Speaking and media participation

Eboracum 2023 fashion show

Alison gives talks/workshops/panels on writing, self-publishing, alternative and historical fiction, thrillers, research and social media at writers’ conferences, tutorial groups and associations in the UK, US, Ireland and France.

Recent events include:

Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Conference 21-22 October 2023
Contributor to the ‘Marketing Mindset Forever’ session

International Dublin Writers’ Festival 15-17 September 2023
Talk on “The pain and pleasure of editing from the writer’s point of view

Colchester Roman Festival, 29/30 July 2023
Panellist on ‘Was the fall of Rome inevitable’ with Harry Sidebottom and Nick Holmes
Chaired panel with Lindsey Davis, Harry Sidebottom and Nick Holmes on ‘Bringing Rome to Life on the Page’
Panellist on ‘Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Ancient Rome’ with Harry Sidebottom, Alex Gough (chair) and L J Trafford.

Eboracum Roman Festival, early July 2023
York, UK
Taking part in the main parade and presenting 4th century women’s costume in the ‘Fashion Parade’

Historical Novel Society 2022, 2-4 September 2022
Durham, UK
Panel on ‘Twisting Time in Historical Fiction – An Alternative Approach’
With Anna Belfrage and Christina Courtenay. We were just a group of time-twisters but we knew how to have fun with history…

Colchester Roman Festival, July 2022 – the first one ever!
Two panels: ‘Colchester, garrison town for 2,000 years. Differences and similarities, the Roman and British armies’ and ‘When does Roman fact become fiction?’

London Book Fair, April 2022
Volunteering on the Alliance of Independent Authors’ stand, spreading the word!

Portsmouth MysteryFest March 2022
Two panels: Historical Mysteries (as substitute for Edward Marston) and Crime and Mental Health
First live event post Covid!

(I took part in MysteryFest 2021 on Zoom with Helen Hollick talking about changing from historical fiction to crime fiction, but it wasn’t the same…)

English Speaking Union (Loire Valley) January 2019, Saumur, France
‘Roma Nova’ – Creating a fictional world

Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference, July 2018, Leeds
‘Critique Partners or Writing Buddies?’ With Denise Barnes

Dublin Writers’ Conference, June 2018
‘The business of being an author’
Panel talk highlighting skills authors may already have to take on the writing life

CrimeFest, May 2018, Bristol
Panellist:  the ‘Indie Alternative’ panel

Freelance Media Group, May 2018, London
Talk/workshop: ‘Social media for Writers’

Charroux Literary Festival, August 2017
Talk: ‘Alternative history thrillers – Roma Nova’
Member of historical fiction panel
Panelist and discussion leader, New Writers’ Workshop

Dublin Writers’ Conference, June 2017
‘Storytelling – The Critical Elements’
Panel talk featuring adventure fiction

Historical Novel Society Conference, September 2016, Oxford
Indie co-ordinator and deputy publicity officer, chaired panel ‘Going Indie: Questions and Answers’

Triskele LitFest 2016, September 2016, London
Member of the historical fiction panel (video available)

SilverWood Books Writing Day/Bristol Festival of Literature, October 2016
Member of historical research panel (writing ‘extreme’ circumstances)
Co-led a session on elevator pitching

Romantic Novelists Association Conference, July 2016
Talk on historical research and how to use it without ‘info-dumping’
Represented indie authors on publishing trade panel

St Clémentin LittFête, June 2016
Talks on ‘The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing’ and about the Roma Nova thriller series, with readings

Charroux LitFest Bookish lunch, May 2016,
Lunch with ‘bons mots’ plus giving a writers’ workshop on ‘Character in Setting’

Wrexham Carnival of Words, May 2016
Standing up for the Romans on a ‘My Era’s Better Than Yours’ panel as part of Historical Fiction Night

ChipLit Fest Trade Secrets Day, November 2015, talk ‘The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing’, plus co-presentation on ‘Researching your Novel’

Charroux LitFest, August 2015, talk about my publishing journey and the Roma Nova thrillers, plus member of crime and thriller writing panel

Historical Novel Society Conference, June 2015, in Denver, CO, chaired panel on ‘The Brass Tacks of Self-Publishing

Historical Novel Society Conference, September 2014, led a workshop on social media for authors

Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference, July 2014, led workshop on writing in an alternative environment


Alliance of Independent Authors ‘Inspiring Authors’ podcast

Guest speaker on BeginSelfPublishing podcast talking about author events

Author interview on Audible to accompany launch of first four Roma Nova audiobooks

Alison has written the following articles:

‘Rewriting History’ (about writing alternative history), Writing Magazine

‘Serious Business’ (about recognition as an self-published author), Writing Magazine

Monthly column about writing and publishing, The Deux-Sèvres Monthly, the local English language magazine, since 2012.

Mentions/contributions in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Kent Messenger

Live broadcasts on Radio Kent, August and December 2013

Expat Radio February 2018


Follow the link to forthcoming events…


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. JULIA PRIMA, a new Roma Nova story set in the late 4th century, is now out.

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