Sands of Alexandria

sphinx face

Cleopatra’s Needle is a familiar London landmark. Almost seventy feet high, the red granite obelisk stands on Victoria Embankment on the north side of the Thames and is flanked by two faux-Egyptian sphinxes. It is arguably the dominant feature of the Embankment on the north side of the river. The […]

Weekend in Chambéry

Chambery festival poster

  The Painted Bridge has won the ‘English first novel prize – 27th edition of the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry, France.’ The winning novel is selected by a vote by members of reading groups. I had the great pleasure last weekend of going to Chambéry for the Festival du premier […]

Teddington Library Talk

I’m at Teddington Library on Tuesday 20th May, chatting about The Painted Bridge and The Sacred River - the inspiration behind the novels, the themes that interest me in writing about women’s lives, and writing process.                                 […]

WhitLit Festival, May 10th


I’m joining writers Denise Meredith and Lloyd Shepherd for an event as part of the Whitstable literary festival on May 10th. We’ll be talking about our Victorian novels with local author Andrew McGuinness. Please come if you’re in the area! It would be great to see you there. More details […]

Spring Events

Harriet Sketching

I’m looking forward to discussing the English and the Exotic with Essie Fox  at Oxford Literary Festival on Friday 28th March. The event is chaired by Lucy Atkins and we’ll be exploring spirituality and exoticism in the mid-Victorian era and talking about the inspirations for our novels. My novel The Sacred River follows […]

Essex Book Festival

I’ll be talking about Victorian history with novelist Essie Fox, and Kate Nielan and Rob Chilver of Adventures with Words, on 5th March, in Colchester, as part of the Essex Book Festival 2014. In researching my novel The Sacred River, I became fascinated by English women travellers to Egypt in […]

The English and the Exotic

I’m looking forward to being at Crowthorne library on 6th February, talking with novelists Essie Fox and Denise Meredith about the English and the Exotic in our Victorian novels. It would be great to see you if you’re able to attend. More details to come soon for the other events later in the year! […]

Stories of Death and Destiny

dissenter images

To welcome in the New Year, writers Essie Fox, Kate Mayfield and I invite you to a candle-literary evening in the historic Dissenters’ Chapel at Kensal Green cemetery. Kensal Green is one of London’s original Victorian cemeteries, rich in history, with many of the 19th century’s great and good buried here, along with paupers […]

Autumn Events

Writing about the Heath Fri 22nd Nov, 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm Highgate Society, 10a South Grove, London N6 6BS Join writers Michele Hanson, Caitlin Davies and Wendy Wallace as they discuss how Kenwood House & Hampstead Heath have inspired their books. From Michele’s recent book on dogs, many of […]

September Events

The Hareem by John Frederick Lewis

Please come along to any or all of these events if you can – I’d love to see you! On Friday 20th September, I’m at the Manor Hotel as part of the Yeovil Literary festival, giving an illustrated talk on Victorian Women Travellers on the Nile and the research behind my […]