Getting back to normal? Booking events?

Multi-image photo of Alison at conferences and literary festivals, fairs and conferencesThe other day, I had a mental leap. In a rash moment, I arranged to meet friends I hadn’t seen for two years and it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially as there was cake.

Now, I admit to being fairly risk averse along with a curiosity to do things others don’t. (I’m a Libran which explains this urge to balance things.) Anyway, over the past 24 months, the risk averse has won. Easily. But after my cake and tea with friends, I decided to shake off the torpor.

I booked some conferences. Yes, I’m on the move again. Hello EasyJet, hello Ryanair, hello

I’m triple vaccinated, a confirmed mask-wearer and gel-bottle carrier. In France, we still wear masks where there are four walls and a roof. I distance myself from anybody that looks like a human being, large or small. But I’m naturally optimistic, so I’m cranking down my recently learned heightened alert reaction and will start to get used to being near people again.

I had a brief glimpse of the joy of meeting writing friends again last November. We were a little wary, but all tested. The energy flowed, the friendship flourished, we even wrote some words. So I’m going to rinse and repeat. But the mask and gel stay.

Where am I going and where can we meet up?

Portsmouth MysteryFest
Saturday 12 March 2022 10am-5pm
Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library
On a contemporary crime panel with Peter Tickler, Graham Minett and Christine Lawrence
Mystery Fest is a day festival of crime fiction and crime fact, and is a collaboration between Mystery People and Portsmouth BookFest.

London Book Fair
5-7 April 2022
Olympia, London
Attending, but also lurking around the Alliance of Independent Authors’ hub in Writers Block

12-15 May 2022
Attending and meeting up with ‘criminal’ friends and gawping at the famous

Historical Novel Society 2022 
2-4 September 2022
Durham, UK
Panel on ‘Augmenting Historical Reality’ [Provisional]
Anna Belfrage, Nicola Cormick, Christina Courtenay and me
We’re just a group of time-twisters but we know how to have fun with history…

SEE YOU THERE! Come and say hello!


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series.Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. Double Pursuit, the sequel, is now out!

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