LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The September Queen, and the new Venus in Winter
Come and hear from the wonderfully talented and critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Gillian Bagwell. She has written several books in the genre of historical fiction, centering around British royalty. Her latest novel, Venus in Winter, focuses on Bess of Hardwick, the four-times widowed noble whose power was second only to Queen Elizabeth. Gillian, whose background includes a stint as artistic director of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, will be sharing tips on how to improve your readings and stage presence.
Gillian Bagwell grew up in Berkeley, California, and began her professional life as an actress, studying at the University of California Berkeley and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. She moved into directing and producing theatre, founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company, where she served as artistic director for nine years, producing thirty-seven critically acclaimed productions.
She united her life-long love of books, British history, and theatre in writing her first novel, The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn. Her second novel, The September Queen, is the first fictional account of the perilous and romantic odyssey of Jane Lane, an ordinary English girl who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651 by disguising him as her servant. Gillian recently returned to Berkeley and is at work on her third novel, about the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast Bess of Hardwick.