6th annual Holly Holy Day author event


Article and images by Jonathan White


The 6th annual ‘Holly Holy Day author event’, organised by the Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge, took place at Nantwich Methodist Church on Friday 25th January 2019 on the evening before the annual ‘Battle of Nantwich’ re-enactment.

The Holly Holy Day author event took place on the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Nantwich, which occurred during the first English Civil War (1642-1646) on 25th January 1644, between the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) who were loyal to Charles I.



The event was compered by journalist and English Civil War re-enactor Michael Molcher and featured authors SG MacLean, writer of the ‘The Seeker’ novels; Charles Singleton, series editor of ‘Century of the Soldier 1618-1721’; and Mike Arnold, creator of swashbuckling ‘The Civil War Chronicles’.

SG MacLean and Mike Arnold, plus local historical fiction author DW Bradbridge, will also be available for book signings at the Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge on the day of this year’s re-enactment (Saturday 26th January 2019).


SG MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specialising in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scottish history.

She lives in Conon Bridge, Scotland with her husband and four children. She has written several highly acclaimed historical thrillers set in Scotland.

The Seeker is a series set in Oliver Cromwell’s London.


Charles Singleton has spent over thirty years engrossed in the age of pike and shot warfare and the British civil wars.

He has taught and researched the period extensively and regularly visits the sites linked to the events of the 17th century.

Working as a museum and heritage professional, Charles is married and lives with his wife Helen and two Jack Russells on the edge of the Welsh Marches.


Michael Arnold lives in Petersfield, Hampshire, with his wife and children.

After childhood holidays spent visiting castles and battlefields, he developed a lifelong fascination with the English Civil War.


Steve Lawson, of Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge, commented: “Thank you to the three authors for coming to Nantwich to talk about their books on the anniversary of the Battle of Nantwich.

“We are really excited to return to the Methodist Church for the Holly Holy Day author interviews.”

For further information relating to books written by the authors please contact Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge via 01270 611 665 or



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