James Aitcheson – Author Talk & Book Signing Event

7.15pm Thursday 19th June 2014
Central Library – 2nd Floor Reading RoomJames Aitcheson

Historian and Novelist James Aitcheson will be presenting an Author’s Talk and Book Signing event at Central Library on Thurs 19th June at 7.15pm in the libraries 2nd Floor Reading Room.
James will be reading from his new, just published third novel Knights of the Hawk as well as discussing his own personal creative process to writing historical fiction – how he approaches research, the importance of ‘getting out in the field’ and the inspiration required when developing the characters to his stories. The author will also be signing copies of his new book.

James Aitcheson was born in Wiltshire in 1985 and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he developed a special interest in the Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the Anglo-Saxon period and the Norman Conquest, a time of tremendous change that proved to be one of the biggest turning points in English history.

Knights of the Hawk is the third novel in the successful ‘Conquest’ series which has also been published in America as well as Germany. The series is set in the aftermath of 1066 and tells of the Conquest from the Norman point of view. James says ‘I wanted to show the Conquest in a different light and offer a fresh slant on it: one that was less familiar. By telling the novel from the invaders’ viewpoint, I hoped to blur the traditional distinction between the “good” English and the “bad” Normans, and in so doing challenge readers’ sympathies and preconceptions about the period’.

Tickets for the event are £2.50 (£1.50 for library members) and are available from all Swindon Libraries. Contact Colin Curtis 01793 463782 for further information.

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