My work is mainly centred on Brittany, north-west France, my home for many years. From a background of teaching and research in ancient history, I have written many books and articles covering aspects of Breton history, landscape and legends. I am particularly interested in the intricate relationship between historical reality and the creation of stories, and the psychology of landscape. I also write fiction and poetry.
Current project: a new book on the Breton saints will be published in 2019.
Most recent publications:
Walks in Finistere (2016)
Spirit of Place in Finistere / L’Esprit du lieu en Finistere (2017)
Talks and walks
For the last decade I have given talks and taught courses about Brittany’s complex, ambiguous and vibrant past. In 2004 I founded Brittany Walks (brittanywalks.com) and led walks, walking holidays and guided historical visits all over the region until 2015 when the need for writing time prevailed. Events arising from current research continue on an occasional basis. I have walked many thousand kilometres of paths in Brittany and written five walking guides, including a very popular edition on the Nantes-Brest canal.
In the media
I have given many interviews about my work and life in Brittany, and broadcast a series on Breton history for Spotlight Radio. I have also been filmed by French TV for a documentary about the Nantes-Brest canal. My work has appeared in the UK national press and magazines.