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The Errant Hours - New Literary Historical NovelKate Innes Flocks of Words cover
At last, the sequel to The Errant Hours is published! All the Winding World officially went forth on the 22 June 2018 and is now widely available as a paperback and ebook.

“Rich, intricate, and full of ordinary women finding power in a society that seeks to rob them of autonomy. Second novels rarely live up to the promise of the first, but this delivers wholeheartedly. A fantastic testament to the power of love.” Best-selling author Manda Scott

New maps have been painstakingly drawn by the artist James Wade showing the journeys of Illesa and Sir Richard in this new adventure, set during the Anglo-French war of 1294-6. 

Misty Urban, a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society, has written a beautiful review of ‘All the Winding World’:

“Innes brings her poetic sensibilities to bear in this lovely sequel to The Errant Hours, set ten years later. Illesa is married to Sir Richard Brunel, has borne three children and lost one, and is happily settled at their small manor farm in Shropshire when King Edward’s call for war to regain the lost Duchy of Aquitaine summons Richard, despite his maimed leg and missing eye, back to the battlefield. French treachery lands Richard in a Bordeaux prison, and Illesa launches a dangerous scheme to trade a priceless clerical garment for her beloved’s life. Helping her are Gaspar, a witty traveling player carrying a fatal secret, and Azalais of Dax, a skilled trobairitz (female troubadour) trained in the songs of courtly love.

Innes’s accurate details and descriptions of the furnishings and landscape of life in late 13th-century England and France are a pleasure to revel in. She conveys the richly textured sense of a world bloody with war and other hazards, clocked by the rhythms of the natural seasons and Church time, and saturated with that strain of medieval Christian piety peculiar to Western Europe. Though the plot is satisfyingly suspenseful as Illesa drags herself and her friends into the arms of their enemies, the most vivid character is the setting, the buildings and cities that come alive with all their strange accoutrements: priests and Templars, precious books and costly clothing, pet weasels and cunning tax collectors. Innes’s poetry makes an appearance in the songs sung by Azalais, an enigmatic character who deserves her own book. This skillful crafting of and immersion in a brutal, beautiful, breathing world rife with treachery, disease, and dangers unseen will enchant readers new to the period and delight those who know it well.”

Author Events:

Talks about the historical background to The Errant Hours and the sequel, All the Winding World, poetry readings and book signings are available for public or private venues.  Book Clubs, Women’s Institutes, Bookshops, Libraries, Church Societies and many other groups have enjoyed these presentations. Talks range from 30 min to 1 hour in length.

21st November – 2:30pm – ‘All the Winding World’ talk – Hobb’s Room, Shrewsbury Library. Tickets £3

24th November 7:30pmIntroducing Kate Mascarenhas as part of the Shrewsbury  Festival of Literature – The Hive, £12/£8

Sunday 25th November 1:30 – 4:30pm – Concord College Christmas Fair – Books can be bought and personalised for a perfect Christmas Present

7th May 2019 – Wem U3A

Poetry News and Events: 

My first poetry collection – Flocks of Words – was recently shortlisted for the International Rubery Award. This is what the judges said about it:  
“An impressive collection of poems that often exhibit a powerful engagement with the natural world and brim with the joy of it. Many of the other poems are subtle in their execution, with inventive language. These are the kind of poems that you read and agree with, while thinking you wish you’d thought of the sentiment first. Many of the poems work through the accumulation of detail, which is often very effective, and she is an excellent landscape poet, with a wide range of settings: England, France, Canada, Zimbabwe. The title poem is delightful.”

The collection is now available from Amazon, and also from Shropshire bookshops.

A special collaboration with the award-winning acoustic group, Whalebone, also called Flocks of Words is a melding of mesmeric music and poetry, exploring the mythic and natural landscape around us. 

Performances:

Thursday 6 December, 7:30pm Shrewsbury Poetry at St Nicholas’ Cafe – 40 minute taster performance

Friday 1st February 7:30pm – The Tractor Shed, Bantock House as part of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Tickets £8.50

Saturday 4th May – Culmington Church – details tba

Thursday 9th May – Nuneaton Library – details tba

Friday 7th June – Knowbury Church – details tba

Flocks of Words can be booked for venues around the West Midlands, both taster performances and ticketed full performances. Contact us through the ‘Get in Touch’ page or by calling 01746 765268.

Performances of Flocks of Words have taken place at  Wenlock Books, The Greenwood Centre, Severn Valley Country Park, Ludlow Assembly Rooms and several public libraries.

Hear the music of Whalebone
The launch of 'The Errant Hours' at Shrewsbury Museum & Art GalleryThe launch of 'The Errant Hours' at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

The Errant Hours – the book that travels the world! It has galloped through Morocco, Japan, Portugal, Cuba, Belize and Florida.  Last seen being read by the Grad Students in the Celtic Studies Department at Harvard University.

Where will you read your copy?