Sowena is besieged by the Catuvellauni army at what is now called Burgh Castle on the Norfolk coast. Will she be able to escape and head across the sea to Saxonia?
I had a day looking round Burgh Castle this week. It’s a “Saxon Shore Fort” and one of the most spectacular Roman sites in England. There’s some pretty serious wall to explore there… and the chance to be in the Norfolk Broads as well.
Burgh Castle from the north east
the ruined north gate
Halvergate Marshes looking west from Burgh Castle
The first draft of Southward is now available. Click here to read it.
Southward, the second part of The Compass Quartet, recounts how the infant Arthur takes his first steps in his new world.
The next book will be called Easterners – and 20,000 words have been written already.
The final book in the quartet will be called Westring and will tell the tale of how Ygrainne comes looking for her son.
I’m now into day three out of three set aside for further work on Easterners, book three of the Compass Quartet. I’m in a Premier Inn deep in Cornwall.
There are 20,000 words so far(!) and the action has shifted to Burgh Castle on the Norfolk coast. Sowena is besieged…
I’ve got two days this week set aside for writing. I’ll be in the foyer of Aubrey Park Hotel, Redbourn on Tuesday and Bracknell Library on Wednesday.
When I’ve got a moment I’ll explain why these two particular locations…
Book Two – Southward – is now written and in proofreading stage.
Sowena makes her new home with Sir Ector in the territory of the Corieltauvi tribe. Arthur is settled and safe. Marcan becomes one of Ector’s “men.” All seems at peace.
But events are stirring beyond the tribe lands. Strangers from the east are sailing to Britannia and ancient grudges between the tribes are re-awakened.
Can Sowena keep her new family from danger?
Check out www.thecompassquartet.co.uk to see when you can read Southward for yourself.
As you know, it has been a long time since I posted on here. I am actually 10,000 words into Book Three. Yes, Easterners is shaping up to become Sowena’s most exciting adventure yet. More details later…
is, I think, the first mention of Northborne on the web that isn’t ours!
Pretty exciting stuff.
On 29th July we’ll be visiting the historical site of Sir Ector’s “castle.” This is the place where Sowena and Marcan face their next challenges to ensure the safety of the young Atrthur.
While we’re there we’ll be finalising the plot details for Southward – part two of The Compass Quartet.
Northborne, first book in the Compass Quartet series, has been published by Visible Sound. Read the introduction now at www.thecompassquartet.co.uk