Lisa Shaw Show on BBC Radio Newcastle

Friday 25 September

If you missed me talking to Lisa Shaw about my new novel, my research into the Shotley Bridge swordmakers, Douglas Vernon’s Thread of Iron and the closure of Consett steelworks, you can listen again on BBC Sounds.

I’m on at 10.21 (after The Four Seasons’ and ‘Who Loves You’) and again at 10.42 (after Feargal Sharkey and ‘A Good Heart’).

Available until 24 October 2020.




Launch of Thread of Iron by Douglas Vernon

Saturday 12 September 2020

1:15pm – 1.45 pm 

Online launch (YouTube)

This date is the fortieth anniversary of Consett Steelworks closing, so it’s a good day to relaunch Capt. Douglas Vernon’s book. This excellent history book about the iron and steel industry in Consett has been re-printed by the Land of Oak and Iron. I’ll be one of the speakers at the launch. During my short presentation, I’ll be talking about this book, which includes lots of useful information about the history of the area, including the Shotley Bridge swordmakers.

Due to COVID-19, this will be an online video event. The event will be on YouTube from 1.15pm.

In search of the Shotley Bridge swordmakers: a talk 

Event postponed

(Please note that this event has been postponed due to COVID-19. Watch this space for further details.)

The Steel Club
36 Medomsley Road 
Consett, Co Durham

Entry is free, but please consider making a donation to the organiser, Leadgate Community History Club to help them continue their work. To help with numbers, please follow this link and let the organiser know you’re going.

Me with the sword I made in 2018 (look at the mucky fingernails and the cuts on my hands).

I will read a short excerpt from my latest historical novel, The Running Wolf, which is about the Shotley Bridge swordmakers, and focuses on one swordmaker in particular: Hermann Mohll. It will be published by Impress Books on 10 November 2020 and is available for pre-order now.

The Running Wolf is a novel, so it’s a work of fiction, but it’s based on a great deal of research carried out as part of my PhD at the University of Aberdeen. I’ve been researching this book for some years now, and my research has taken me deep into the archives, over to Solingen in Germany, where the swordmakers came from, and I’ve even made my own sword!

After the reading, I’ll talk about my research findings and share some photos and video footage from my time in Solingen, Germany. There will be plenty of time to ask questions afterwards.

I’ll bring a few copies of The Running Wolf with me if you’d like one signed, but please feel free to get your own copy and bring it along with you.

Entry is free, but voluntary donations to the Leadgate Community History Club would be gratefully received by them to help them with their community work.

There’s no need to book a ticket, but please go to the event information page at this link and indicate that you’re going to help the club manage numbers.

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