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‘On Shakespearean roguery, plaguey serial killers and theatre’: The Radio Interview

This morning I was a guest on the CBC radio show North By North West with the wonderful Sheryl MacKay. A more comprehensive interview is on the website wherein I wax most lyrical on the influence of Hamlet on my … Continue reading

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Lessons I learned from The French Executioner – and friends!

Lesson One: A man (and a character) reveals himself slowly. Jean is surrounded by colourful friends and enemies. Haakon, the huge ax-wielding Viking. The Fugger, with his one hand and madness always a reach away. Beck, the girl dressed as … Continue reading

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‘Scarify that Bubo?’ I wish I hadn’t had to write that!

Contrary to popular belief, I am not an especially gruesome person. When people look at me in horror – like when I describe proper impalement (see novel: ‘Vlad, The Last Confession’) or the actual conditions on a slave galley. (See: … Continue reading

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A Radio interview: Talking of movies, books, plays – and a sword!

Hello All! Here’s a radio interview I did this morning for the terrific Susan Wingate. Bizarrely she lives about six miles away from my British Columbian island on an American island, San Juan – or as we Brits prefer to … Continue reading

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Write the Good Fight: Combat on the page and on the stage

There are many similarities between choreographing a fight for the stage and for the page. They are both, in a way, ‘conversation by other means’. They should be all about ‘character in action’: reveal something of those we are following. … Continue reading

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