Read Regional – South Shields

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Had a really good night at my first Read Regional event at South Shields central library. It was fantastic hearing Susan Elliot Wright reading from her novel The Things We Never Said and hearing about her writing life – including a very funny story about the moment she found out she’d got a publishing deal.

It was a very miserable night outside but lots of readers braved the elements to come to the event and it reminded me once again that readers and librarians are all lovely people with great questions. And also that it’s a small world. One reader came up after our talk to tell me he’d stayed in a holiday park in my hometown of Redcar several times many moons ago, and another couple mentioned they’d stayed in Loftus (which is briefly mentioned in Stolen) and had taken part in the Poultry Run – an annual event that as an (almost) local I’m sorry to say I knew nothing about.

Thanks to everyone who came and to Pauline Martin who organised the event.

Next stop Bradford!

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