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Free events mark history writing month

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Published: 29/10/2013

First up is an evening with bestselling author of Roman military fiction Ben Kane, who will talk about his writing and his passion for ancient history at Cadbury Heath Library on Monday 4 November at 7.30pm.

The top 10 bestselling author, who lives in North Somerset, brought the epic stories of Spartacus and more recently Hannibal to life through his series of acclaimed books.

For more information contact Cadbury Heath Library on 01454 868006 or email

Fans of naval history are in for a treat when historian and novelist J D Davies visits Downend Library to talk about his work on Thursday 14 November at 7.30pm.

Davies is the award-winning author of The Journals of Matthew Quinton – a series of naval and historical fiction set in the seventeenth century, a little known but hugely important period in naval history. His non-fiction writing has mainly been set within the same period of history and includes the prize-winning Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89.

For more information contact Downend Library on 01454 868006 or email

Military history author Stewart Binns and fellow Historical Writers Association member Jane Borodale are appearing at Emersons Green Library on Thursday 21 November at 8pm, to talk about their writing and what drew them to their exciting and intriguing subjects.

Stewart Binns’ series of novels The Making of England are set in the England of Henry II and tell the tale of Harold of Hereford, one of the founders of the Knights Templars. The latest (third) book in the series Anarchy was published this June. His other books cover broader English military history, from the Civil War to the Spanish Armada.

Jane Borodale is the author of the Orange Prize listed The Book of Fires, which follows a young pregnant woman from rural Sussex who runs away to eighteenth century London. Her latest book The Knot, was published in paperback this year and tells of a sixteenth century botanist.

For more information contact Emersons Green Library on 01454 868006 or email

Tickets to all events are free but must be booked through or any South Gloucestershire library.

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