Our friend and All Souls kindred spirit Christine has recently taken a field trip to Château des Anges Déchus, Gerbert of Aurillac’s home in the Cantal and Château du Sailhant in real life. Christine, who lives in the Auvergne (lucky), has taken some spectacular photos of this property, which you can admire on her Instagram account. The property is carefully and lovingly maintained by its current owner, architect and conservationist, Joseph Pell Lombardi. We asked Christine to give us her impressions of the castle and she was happy to oblige. Thank you Christine!
Happy #Witchmas everyone!
We’re thrilled to bring you an abridged version of the Q&A with the brilliant panel of executive producers, Jane Tranter, Kate Brooke, and Deborah Harkness, with Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode, at the Cardiff premiere of A Discovery Of Witches. The panel was moderated by Welsh television presenter Angharad Mair.
“Where are my red hose?” Matthew clomped downstairs and scowled at the boxes scattered all over the ground floor. […] In Prague, it was now the eleventh of March and the children and Pierre had yet to arrive.
—Shadow Of Night, Ch. 27 real-time reading
In Shadow Of Night, Diana and Matthew have just arrived in Prague, so it seems only fitting to celebrate with a few Prague souvenirs we collected last January.
Our insatiable wanderlust combined with our love for the All Souls Trilogy has taken us to a truly enchanted city where Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo live side by side in perfect harmony. Welcome to Prague, the city of a hundred spires!
By exploring Diana & Matthew’s Prague, you’ll discover beauty at every turn, especially when you’re committed to walking everywhere looking for doorway signs, sgraffito-decorated buildings, and secret passageways not marked on Google. Those passageways have become an obsession because, let’s face it, “beating Google” can be a lot of fun! Net-net: bring your most comfortable shoes to walk on uneven cobblestones, and a camera (or phone) with extra large storage because you’ll want to take hundreds of pictures.
In part 1, we explore Malá Strana, the neighborhood under Prague Castle.
The All Souls universe has gifted us with the most generous friends, and one of them happens to be our wonderful contributing editor, Wendy MacNeil. Wendy, who attended All Souls Con 2017, has been recruited by the All Souls Con organizers as the “accidental volunteer” to help with a fundraiser, logistics, and even planning the next convention. If you meet Wendy in person, you’d know why you’d want to enlist her help.
In this post, Wendy shares the seven reasons why she enjoyed New Orleans.
[by Laura V.]
If the Auvergne wasn’t in your bucket list, you will want to add it after seeing all the magnificent photos that Christine has taken during a recent visit to Château Dauphin (Pontgibaud), Deborah’s inspiration for Sept-Tours in the Auvergne. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, she’s posted several pictures on her Instagram feed, @Chrystylen.
We were completely mesmerized by her photos, so we decided to contact her. She was very generous to chat with us and allowed us to share her pictures in this post. We learned that Christine lives in the Auvergne (lucky gal!), so the All Souls Trilogy is very special to her. Anyone wants to join a tour?
Back in February a golden opportunity arose to pay a visit to Speke Hall near Liverpool, aka The Old Lodge. Whilst teenage offspring were carousing around Europe on school trips, we decided to meet up with family in Ormskirk which is very close to Speke. I haven’t visited since reading the All Souls Trilogy so was looking forward to viewing it from Matthew and Diana’s perspective.