Welcome! Stonewylde is the contemporary story of a hidden place in Dorset. Set on a beautiful country estate, the community farm their land organically, living simply and in harmony with nature as their ancestors did before them. Everything seems perfect - the wind farm and solar panels, the rural celebrations in the barn, the ancient stone circle and megaliths clustered all over the landscape. But of course nothing is ever perfect.
Stonewylde has captured the imaginations of a huge following. Readers respond passionately to the issues raised in Stonewylde, to the conflicts between the characters and the tension that builds throughout the five books. Stonewylde is not fantasy, yet it seems like another world – a green and idyllic place where darkness hides malignantly in the corners, waiting to be unleashed.
Have a browse here and then try the first book, Magus of Stonewylde. Who knows - you may find, like many other readers have claimed, that Stonewylde opens your eyes and changes your life. The concepts are unique, the emotions universal. And it's a beautiful story.
I was honoured to be invited to take part once again in the annual Crabchurch Conspiracy weekend in Weymouth, Dorset. Organised by local historian Mark Vine and Steve Booth, the weekend commemorates events that happened in the twin towns of Melcombe Regis and Weymouth during the Civil War in 1645.
Unfortunately the exceptionally bad weather (storms causing dangerously high winds and severe flooding) meant that many of the Civil War re-enactors who were intending to take part, couldn't get to Weymouth. We nearly didn't make it either, and had to come down later than planned. Portland, where we'd booked accommodation, had been cut off overnight and for some of the next day due to floods on the causeway.
Despite this, the event was great fun and a huge success. Re-enactors in full uniform and armed with weapons spent the day around and about the town, staging mock arrests in many pubs. The evening event, featuring a lecture by Professor Ronald Hutton on "Why Charles I lost the Civil War" followed by a Dolmen gig with narration by myself and the professor, took place in the Weymouth Pavilion. I hadn't been there since my youngest son performed in a June Hornby dance show back in the '90s! The mayor also took part the following day in laying wreaths to commemorate the deaths on both sides during the Civil War.