Iris Lloyd

I have been writing stories and poems since the age of about seven, perhaps before that. When 13 years old, I was awarded Highly Commended in a nationwide story competition for St. Johns Ambulance Brigade cadets, which was judged by Barbara Cartland and Peter Cheyney. I also had a poem printed in Mickey Mouse comic!


Two years (1959-61) were enjoyed as secretary to the Editor of Children’s Books at Macmillan’s publishers in London, where I met author Ray Bethers, and I line edited for him five of his short children’s books.


I became local correspondent for three villages for the Newbury Weekly News, our regional independent newspaper, and also their occasional dance and drama critic. During those eight years, no newsworthy happening in the villages was left unreported.

DANCING AT D'AVENCOURT IS A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HISTORICAL ROMANCE, AS WELL AS AN INTRIGUING MYSTERY INSPIRED BY G H BOUGHTON'S FAMOUS PAINTING. STORY-WITHIN-A-STORY. WONDERFUL!

About

The painting above is called 'After Midnight Mass' by G H Boughton.

Brief outline:

Ingaret was only six years old when she first met Robert. Four years her senior, he was the youngest son of Lord and Lady D’Avencourt, on whose manor her family lived as serfs.

Robert never forgot the little peasant girl with the violet eyes.

As she grew to adulthood, it seemed to Ingaret that life was a maypole dance in which each dancer was handed a ribbon to weave with others into a colourful pattern, but few succeeded. Her tangled ribbon led her to the cathedral city of Fortchester and into marriage with a gentler man, out of Robert’s reach, until circumstances overtook them and she was enticed into his arms.

But Ingaret’s heart had always lain elsewhere and the maypole ribbons continued to entangle her and the men in her life before being woven into their final, inevitable design. The novel takes place in the fifteenth century in southern England.


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