Good Reading : April 2015
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING APRIL 2015 34 AUTHOR PROFILE After creating the iconic outback series McLeod’s Daughters, POSIE GRAEME-EVANS turned from the screen to the page, and she’s now written six historical fiction novels. She tells ANGUS DALTON about her own real-life ghost story, the advantage of setting tales in the past, and her new time- slip novel, Wild Wood. laring out to sea from a rocky outcrop on the Scottish Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle stands defiant against any ar my bold enough to march against its ramparts. But behind its ancient and intimidating walls lies a ragged, seemingly unimpressive rectangle of silk. Dated to the time of the Crusades, this piece of fabric is protected behind a sheet of glass that is supposed to protect it from the ravages of time. But the once-brilliant colour of the material has faded to pale yellow, and the strange wr itings embroidered on the silk have similarly degraded into illegibility. Known as the Fairy Flag, it measures about 46 cm square, and television producer turned historical novelist Posie Graeme-Evans has seen it inside Dunvegan Castle. And it sent it her imagination into overdrive. For over 800 years the castle was home to the Clan MacLeod, a name intensely familiar to Posie. Legend has Staircase in Castle of Park, near Glenluce in Scotland. This right-handed spiral staircase was built so that a right-handed swordsman coming down had room to swing his blade where his opponent, coming up, could not.