Oxford Crime Weekend

I was delighted to be at a conference of Crime Writers in Oxford recently, especially as the college I stayed in is named after one of my heroines, St Hilda of Whitby – a distant namesake of my medieval detective and spy, Hildegard of Meaux.  St Hilda convened the synod of Whitby in Saxon times, establishing the calendar we use to this day.  She also ran a double monastery and no doubt kept the brothers in order.  She also fostered the work of the first English poet, Caedmon, and is therefore much to be praised.  St Hilda’s college is idyllically placed on the river, punts langorously passing and the bells of Magdalene clearly ringing over the meadows.  A great weekend.

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