When should I write?

How to navigate the temporal power of the pen Recently, I have been stuck in the past. I’ve looked at documents from the past. I’ve considered photographs from the past. I’ve read what historians say about the past. I’ve written scenes set in the past. Turns out, when you work in a History department, there … Continue reading When should I write?


Flash Histories Symposium 5th July

Tickets are now live here for the symposium on 'Flash histories', which will bring together creative writers, historians, publishers and heritage professionals. Themes for discussion include:  Brevity: its uses and pleasures Imagination, play and the real in creative histories Archives and historical sources in fiction-making Social media, publishing and disseminating history Public history and the … Continue reading Flash Histories Symposium 5th July

Conventions of Historical Writing

This post is prompted by an event co-organized by the Institute of Historical Research and the Raphael Samuel Centre for Public and Creative Histories on 'New Approaches to Writing History'. What is new in recent historical writing? The problem with answering this question is that historical writing has never been a fixed target. As long … Continue reading Conventions of Historical Writing

6 Questions About Ethics and Creative-Historical Work

The following is adapted from my notes for an 'Ideas Lunch' being hosted by the Brigstow Institute in Bristol today. The question of the ethics of historiography is, of course, not a new one. In fact Laura Sangha has written a post for the StoryingthePast blog precisely on the question of ethics, history, and fiction, which you … Continue reading 6 Questions About Ethics and Creative-Historical Work