Holding the Stones: Crushing on former Norfolk Iceni Queen
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When writer Thea Smiley decided to enter in the Words and Women About project, she was required to write a play about a female in Norfolk. And so she picked a blend between Boudicca and a woman walking along a Suffolk road who becomes jealous of her the more and more her husband becomes obsessed with her history. Boudicca was the queen of the British Iceni tribe who lived in what is now Norfolk sometime around AD 60. Her tribe led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman empire. So, it’s hard not to fall in love with her. Thea’s male protagonist certainly does in her monologue, Holding the Stones.

THEA SMILEY: He realizes that he's taught the romans for years, and actually Boudica is a very strong woman. She becomes his obsession, and so begins the love triangle. Boudica was a warrior queen, and in 60 or 61AD she revolted. She rose up against the Romans because her husband, the King of the Iceni, died. When he died, he left half his kingdom to Boudica and her two daughters. The Romans decided they wanted the whole lot, and she wasn't having it. So she rose up against the Romans and the first thing she did was go to Colchester and ransacked Colchester and the temple of Claudius, the Roman Emperor Claudius. I chose Bautica as my strong East Anglian woman because I wanted to find out more about her. What a woman!

Thea Smiley’s writing is now available in the Words and Women 2 anthology, which can be purchased through Unthank Books. More details can be found here: http://wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk/p/anthologies.html

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