A guest blog I wrote for the brilliant Alderney Literary Trust on why we need to look at modern volcanic eruptions if we want to understand what happened in August AD79 when Vesuvius erupted:
The photograph taken by the news agency AFP/Getty makes it come alive. In the aftermath of the explosion of the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island, Indonesia, a group of five ladies is hurrying along the road. Behind them, the mountain can barely been seen, but its presence looms from the muddy blackness of the sky. All five ladies have thick clothing on and cushions on their heads.
Full story here.