Fiction

Gunnar Olafsson plays the role of his ancestor King Harald at Stamford Bridge

Gunnar Olafsson plays the role of his ancestor King Harald at Stamford Bridge

I began writing fiction in 2016, when I decided to write a historical novel inspired by some of the many people I have met while working for Yorkshire’s Dalesman Magazine.

People I met spoke of the Harrying of the North, of the vibrant city of Jorvik, and of the origins of the language, a mixture of Old English and Old Norse.

I began to imagine, what must it have been like to live in those times?

And, I thought  – I’ll bring it all back to life.  I’ll write a historical novel!

How much easier to say than to do.  After years of checking facts, ensuring I quoted people accurately, I found it surprisingly difficult to make things up.  So I joined a creative writing group and began writing short stories.  I was delighted when one of these won a runner-up place in a competition.

I was also very pleased to win a place on a writer development scheme, Writers’ Block North East 2017

Laura and James of Writers’ Block have provided very valuable support, advice and mentorship, which is helping me to transform my ideas into a readable novel.  Fingers crossed, one day, someone will publish it.

But that is another story.