Thank you, Sarah Johnson, and your wonderful blog, “Reading the Past.” Thrilled that you chose to showcase your visit to Lydiard, and review of The Lady of the Tower.
I’m delighted to share that I have been appointed US Ambassador for the Friends of Lydiard Park. In this role, I will bring you news and information on Lydiard Park and St. Mary’s Church as we enter into this exciting new period for the house and its environs. From restoration works to house events; research on the St.Johns and their wide-ranging relatives, to news and updates on the progress of the new management, I’m so excited to be a part of Lydiard’s future. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about this beautiful, unique place, as much as I enjoy writing about it.
I’ll be giving at Author Talk on The Lady of the Tower at Lydiard as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature, May 4th. It’ll be so exciting to be in the setting for my book, and I’m so looking forward to being part of this wonderful Festival – in its 24th year.
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust has been recommended as the preferred bidder to take over the running of Lydiard. THANK YOU to everyone who signed petitions, wrote letters, attended meetings and provided so much support and encouragement over the past eighteen months. The decision will be formalised at next week’s Council meeting. We are so excited to share the vision for Lydiard that will preserve its legacy and assure its future.
I just spent the weekend in Manchester, and had a wonderful time exploring Bramall Hall in Stockport. Truly an unexpected gem, a gorgeous Tudor Manor House, with so much still intact – including its stunning 16th century wall paintings in the solar, some of the finest in Europe. I particularly wanted to see the Elizabethan kitchen, and was not disappointed.
A huge thank you to all my readers who took the time to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads, and to write to me personally about your experience reading The Lady of the Tower. It has been so incredibly humbling and exciting to know how much you’ve enjoyed meeting Lucy and her family. Thank you, thank you.
When I was last at the Tower I was excited to spend some time inside the Lieutenant’s House. This pleasant dining room is actually the chamber where Guy Fawkes was “questioned” … and his view, if he could even lift his head, was over Tower Green. The Gunpowder Plot would have flattened the House of Parliament (although there is some doubt that the gunpowder itself was fresh enough to ignite). Happy Bonfire Night!