GABI PLUMM actor, narrator and writer

One of the real pleasures of using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter is that sometimes you meet really interesting people. The sort of people that you would happily have as a friend in the “real world” and meet up with from time to time to share ideas and have a glass of wine. The chances of my ever meeting Gabi face to face are slim, but one never knows. ​ ​Gabi Plumm began life in the UK in the 50s. Her talents as an actor, screen and theatre performer, narrato […]

Who owns the Great Mosque of Córdoba?

Even if you have never visited the beautiful mosque in the centre of Córdoba’s old city, you will have most probably have heard of it. While I was writing the al-Andalus trilogy, which was set in 10th century Córdoba, I visited it many times. It is a truly magnificent place.​ The Mezquita’s fame is widespread, and its history stretches back to the time of the Moors in the 8th century. Work was begun in 785 AD, on the banks of the Guadalquivir, under t […]

THE OX OR THE CAMEL? Transport in Moorish Spain

If you have ever visited southern Spain and ventured into one of the numerous small white villages of Andalusia, you may have been surprised to suddenly come across a flight of steps where the road should be, or a sudden sharp right-angled turn. Maybe you were walking along and the road narrowed from three metres to one metre for no obvious reason, and you heave a sigh of relief that you parked your car at the entrance to the village. These roads were originally never constructed for wagons, bu […]

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

Here we are in December; Christmas is almost upon us and COVID-19 restrictions are becoming a part of our daily life. For a large part of this year many people have been working from home – something that has its benefits and its drawbacks. True it must be nice not to have the hassle of rush hour traffic, or all the expenses that are associated with going to work, petrol, clothing, and lunch out. And of course, less cars on the road are better for the environment. It’s fun for a whi […]

How one book turned into six

Madinat al Zahra I first became interested in Moorish history after visiting Madinat al Zahra, a ruined city outside Córdoba, in 2000. And I was inspired to write the story of a family of artisans who were involved in the construction and decoration of that new city. It took me a year to research and write The Shining City, and when it was finished I knew that there were other wonderful stories to tell about that period. So one book became three. My original plan was to write about a diff […]

AUTHORS’ CORNER REVISITED: Ann Victoria Roberts

Six years ago I ran a blog called Authors’ Corner and interviewed a number of  independent authors. I thought it would be fun to see how things had gone for them in the last six years and whether they were still writing. Today we’re speaking to Ann Victoria RobertsGood morning Ann. Welcome to Author’s Corner Revisited. It’s more than six years since I interviewed you about your writing. So thank you for agreeing to come along and tell us how things have progressed in […]

AUTHORS’ CORNER REVISITED: LUCINDA E CLARKE

Good morning Lucinda. Welcome to Author’s Corner Revisited. It’s more than six years since I interviewed you about your writing. So thank you for agreeing to come along and tell us how things have progressed in that period.1. My first question is regarding your African series, and your main protagonist, Amy. How has Amy’s life developed? Did you leave her in Africa or has she moved to another country?​ In total I’ve written 5 books in the series, and I’m not […]

AUTHORS’ CORNER REVISITED: JG HARLOND

Six years ago I ran a blog called Authors’ Corner and interviewed a number of up and coming authors. I thought it would be fun to see how things had gone for them in the last six years and whether they were still writing.​Today we’re speaking to the novelist and crime writer JG Harlond.​Good morning Jane. Welcome to Author’s Corner Revisited. It’s been a while since I interviewed you about your writing, so thank you for agreeing to come along and tell us how things […]

AUTHORS’ CORNER REVISITED: Keith Dixon

Six years ago I ran a blog called Authors’ Corner and interviewed a number of up and coming independent authors. I thought it would be fun to see how things had gone for them in the last six years and whether they were still writing.​Today we’re speaking to crime writer Keith Dixon.​Good morning Keith. Welcome to Author’s Corner Revisited. It’s been a while since I interviewed you about your writing, so thank you for agreeing to come along and tell us how things ha […]

Sardines and Bonfires

Once again it’s time to gather around a bonfire on the beach, eat sardines and celebrate the eve of San Juan, which coincides approximately with Midsummer’s Eve. In the Christian calendar the 24th of June is the feast of St John the Baptist, or as he is known in Spain, San Juan. The shortest night of the year, known as Midsummer’s Eve or the Summer Solstice, is in June but the date varies according to the calendar—this year it falls on June 20th —but it is usually e […]