In a couple of weeks, on 8 October I will be performing with a TLS team at the Cheltenham Literary Festival: that’s Ruth Scurr, Peter Stothard and me. It’s a panel discussion and debate about writing history –and we mean writing and “doing” history as much as the end product. We’ve all, in our time, had a go at writing history in a different form, under a different rubric. But conventional or unconventional, it’s the “how you go about it” that we want to explore.
Readers and commenters on this blog have been very patient (and I hope interested), as I have issued regular bulletins on the state of progress, or not, on SPQR – from the simple issues of where and how you actually write (in my case I can go days without ever getting dressed, tapping it out on the laptop on the kitchen table) to what you do when you get stuck (I can still remember the troubles of writing Chapter 4… which for weeks of its early existence last year I thought was fine, but just a bit dull, and it took me hours to (I hope) fix.)