Maitland with Kate Innes
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Karen Maitland conjures up a world of magic, superstition, and mystery. Her tales are overly dark and chilling. She says that a novel is a way of putting two or three pieces together from discrete sources. Maitland is a meticulous researcher who unearths economical, cultural, and historical information about the medieval time. She brings the medieval world alive and shows the deep contrast with the contemporary society. She summaries her research approach by saying, “do all the research, then close the textbooks, and write a cracking story.”
Kate Innes was once an archaeologist and museum education officer but now enjoys living in the past by writing historical fiction. Her first novel, The Errant Hours, based on real events in medieval Shropshire, followed the journey of a young woman through the physical and spiritual dangers of the Plantagenet Marches. It was a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice and included on a medieval reading list at Bangor University. The sequel, All the Winding World, was published in 2018. Her poetry collection Flocks of Words was shortlisted for the International Rubery Award.
Join Karen and Kate at Shrewsbury Library and hear how they approach the complex task of historic research.
The Ellis Peters' Collection
Shrewsbury Library curates the Ellis Peters Collection.
Shrewsbury Library is housed in a Grade 1 listed building and was the home of Shrewsbury School from 1550 until 1882. The building reopened as a free library and museum in 1885.
Shrewsbury Library was gifted a collection of books by local author Ellis Peters, the nom de plume of Edith Pargeter.
The collection consists of a mixture of the medieval-detective series The Cadfael Chronicles, set in Shrewsbury around the Abbey, along with her other novels and local history books exploring Shropshire.
Ellis Peters was awarded an OBE for services to Literature and her historical mysteries are still well loved by crime readers today. Some of the titles in the collection are now available to borrow.
There will be an exhibition of items from the Ellis Peters collection as part of this event.
Entrance to the exhibition will only be available via the event.