Durham Book Festival

durham book festival

Another night, another event. But what a lovely event it was. It was very exciting to be asked to take part in the Durham Book Festival and everyone at Clayport library in Durham were fantastic (and also have great hair!) It’s always nice to hear Helen Cadbury read and last night was no exception, and the audience were enthusiastic and asked good questions. But the biggest treat of the night was being interviewed by the wonderful Caroline Beck who was sooo well prepared and had some very interesting and challenging questions to grill us with.

Thanks to everyone who came and to New Writing North (especially Rebecca Wilkie) for inviting us to take part.


Whitley Bay

whitley bay

A fantastic night in Whitley Bay on Tuesday night. I’d been so excited when I was told a few months back that Stolen had been chosen as North Tyneside council’s Summer Read this year. Knowing that last year the book was The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah, I knew I was in good company. But it was a little nerve-wracking thinking about the event that would come at the end of the campaign when I’d have to come face to face with the readers and all their opinions of the book! But I needn’t have worried – everyone was so lovely and positive about it and came armed with plenty of questions. And it was great speaking to people afterwards, especially the lady who told me that Stolen was the first book her husband, who has dementia, had been able to read in a long time due to the short chapters. It’s not something I’d ever thought about before but it was so nice to hear.

So thanks to everyone who came along and to North Tyneside council and libraries, especially Steve and Sarah, and New Writing North for letting me take part in such a great event.

And tonight it’s off to Clayport library in Durham as part of the Durham Book Festival. Let’s hope it’s as much fun as Whitley Bay!

The End of Summer Reads


No, this isn’t a picture of my living room – my books aren’t as tidy as that. But I’m going to be surrounded by books this week as I venture out to libraries and bookshops around the North East.

First up is an event at the new library at Whitley Bay where I’ll be reading and talking about Stolen thanks to the lovely folk at North Tyneside council who chose the book as their Summer Read this year. I’m very excited to meet some people who’ve read the book and see what they think.

Then on Thursday it’s off to Clayport library in Durham as part of the Durham Book Festival. It’s very exciting to be asked to take part as anyone who’s ever been to the festival knows that it attracts fantastic writers and the events are excellent. So thanks to New Writing North for inviting me to take part. And it’s always nice to work alongside fellow Moth writer Helen Cadbury.

Finally, Saturday takes me to Helmsley to take part in the On Our Turf festival, again with Helen Cadbury. We’ll be at the Cut Price Bookstore from 2.30pm reading from our debut novels (as well as sneak peaks at the next books) and we’ll be signing copies too.

See my events page for all the details.

The Crime Bus.


Before I get on with another round of rewrites for the second book, a quick update on the very nice weekend I’ve had. Despite it raining constantly on Friday and having returned from seeing The Be Good Tanyas at The Sage in Gateshead to discover my part of town was flooded, it was a very nice couple of days indeed. The Tanyas were fantastic (if you haven’t heard them before I urge you to seek them out) and I was also very surprised and warmed to my cockles to receive a fan letter. An actual letter that someone had taken the time to sit down and write and put in the post. Very exciting!

Then on Saturday it was off to Easingwold to take part in On Our Turf. There was all sorts going on and will be more at various locations throughout the rest of September. Check out the website here for more info. Our event was on a bus (pictured above) which was strange but fun – an intimate reading on the back of the bus alongside Helen Cadbury and a very lovely audience. As well as reading from Stolen and To Catch a Rabbit, we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) read from our still-in-progress second novels. Fortunately both seemed to go down well. Thanks to Alex for letting us bring a little crime to his bus.