A nice email dropped in my inbox today. It was from Artificium, an independent publisher that runs short story competitions every spring and summer, and publish an anthology of short fiction, flash fiction and poetry two to three times a year. The email contained the shortlist for their summer competition and my name was among them!… Continue reading My short story “The Bisley Boy” has been shortlisted by Artificium
Everybody’s seen a Hans Holbein. His portraits of Henry VIII and the Tudor court are some of the most famous works of the Renaissance. But his 1533 masterpiece The Ambassadors is not just a painting. It’s a nest of puzzles and codes that hints at a conspiracy to change the course of history... At first… Continue reading Does Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” contain clues to a Tudor conspiracy?
Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and the last Tudor monarch, is probably England’s most famous and decorated ruler. But one of the wildest royal conspiracy theories in history contends that this famous and decorated ruler was actually a bloke called Neville. In an age of rampant sexism, Queen Elizabeth I was a force to… Continue reading Queen Elizabeth I was actually a man in drag