Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The Medieval Rooms & Happy New Year!


This was a first visit to the new Medieval & Renaissance galleries at the V & A in London.   The picture above is an twelfth century illumination of St Mark writing his gospel.   It is done with watercolour on parchment with burnished gold, and if you look closely, you can see St Mark has a bookstand with what looks like barleytwist carving.   He has laid out his writing things on his desk, the pen, ink, scraper etc

There was so much to see in the new rooms, it is on three floors.  I couldn't take it all in in one visit, which gives me the perfect excuse to go back again.    And again.  Here is an angel who caught my husband's eye.




And here is a fragment of silk from Byzantium, with a griffin on it.




And here is wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Romantic Novel of the Year 2010 - Longlist!

The longlist has been published on the RNA blog.   This is it:

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison - Alma Books
Passion by Louise Bagshawe - Headline Review
Beachcombing by Maggie Dana - Pan Macmillan
Fairytale of New York by Miranda Dickinson - Avon (Harper Collins)
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon - Hodder & Stoughton
A Single to Rome by Sarah Duncan - Headline Review
A Mother’s Hope by Katie Flynn - Arrow (Random Hse)
A Glimpse at Happiness by Jean Fullerton - Orion
10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love by Linda Green - Headline Review
Marriage and Other Games by Veronica Henry - Orion
The Glass Painter’s Daughter by Rachel Hore - Simon & Schuster
It’s the Little Things by Erica James - Orion
I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk - Harper
The Heart of the Night by Judith Lennox - Headline Review
The Italian Matchmaker by Santa Montefiore - Hodder & Stoughton
The Summer House by Mary Nichols - Allison & Busby
One Thing Led to Another by Katy Regan - Harper
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks - Little Brown (Sphere)
Last Christmas by Julia Williams - Avon (Harper Collins)
The Hidden Dance by Susan Wooldridge - Allison & Busby

It is quite a line up, I can see there's a lot of reading to get on with!  The Award will be presented at the lunch to be held on March 16th.   Full details can be seen on the RNA blog.  The link is here:  http://romanticnovelistsassociationblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-longlistthe-rna-romantic.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RomanticNovelistsAssociationBlog+%28Romantic+Novelists%27+Association+Blog%29

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Friday, 11 December 2009

Christmas at Cotehele and the Poor House

Two blog posts have gone up today, and the topics could hardly contrast more!

The first is on the RNA blog. It shows some Christmassy pictures of the hall at Cotehele in Cornwall. We took them on a recent visit. http://romanticnovelistsassociationblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/carol-townend-brings-us-glimpse-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RomanticNovelistsAssociationBlog+%28Romantic+Novelists%27+Association+Blog%29

The fabulous Cotehele Christmas garland can be seen on the RNA blog...

The second post is published on the Historical Romance UK blog. Here's the link: http://historicalromanceuk.blogspot.com/2009/12/guest-blogger-carol-townend-echoes.html
This one concerns a letter found in a box of family papers. It give a tantalising glimpe of a family crisis, when a relation ended up in the Barton Poor House.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Reopen at the V & A!

Today is the day the medieval and renaissance galleries re-open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The V & A is an amazing resource. Whenever I get stuck with my writing, I like to go there and wander down the corridors in a dream, half thinking about the probem with the novel. There are so many images there that the museum usually comes up with an answer in visual form. I find myself standing in front of a mosaic, or some Italian plates, and if I think very hard, I can usually work out what the museum is trying to tell me!

I can't wait to see the new galleries. The details are here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/index.html

If it wasn't for the fact that we are just back after a few days in Cornwall (I have a fair bit of writing to catch up with) I would be down there in a trice!

Here is more about the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries: http://www.vam.ac.uk/futureplan/projects/med_ren/index.html