Portland Pirates!

Writing about pirates for Book 3… Looking at the history of piracy, it fascinates me to find just how much the pirate legend owes to fiction. Even some 18th century pirates took up the profession after reading a romanticised account of the pirate lifestyle! (Rather like Heat magazine today.)Blackbeard played to his own legend, lighting tapers in his beard. Writing about pirates is referencing a whole literary genre, from the mysterious Captain Charles Johnson who wrote about Pyrates in 1724 to Treasure Island onwards. Even the movie of Peter Pan has influenced how we perceive pirates, with the invention of ‘walking the plank’. Not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean! It’s a challenge to come up with something different enough to be worth reading! Though of course these will be Portland Pirates which sets them apart anyway…