BMCA Autumn Lecture: Lindsey Davis

Arts Lecture Room 3 - Arts Building (rm127)
Thursday 12 October 2023 (17:30-19:00)
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‘A touch of vino fino, a smidgeon of fried fish…’

The Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association (BMCA) and the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology are delighted to announce that this year’s autumn lecturer is the historical novelist Lindsey Davis. 

Lindsey Davis will talk about the challenges of writing her long-running series, with special reference to readers' expectations.

All are welcome and questions from the audience encouraged.

Lindsey Davis is best known for her series of historical crime novels set in Flavian Rome. She is the recipient of many awards, including the  Crimewriters’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.  Her much-loved protagonists Marcus Didius Falco and his wife Helena Justina first appeared in 1989 in The Silver Pigs. Since their retirement after a series of twenty books, their daughter Flavia Albia stars in a new series. 

After the lecture there will be the opportunity to purchase the brand-new paperback edition of the latest Flavia Albia book, A Fatal Legacy, which launches on the day of the autumn lecture. A new collection of shorter works, Voices of Rome, featuring minor characters from the series set in contexts including the eruption of Vesuvius, Boudicca’s revolt and Domitian’s Black Banquet also launches on that day. We are delighted to be working with the Heath Bookshop to bring books for sale and for signing after the talk.

Picture: Lindsey Davis holding a silver Roman ingot known as a 'pig' - a 'Silver Pig'