My third novel (for now, called Running Wolves) will be inspired by the Shotley Bridge swordmakers.
The novel will need a huge amount of research to underpin it. so I’m writing it for my PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen.
So far, I’ve carried out a literature review and buried myself in the archives to study the swordmakers’ correspondence. Other research will include making my own sword and visiting Solingen.
In the meantime, I plan to talk to the swordmakers’ descendants to find out more about them, and hopefully to see any family heirlooms.
If you'd like to take part in the research, please just download the paperwork from the links on this page, submit it to me via the website, and I'll be in touch!
If you are 18 or over, and you are a descendant of one of the swordmakers, and you'd like to take part in the research, please click on the grey box below to download a copy of the Participant Information Sheet. (This will open a PDF document.)
Once you've read the Participant Information Sheet, if you'd still like to go ahead, please download a copy of the Informed Consent Form by clicking the grey button below. (This will open a Word document.)
You will need to fill out this form and return it to me. You can do this by emailing it to my university email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or uploading it through the submission form at the bottom of this page.
Please suggest as many dates and times in March and April for interview as possible as I may have to accommodate quite a few people. Apologies, but I can only carry out interviews on a weekend.
If you would like to take part, but you do not want to do a face-to-face interview, please let me know, and I can arrange for a paper questionnaire, an online survey, or a phone interview.
Once I receive the form, I will contact you within a few days to set up an interview date and time that is convenient for both of us. (The interview has to take place at least two weeks after I receive your form because I have to allow a 14-day 'cooling-off period'.)