Posted by: billpurdue | September 8, 2011

An Interview with Mark Patterson

The main feature of this posting is an interview recorded some weeks ago with freelance author Mark Patterson. I enjoyed a talk he gave at this year’s Lowdham Book Festival about his book Roman Nottinghamshire [Five Leaves £11.99 978-1907869129] and finally got round to arranging an interview with Mark at a café in West Bridgford. Mark obviously has a great interest in the Roman period, having grown up within easy reach of Hadrian’s Wall, but he is keen to stress that he is not an archaeologist. One of the reasons that he wrote this book was to bring to the attention of local people that fact that there are significant Roman remains in the county, although there is almost nothing to see above ground.

Mark also makes the point that Nottinghamshire has done very little (in comparison to neighbouring counties) to preserve and interpret its history – except perhaps when it comes to Robin Hood. For example, there is currently a campaign to prevent the Roman site at Southwell, which is considered to be of national importance, from being used for speculative development. Hopefully the background noises from other café customers will not spoil this interview – listen here.

Celebrating 15 Years

At the weekend I visited The Bookcase at Lowdham (Nottinghamshire), where Jane Streeter and her staff were celebrating 15 years of trading. Among those attending were a number of local authors including children’s author Helena Pielichaty, crime writer David Belbin, Anne Zouroudi, author of the series “The Mysteries of the Greek Detective”, Wilf Morgan, author and owner of the publishing house Eighty8Tales and Rowena Edlin-White, author of both fiction and non-fiction. I only managed to speak to Helena Pielichaty, but they are all on my list as possible future interviewees.

New book of the week

Sue Johnston  is one of my favourite actresses (“The Royle Family”, “Silent Witness” etc), so I was very interested to see that her autobiography Things I couldn’t tell my mother – my autobiography  [Ebury Press £18.99 978-0091938895] came out last week. It has been described as “Warm, fascinating but brutally honest” by The Mirror. I’ll look forward to reading it.

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