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Lincoln Book Festival: Meeting Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood

Lincoln Book Festival: Meeting Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood

“You can’t beat an incompetent murderess,” says Sarah Gristwood, into the vast auditorium at Lincoln Drill Hall. A ripple of amusement makes its way through the crowd – it would seem you really can’t. The incompetent murderess in question is Eadburh, Queen of Wessex 787 AD to 802 AD. According to Bishop Asser’s Life of […]

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Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

It’s seven o’clock on a Friday night and Dr Janina Ramirez is storming up and down the stage at Lincoln Drill Hall in a pair of massive platform boots, showing history what’s what. Tonight, we’re dealing with the saints – characters that walk the tricky line between factual history and the divine – the subject […]

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Meeting Dianne Setterfield

Meeting Dianne Setterfield

On her personal website, Dianne Setterfield describes herself as more of a reader than a writer but, with two novels already published and another nearing completion, she’s written more than the average reader. I met her last week, in the atrium of the Collection in Lincoln. Dianne is from Oxford, but had been to Lincoln […]