I should have got round to writing about this sooner, but hey, better late than never. The first History in the Court (HitC) event took place last Thursday, the 29th of September. Hosted by the wonderful David Headley and Daniel Gedeon of Goldsboro Books, it saw more than 45 authors of historical fiction gathered in Cecil Court just off Charing Cross Road to chat with readers, drink a glass of wine, enjoy the sunshine and hear about the inaugural HWA/Goldsboro Crown for best debut historical fiction novel. The prize – a beautiful glass block and £2,000 – will be awarded for the first time at HitC next year. See the HWA website for more details.
As well as my good self, there were many other word scribes: Anthony Riches, Harry Sidebottom, Russell Whitfield, Manda Scott, Giles Kristian, Douglas Jackson, Michael Arnold, Angus Donald to name but a few. Conn Iggulden was there, but I didn’t get to meet him, sadly. I did get to talk to Bernard Cornwell, however, which was absolutely brilliant. Even got my photo taken with him!