14 May 2013

Throughout 2013, The National Archives will host a series of monthly talks to broaden awareness of historical records and their uses for writers.

Each month, a high-profile author will talk about using original records in their writing. Ben Macintyre kick-started the year as part of the Mining the Archives masterclass. Our distinguished speakers include: Tracy Borman, John Guy, Peter Hennessy, Dominic Sandbrook, and Lucy Worsley.

May's Writer of the Month will be Ian Mortimer, on 14 May 2013 at 14:00.

Tickets are free of charge. Email writerofthemonth@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to book your place now.

About the author

Ian Mortimer started his career as a poet, then qualified as an archivist and later became a historian and a novelist. Between 1991 and 2003 he worked for a succession of archive and historical research organisations, including Devon Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading. He has BA, PhD and DLitt degrees from the University of Exeter, an MA from UCL, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) for his work on the social history of medicine.

Among the eight history books he has published to date are the two bestselling Time Traveller's Guides: the medieval version has now sold almost 200,000 copies in the UK and the Elizabethan version, which reached number five on the Sunday Times non-fiction top ten, is about to become a BBC Two series.

Ian also is a keen advocate of the public importance of history, and is currently a Secretary of State appointee to Dartmoor National Park Authority, a Member of the Lord Chancellor's Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research, and a Member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Exeter Cathedral.

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