From the blurb for Manda Scott's visit to Cultural Exchanges this year, I have to admit I expected a talk about togas, war, and painstaking historical research; what I got was something quite different.
Manda writes about Roman and
ancient Britain. I walked into the room expecting to see someone
who mirrored the genre: Imperial. I could not have been further from
When asked why she wanted to write novels, she just shrugged and replied: 'because I could'.
Sitting cross-legged on
the chair, Manda took us conversationally through her history as a
veterinarian, her transition into writing crime fiction, and the
spiritual journey that led her to begin writing historical
Her honesty and humour
captivated the audience from the moment she began speaking, and her
eloquent explanation of her shamanistic beliefs was met with nothing
but awe and respect.
This was an
enjoyable, educational experience, and Manda was wonderful to listen to.
The only down side was that the hour went far too quickly.
I hope Manda comes back to
us next year, and brings with her more anecdotes about roundhouses,
hares, and why she dislikes James Herriot so much.