• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Winterfest 2009 by Tim Miller

Over the weekend, 18-19 July, the annual Winterfest was held in Marsfield Park, North Ryde. It was a weekend full of history where there was Dark Ages fighting and the experience of medieval life. There was full flight falconry, a tournament joust, archery range, markets and of course a tourney field. There were many historical combat and re-enactment groups there to demonstrate their abilities with a blade. Stoccata, the group I fight with, where there to put on our own demonstration duels of sword and buckler, rapier, longsword and Italian single sword vs. George Silver’s single sword. It was a lot of fun and great to hear the crowd really get behind the fighters.

Yarrrr ARGH

Two people you wouldnt mess with

Neigh

Unless you were this guy ...

POW! BANG! SHAZAAM!

tourney-ing - not your average afternoon!

Thanks to Kristin Sadlier for the photos.

Tim Miller works in the Editorial & Publishing department at HarperCollins Australia. In his spare time he swordfights, writes, reads fantasy and peruses sword and dagger catalogues (so don’t mess with him). Read Tim’s post on swordfighting.span>

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4 Responses

  1. Wow! This is incredible. I didn’t know they jousted for real (save in the movies). Seriously, great images and footage, Tim. I knew you did this but I have a fuller appreciation now.

    I wonder how I’d go with my samurai sword….hmmmmm

    Thanks for this post!

  2. Hey Kim

    Yeah watching the joust is amazing. I think it would be interesting to see a bout between a samurai sword and longsword, to see how they match up.

    Tim

  3. Would that be a challenge?

    Lol…. we don’t spar in Iaido. If we draw the blade, we draw blood . . .

    A Kendo student, however, would jump in I think!

    🙂

  4. No, not a challenge.

    We only spar with a german feather swords when it comes to longsword training. They are much lighter and more flexible. The damage we could do to each other with a full-weighted longsword would be nasty.

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