A SOMERSET writer and speaker will be giving a talk entitled The Limits of Empire at Chard Library.

Justin Newland will speak at the event on Holyrood Street, from 10.30 am to noon on March 1.

At the beginning of the Elizabethan era, England was a small, isolated, misty isle on the edge of continental Europe.

But sparked by Dr John Dee’s vision in his book The Limits of Empire, England grew to become the centre of a new world of trade and communication, bringing its laws, customs, and language to all parts of the world.

Justin will explain how this period of history inspired his latest novel, The Mark of the Salamander, which explores the epic story and secret history of Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation.

Justin’s novels are a mix of historical fiction and magical realism.

His other books are: The Genes of Isis, The Old Dragon’s Head, The Coronation, and The Abdication.

Author and broadcaster, Justin does book signings and radio interviews.

His talks are based on the historical periods in which his novels are set.

For more info, visit https://www.justinnewland.com/

Entry to his talk on March 1 is free, but booking is essential either at library reception or email chalib@somerset.gov.uk