Introducing A.M. Peacock

Crime author, A.M. peacock (or Adam) is the leader of The Word’s brand new writing group, South Shields Fiction Writers, which met for the first time in August.

South Shields Fiction Writers is aimed at individuals who are actively writing, it doesn’t matter if you’ve written a novel or are just writing for fun; the group is perfect if you want to seek support, advice and feedback from fellow writers!

The group leader, Adam, grew up in South Shields before leaving to study a degree in music and technology at the University of Hull. Following his return to his hometown, Adam spent seven years as a teacher in a local college.

Having always been an avid reader, Adam took up writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, before trying his hand at a novel: “We won’t talk about my first attempt, which is locked away in a digital cloud somewhere, never to be seen again.”

But being an avid crime fiction fan, Adam eventually set about writing a crime novel set in the North East and eventually the idea for Open Grave (Adam’s debut novel) was born: “I basically grew up in South Shields and wanted to write a novel set in and around the area,” said Adam. “Once I finished Open Grave, I hoped to get it published, but really, I had no idea whether it would end up getting picked up.”

Adam’s book thankfully got picked up by Bloodhound Books and is due to be released on Wed 26 September. To celebrate this, Adam will be coming to The Word on Sat 29 September to discuss his new book and his writing as well as answering audience questions and signing copies of his book!

South Shields Fiction Writers meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at The Word between 1-3pm.