With just three weeks to go, here’s a reminder of the upcoming ‘bricks & mortar’ launch of charity anthology Grant Me the Carving of My Name in York on 4 May, from 2 till 3.30 pm, at York Explore (the central library, just round the corner from the Minster).
If you’re in the area, do call in and say hi. Six contributors to the anthology will be there (details below), giving brief talks and readings from their work, exploring King Richard’s strong connections with the city of York and the myths that have grown up about this most controversial of kings. They’ll also be answering any questions audience members may have, and selling and signing copies of the anthology and their own individual work.
This is a free event and you can just turn up on the day, but to ensure entry, tickets for it can be booked online or at any York library: https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/event/grant-me-the-carving-of-my-name-launch-event-for-a-richard-iii-anthology/
The six authors attending the event are Wendy Johnson (a key member of the Looking for Richard team who found the king’s grave in Leicester in 2012), Susan Lamb and Joanne R. Larner (who together write the humorous Dickon’s Diaries), Marla Skidmore (Ripon-based author of Renaissance: Fall and Rise of a King), Jennifer C. Wilson (author of the best-selling Kindred Spirits books), and Alex Marchant (anthology editor, and author of The Order of the White Boar, telling King Richard’s real story for children, set largely in Wensleydale and York).
A second anthology of short fiction and poetry inspired by King Richard and his times is planned for November 2019. Alex will explain how aspiring writers can submit their work for consideration, with prizes for outstanding contributions. (Deadline 19th May 2019.)
Grant Me the Carving of My Name is an anthology of 15 short stories by a dozen authors from the UK, Ireland, the USA and Australia. It takes its title (with her permission) from a poem by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy which was read by Benedict Cumberbatch at King Richard’s reburial in Leicester in 2015.
The collection also features a Foreword by best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory, author of The White Queen, which was dramatized by the BBC in 2013 and featured a rare positive portrayal of King Richard, by Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War and Peace).
The collected stories offer an alternative view of this often-maligned king and range from glimpses of his childhood and domestic life, through battles and rebellions, to explorations of the afterlife and his historical reputation. By turns elegiac, mystical, brutal, light-hearted, uplifting, there’s something for everyone in the collection.
King Richard himself suffered from scoliosis – a lateral curvature of the spine that would have become increasingly disabling and painful as he aged, and was only revealed during examination of his skeleton after his grave was excavated in 2012. Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) supports children and adults with the same condition throughout.