On March 19th nearly twenty people turned up at the village hall to hear Karen Maitland talk about her life and work – and what a truly fascinating evening it was!
Karen had come all the way from Devon to talk to the group and we hardly noticed how quickly the time was passing as she enthralled everyone with tales of her early life in war-torn Nigeria and her experiences with machete-wielding terrorists, right through to how she began her writing career.
Karen Maitland has written eight books, all on the themes of medieval murders, religion, ancient cults and legends and brutal penalties and punishments for often minor offences. The scope of her work ranges from the 12th to the 15th century and encompasses subjects including the Church, the inquisition, royalty, the plague, creatures of myth and the trials and tribulations of the populations at the time – some of it extremely gruesome!
However Karen delivered it all with some gentle humour and some unexpected facts from medieval England (such as why a cross is often cut into the bottom of brussels sprouts –it’s not to help them cook!)
The meetings of Syntax last usually about an hour and a half (including a coffee-break) but it was after ten o’clock before we said our farewells – all due to the interaction and rapport that had been established and to Karen’s willingness to answer the stream of questions from a very enthusiastic audience.
Please – if you have never heard of this wonderful author and thoroughly pleasant lady, do take time to find out. You will be as we were, utterly enthralled……
But there’s more! If you missed Karen’s visit there is another opportunity to hear the utterly fascinating author Steven Wade on June 18TH. Steven has written nearly fifty books over his thirty years as a writer and his output ranges from true crime, biographies and the paranormal. (Apparently he has an obsession with ghosts!) If you have access to the internet, have a look at Steven’s website and whet your appetite for what I’m sure will be another utterly absorbing evening.
As if this was not enough Steven will be accompanied by his wife Cathy who is also a published author and specialises in romantic fiction and crimes of passion.
This is truly a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to spend a wonderful evening with not one but two seriously important writers of the present day.
Do come – support Syntax – and have a lovely time!
For more details about Syntax ring Peter on 01400 281084.