Imogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. She directed for film, TV and radio before becoming a full-time author and won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. Her other novels also featuring the detective duo of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther are Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones and Circle of Shadows. The Paris Winter, a stand-alone novel, is a story of betrayal and darkness set during the Belle Époque. Imogen has been short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice. She is Chair of the Historical Writers Association.
TALKS BY IMOGEN AT THE FESTIVAL
What I didn't know about publishing a novel: the myths and realities of being a writer
Friday 24th March - 15.30-16.30
Imogen Robertson discusses the progress of The Paris Winter from inspiration to launch. Where do ideas come from? What does a writing day look like? Do you have to do what your editor tells you? Who designs the cover? Does writing make you rich? All shall be revealed.
Research, Reality and Imagination: recreating a lost world for the modern reader.
A panel discussion with Imogen Robertson, Anna Mazzola and Elizabeth Chadwick
Sunday 26th March - 9.30 - 10.30
How true to life is the setting of a historical novel? What do novelists owe to the truth? Our panelists discuss their aims and ambitions, their research, compromises and controversies and the creative choices they make when trying to summon up a lost time and its people.