An audience with Ann Cleeves

£3 per person

Ann Cleeves, one of Britain’s most successful crime writers and author of BBC One’s Shetland and ITV’s Vera, is coming to The Word as part of National Library Week and will be discussing the final book in the Shetland series: Wild Fire.

The Jimmy Perez books have won awards and fans worldwide, both on screen and on the page, but what will become of the beloved detective?

Books will be available to purchase and to be signed by Ann on the night.

Ann will be interviewed by Jacky Collins on the night. Jacky has worked in the Division of Languages at Northumbria since 1993. In 2004 she took a year’s sabbatical to lecture in Spanish Literature and Film at Western Oregon University, USA. Between 2011 and 2014 she was based in the Department of Media and Communication Design as a member of the Film & TV team.

About Ann Cleeves

Sunday Times Top Five bestseller, Ann Cleeves, the 2017’s recipient of the Crime Writer’s Association Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing, has written 31 novels and is translated into as many languages. Before her writing career took off, Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard.

In 2015, Cleeves chaired the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, during which Vera was voted the UK’s favourite fictional detective.

Also in 2015, Thin Air, was nominated for the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and Cleeves was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award. In 2006, Cleeves’ novel, Raven Black, was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, and in 2012, she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame.

About Jacky Collins

Dr Jacky Collins (Northumbria University) is a Spanish Cultural and European Crime Fiction, Film & TV specialist.

In 2014, in conjunction with Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society(Lit&Phil), she set up Newcastle Noir, an international literary festival celebrating the best in contemporary crime writing. The festival, rooted in the North East of England, brings together writers from the North East, across Britain, as well as from further afield. This annual gathering of crime fiction authors and readers, held on the first May Bank Holiday, offers events geared to a wide audience including panel discussions, readings, talks and crime writing workshops.

Jacky has also chaired crime-writing panels at Bloody Scotland, Books on Tyne, Hull Noir, Iceland Noir and Shetland Noir. More recently she has been instrumental is setting up Noir at the Bar (Edinburgh),which held its seventh gathering in September.



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