Max Adams

Max Adams

You can find out more on Max's website: There you'll find pages on books, travel, trees and woods. You can also download Max's regular monthly newsletter to keep up to date with book projects, signings, talks and other events. Watch Max's interview with Kona Macphee of the Royal Literary Fund, in which he talks about his writer's talisman: a camera. Max Adams is an archaeologist, historian and traveller, the author of twelve books and numerous articles and journal papers. Born in 1961 in London, he was educated at the University of York, where he read archaeology. After a professional career which included the notorious excavations at Christchurch Spitalfields, and several years as Director of Archaeological Services at Durham University, Max went to live in a 40-acre woodland in County Durham for three years. He wrote and presented two feature documentaries for Tyne-Tees Television and made thirty short films as the 'Landscape Detective'. In 2003 he won a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to research the life of Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, which led to his first biographical project. He was awarded an Elizabeth Longford Award in 2005 to support research into the life and times of the painter John Martin; and in 2014 he was given a Roger Deakin Award to support the research for In the Land of Giants. Since 2004 he has mixed writing with travelling and teaching. He was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2013. Watch Max's interview with Kona Macphee of the Royal Literary Fund, in which he talks about his writer's talisman: a camera. Max is Co-Director of Research of the Bernician Studies Group, a lifelong learning charity, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Classics, History and Archaeology at Newcastle University. He holds a PGCE from the University of Sunderland. His research interests include Northumbria's ancient woodlands and the Early Medieval landscapes of the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. The Ambulist (May 2016) is his debut novel, published in hardback by Beat&Track. Max has a son, Jack, and a daughter, Flora. He lives on the north-west edge of County Durham, where he manages two young woodlands. Max is also a musician, playing drums, harmonicas, Appalachian dulcimer and low-key whistle. Alfred's Britain: War and peace in the Viking Age, his most recent Early Medieval work, was published in hardback by Head of Zeus in November 2017. Unquiet women: from the dusk of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Enlightenment, was published in November 2018. Two more books about trees followed, and now the publication of Max's latest Early Medieval narrative, the First Kingdom, is now published in Hardback. His next work, a history of the Ages of Wood, will be published in 2022.
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