Henley Literary Festival 2017

A date for October:

I will be speaking with Rory Clements at Henley Literary Festival on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 2.30 pm.

Looking forward to seeing friends and new acquaintances there.

‘Historical fiction is one of the most popular literary genres. Here, two leading authors discuss why it appeals to them and to such a wide audience. Rory’s latest book Corpus begins in Berlin in 1936 and moves through murders in England to links with Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. In The Shadow Queen, Anne goes back to the Plantaget and the scheming beauty that is Joan of Kent, mother of Richard II. A chance to learn more about this fascinating literary world.’

For tickets and information:



Lancaster Historical Writing Festival

A date for your diary in October:

I am looking forward to appearing at the

Lancaster Historical Writing Festival

on Saturday 28th October at 11.30 am

with Joanna Hickson.

Does this tempt you?  Hope to see you there.



While former monarchs are venerated or at the very least remembered, their family members who do not take to the throne are often left to languish in the footnotes of history. Authors Anne O’Brien (The Shadow Queen) and Joanna Hickson (First of the Tudors) have a profound interest in these lesser-known characters and strive to put them in the limelight. Join them at this enthralling talk to find out more about the fascinating lives of Joan of Kent, mother of King Richard II, and Jasper Tudor, half-brother to King Henry VI, and what it takes to fictionalise real people. They will be in conversation with Dr Liz Oakley-Brown of Lancaster University.
Anne and Joanna will talk about their books before taking audience questions and signing copies of their novels. The event will last approximately one hour, not including the time taken for the book signing.
Tickets cost £5/£3 for concessions and are available to buy in store and online.  Here’s the link to discover more:

Crewe Book Signing 2017

I am delighted to be invited to have a book signing for The Shadow Queen on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Waterstones in Crewe.

Hoping to see lovers of historical fiction there.

More details to come