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Viking World 2016: Free public events

As part of the international conference The Viking World: Diversity and Change we are holding a series of free public events on Monday 27 June.

All events are free but places are limited. We are expecting a strong demand for tickets so you will need to book in advance.

These events are especially suitable if you are:

  • interested in the Vikings
  • enjoy historical fiction
  • are interested in the processes authors go through to ensure their characters are accurate in the context of their writing.

Viking facts in fiction - how much research does a historical novel need? (Writers' roundtable)

Date: Monday 27 June Time: 5.15-6.30pm
Venue: Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park, University of Nottingham

Our panel of expert writers will be discussing the processes they go through in creating fiction that is both engaging and historically accurate. They will cover themes such as:

  • using suitable source materials

  • reconciling conflicting sources

  • accurate character creation

  • referencing contemporaneous literature.

The discussion will be followed by a public question and answer session.

The roundtable will be moderated by Matthew Welton, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing.

Join the Live Streaming of this roundtable (5.05-6.30pm)

Our expert writers

James Aitcheson

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James Aitcheson was born in Wiltshire in 1985 and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he developed a special interest in the Middle Ages and the Norman Conquest in particular.

Sworn Sword is his first novel, featuring the knight Tancred and set in England during the turbulent years following 1066. Tancred's adventures continue with The Splintered Kingdom and Knights of the Hawk.

The Harrowing, James's fourth novel, will be published in 2016.

James Aitcheson's website


Justin Hill

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Justin Hill’s fiction spans eras as distant from one another as Anglo Saxon England to Tang Dynasty, China. His work has won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, as well as being both the Sunday Times and the Washington Post Books of the Year. In 2014 he was selected to write the sequel to the Oscar winning film, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, due for release in 2016. 

An engaging and inspiring teacher, Justin now teaches Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Justin Hill's website


Helen Hollick

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Helen Hollick lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Devon. Born in London, Helen wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction. Published for over twenty years with her Arthurian Trilogy, and the 1066 era, she became a ‘USA Today’ bestseller with her novel about Queen Emma The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) She also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based adventures with a touch of fantasy.

As a supporter of Indie Authors she is Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews, and inaugurated the HNS Indie Award.

Helen Hollick's website


Victoria Whitworth

After going to school in Nairobi, New York, London and Letchworth, Victoria read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, did an M.A in Icelandic Literature at the Centre for Medieval Studies in York followed by a D. Phil in the English Department. 

She has published a wide range of academic articles and a book (Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England). Her current research is on the Viking Age sculpture of Britain and Ireland.

Victoria is also the author of The Bone Thief and its sequel, The Traitors' Pit. Set in 900AD after the death of King Alfred the Great they tell the story of a young cleric Wulfgar, his adventures and conflicted loyalties.

Victoria Whitworth's website


Public lecture - Victoria Whitworth

Date: Monday 27 June Time: 6.30-7.30pm 
Venue: Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park, University of Nottingham 
Title: Can These Dry Bones Live? The Potential of Archaeological Fiction

The lecture will be followed by a short question and answer session, wine reception and book signing.

Join the Live Streaming of this lecture (6.30-7.40pm)

Getting to the conference

For full details of how to get here see our visitor information

The Sir Clive Granger Building is marked as number 16 on our campus map

Live Streaming

The two free events will be live streamed for those who can't attend them.

Roundtable (5.05-6.30pm)Lecture (6.30-7.40pm)

Useful organisations

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Centre for Advanced Studies

Nottingham City of Literature


For all queries contact Christina Lee, Associate Professor in Viking Studies, Univesity of Nottingham.



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