Think ‘small screen, epic discoveries’ as I launch my very own YouTube channel today, 9th June – widely celebrated as St Columba’s Feast Day.
As you’ll already know, the Irish saint, also known as Colmcille, is a key character in my award-winning historical fiction series ‘The Chronicles of Iona’ which explores his life and legacy following his exile in 563 A.D. to Scotland’s lawless coastal kingdom of Dal Riata.
2021 sees the 1500th anniversary of his birth on 7th December 521 A.D., and the occasion is being marked with commemorative events across the North and West of Ireland and Scotland (see www.colmcille1500.com for details). In August I’ll be delivering a seminar on behalf of Donegal County Libraries as well as leading a Book Club through the series in September.
I’m thrilled to launch my YouTube channel. It’s a wonderful way to invite you, my readers, into the world of Dal Riata, with a selection of videos that introduce my historical characters and the cinematic locations I’ve shared throughout the series. I’m also planning to take you on my travels with video blogs as I research key sites for forthcoming novels. I hope the video content will be a rich source of historical detail and context for you, and I can’t wait to share my passion for the period and the region.
Columba and the early Scottish king Aedan mac Gabran were towering figures of their age and deserve to be much better known—they literally changed the course of history. It’s a joy to bring their world to life.
I’ll see you over on YouTube >