A legend of historical fiction, and author of the best-selling Templar Series
From 12.00 noon BST
At Goldster Book Club
Michael Jecks is a legend of historical fiction, and his best-selling Templar Series begins in 14th Century Devon where he now lives. A decade after the famous Knights Templars had been destroyed by Pope Clement V, a charred body is discovered in a burned-out cottage. The newly appointed bailiff believes it to be accidental. The new master of the local manor deduces that the victim was dead before the fire began. From there, Michael wrote another thirty-one of the series which C. J Samson describes as ‘marvelously portrayed’. Other critics praise the accuracy of the research and characters who leap out of the page. Michael is also an anchor of his writing community. He has been an organizer of the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association Dagger Award for debut authors, helping new writers find their feet. He has been on the committee of the Historical Writers Association and, with fellow authors, founded the The Medieval Murderers, a group of specialist authors including CJ Sansom, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory and others who speak at events around the country. And, on the side, Michael is a creator of a new Morris dancing side. The Tinner’s Morris is noted for its eccentric and hazardous style and the dancers for their ability to drink copious quantities of beer. "Being able to write and entertain other people - and earn a living at the same time - is a marvellous way to live,” says Michael Jecks. “I wouldn't change anything."