After an earlier career spent working and travelling around the world, including stints as cook on an outback cattle station, interpreter on expedition in Cameroon and English teacher in Jakarta, Pamela stumbled into writing as a way of funding a PhD in Medieval Studies. Settling at last in York, for several years she combined academic research with a successful career as a romance writer. Her thesis on the streets of later medieval and early modern York was finally completed in 2004 and she continues to work (very slowly) on a scholarly edition of the wardmote court records that formed the basis of her research. The Memory of Midnight is her second novel based on her study of Elizabethan York and written under her real name. "
" For more about Pamela, please see her website www.pamelahartshorne.com, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @PamHartshorne.
Don’t floss, peel veg or wash your jeans: 40 things you can stop doing right now https://t.co/DHcXzWNwEI
by @PamHartshorne - 2 hours ago
RT @Scientists4EU: Who voted for the intolerance which now poisons the national conversation? Very powerful piece by @SeemaMalhotra1
by @PamHartshorne - 13 hours ago
Have missed walks on @northyorkmoors so great to be back today for 10 miles from Osmotherley. Every Monday should b… https://t.co/f5svxvHak8
Sorry to hear it was a tough day @SlCathy but thank you for the lovely images. Always enjoyed. https://t.co/aQsFQLBOvj
220530941392774 - 13 hours ago
Couldn't walk yesterday for various reasons, so made it back to the North York Moors at last today for a 10 mile walk from Osmotherley via Swainby shooting lodge and Scarth Woods. Every Monday should be like this.
220530941392774 - 2 days ago
An excellent time at the Harrogate History Festival yesterday, debating the relative merits of smooching and stabbing in historical fiction with Lloyd Shepherd, Robyn Young, Anthony Riches and Elizabeth Fremantle.
It turned out to be a chat rather than a formal debate (phew): we talked about whether history is driven more by what happens in the bedroom or the battlefield; the perennial problem of authenticity; and how we get into our characters' heads (essentially, we don't really know, it's a kind of magic).
It's always interesting to hear how other authors work, and even better to sit down in the bar afterwards, where we had a lively discussion on the problems of writing about sex - which might have been even more entertaining for the audience, who had dispersed by then!
And a bonus to meet Facebook friend @MaggiCraig too!
220530941392774 - 5 days ago
I've been a bit quiet recently, partly because I've been running up and down the country, and partly because I'm in limbo at the moment while I wait to hear if my latest book has sold (everybody keep your fingers crossed!)
In the meantime, I've been trying to get other jobs done, including a long overdue eye test and new glasses. I picked them up yesterday but am still not sure about them: what do you think?
(I'm looking shifty because it took me ages to work out how to take a selfie without my finger in the way. Everybody else makes it look so easy: is there some knack to it that I don't understand??)
220530941392774 - 12 days ago
I'm on the road again: to Wiltshire on Saturday, meeting in Fareham yesterday, trying to navigate tiny country lanes in the dark in the New Forest last night, and lunch today at Keyhaven, looking across at the Isle of Wight. There are worse places to enjoy a tuna mayonnaise sandwich.
220530941392774 - 18 days ago
Just back from BBC Radio York where I was talking about the War vs Romance debate at the forthcoming Harrogate History Festival.
"All’s fair in love and war, but which is better at capturing the past? Romantic novels vie with military fiction as the most popular genres of historical writing, yet they often seem to have nothing in common. Is romantic fiction dismissed because it focusses on women and emotions, or is it soft-pedalling the reality of the past? Do action-adventure novels deal with the proper bits of history, or is it just boys playing with swords? Chaired by Lloyd Shepherd, wielding their rapiers are Robyn Young, who’s taken readers to battlefields on every corner of the globe and Anthony Riches; ripping their bodices are Pamela Hartshorne, who funded her PhD in medieval history by writing Mills & Boon novels, and Tudor trilogist Elizabeth Fremantle. Let battle commence."
I'm hoping any battle will be very light-hearted - I'm not at all good at conflict, so no prizes for guessing which side I'll be on!
The debate takes place on Saturday 22 October. The History Festival itself runs from 20-23 October. There's a chance to hear some fantastic speakers over the weekend, including Philippa Gregory, Tracy Chevalier, Tom Holland, Antony Beevor and Paddy Ashdown - and for Game of Thrones fans, there's a special session including York's Tom Harper on the facts behind the fantasy.
You can book online - I'll add a link in the comments - so if you can get to Harrogate in October, do come along!
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