The recent “Crimes & Ballads” evening with Martin Carthy at the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, part of the local Walking and Books Festival, was a great success. More to the point, we enjoyed ourselves! I read my short story “Enchantress,” which appeared in Martin Edwards’s CWA anthology Deadly Pleasures a couple of years ago, and Martin Carthy added a number of traditional folk songs, then did a solo set during which he performed the wonderful “new” version of “Scarborough Fair” from the latest Gift Band CD Anchor. Here’s a photo by Mark Whyman. If my expression looks odd it’s because I’m trying to smile for the camera while doing a sound check!
News flash: The second season of “Written in Blood” on CBS Reality (available on Freeview, Sky etc) begins on Tuesday, 16th October. There are six episodes, and in each one a crime writer discusses a true cold case with presenter Simon Toyne. My episode, talking about the 1965 Elsie Frost murder in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, airs on 6th November. Filming took place on location over two very hot days this summer, and if I look hot and sweaty it’s because I was, but notice how cool and elegant Simon looks! Here’s a trailer.