Dr Ian Mortimer and Clare Clark
The Impact of History on Writing
Dr Ian Mortimer, bestselling historian and historical novelist and Clare Clark, author of five highly acclaimed historical novels, will discuss the impact of history on writing. They consider important questions such as: ‘how do we tell the truth about the past?’ and ‘what is the meaning of knowing our about our ancestors’ lives?’ They debate that to write about the past fully, and draw out some of its meanings, historical authors have to use fiction. Understandings of how one generation can completely change the world of their great-grandchildren are very difficult to show historically but powerfully demonstrated in fiction.
Ian, renowned for his bestselling series The Time Travellers Guide’s, won the Winston Graham Prize for Historical Fiction for his fourth and latest novel ‘The Outcasts of Time’, set in Devon spanning the years 1348-1942.
Clare Clark’s The Great Stink is now in pre-production for a feature film and is one of two novels longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Clare reviews regularly for the Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post. Her latest novel In The Full Light of the Sun, was published in February 2020.