Peter Elliott – The ‘art’ of self-publishing: a view by a Trinity lawyer, an escapist into history
8 September @ 19:00 - 20:30 CESTFree
Peter will tell a story of a Cambridge Law tripos student, who should have read history, but devoted a career to law, and then in retirement switched back to his first love, history.
From his rustic base in the Languedoc, far from sophisticated libraries, Peter carries out most of his research remotely. He will cover:
- use of archives, libraries, databases;
- building a network relating to the subject and topic; –
- combining text and image to tell a story;
- he art of self -publishing, and in particular use of the KDP Amazon self-platform.
After leaving school in South Africa, and gaining a first degree at Cape Town University, Peter Elliott won a national scholarship to Cambridge in 1971, where he read law at Trinity (1971-1974). After graduating he qualified as a solicitor and pursued a legal career in England, in private practice and in industry. After retiring at the end 2011, he and his wife Maddy moved to the Languedoc, France, where they live surrounded by vines, in a landscape not unlike parts of the Western Cape.
Peter’s lifelong interest in history drew him to biography. He has researched and published five titles, all with some focus on his country of origin, South Africa. Two are distinctly art biographies, but also tell a social and political history.