I created this #1 of 1 NFT image, Inscribed in an ancient hand, using AI generative art tool, Conjure.art. I used a line from my thriller novel, Stone of Fire, about the Bodleian Library, Oxford, combined with one of my images of the Radcliffe Camera, where I used to study.
I fell in love with Oxford when I read Thomas Hardy's Jude The Obscure as a teenager. I knew I wanted to study there, and eventually, I read Theology at Mansfield College, Oxford (1994-1997).
When I wrote my first novel, Stone of Fire, I wanted to weave my love of Oxford into the book. My main character (and alter ego), Morgan Sierra, is ex-Israeli military, but as the story begins, she is working in Oxford as a specialist in the psychology of religion.
Morgan's (fictional) office is just around the corner from the Bodleian Library, and I spent many weeks studying inside the Radcliffe Camera, which is part of the Bodleian. It also features as a virtual reality library for the agents of ARKANE, the secret agency I set my thrillers around.
This NFT was made with AI generative art tool Conjure.art. I used a line from Stone of Fire about the Bodleian Library as a prompt.
“The names of each School were written above the wooden portals, inscribed in an ancient hand, gold-leafed and stamped into thick oak, banded with copper.”
I combined the verbal prompt with one of my photos of the Radcliffe Camera below and remixed it with various filters before curating the final image.
You can listen to a solo episode on my Books and Travel Podcast about Oxford: Decadence, Discipline, and Dreaming Spires, with a transcript and more images.