Marianne Whiting, author of the Shieldmaiden Trilogy will be giving a presentation on why Historical Fiction matters at the Leicester Writers’ Showcase event to be held at Leicester Central Library on Wednesday 19 April. Marianne Whiting will also be taking part in a Q&A session on writing historical fiction and on her trilogy of Viking Adventure novels. The event starts at 6.30pm and is free and open to all. Those who are interested in attending are advised to book in advance on 0116 299 5401 or at the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Leicester Writers’ Showcase started in January 2017 and aims to highlight Leicester’s literary talent and create space for conversation between readers and writers.

Titles that have been featured as part of the series so far include: Carol Leeming’s “The Declamations of Cool Eye” (Dare to Diva Productions, 2017); the short story collection, “Lost and Found: Stories of Home” (Dahlia Publishing, 2015); and the poetry anthology, “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016).

Marianne Whiting’s presentation is the fourth event in the series.

Leicester City Librarian Matthew Vaughan says, “We launched the Leicester Writers’ Showcase in January 2017 with an event featuring a live poetry reading from the recently published poetry anthology, “Welcome to Leicester”. This was followed by an event featuring short stories from “Lost and Found: stories of home by Leicestershire writers” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016) and Carol Leeming’s “The Declamations of Cool Eye”.

“We are pleased to say the Writers’ Showcase is now a regular fixture in the Leicester Central Library calendar.”

“Shieldmaiden”, the first book in Marianne Whiting’s trilogy was longlisted for the Rubery International Book Award. The novel is set in AD 934 at a time when the old Norse gods are being challenged by Christianity and the English are fighting the Norse for supremacy over the North. It tells the story of treason, a murder and how a young Viking woman picks up the sword and goes out in search of justice and retribution. The second book in the series, “To Save a Kingdom” was published on 20 March 2017 by Accent Press.

Chris is a Sparrow.

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