Kate Ellis at Liverpool Noir @ Waterstones, Liverpool One
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm

Kate Ellis is appearing, with Barry Forshaw chairing

Blood on the Bannocks Murder Mystery party @ Cullercoats Crescent Club
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Blood on the Bannocks Murder Mystery party at Cullercoats Crescent Club (call 0191 280 2625 for further information)
Tickets £8 each, includes a light buffet supper – all proceeds to North Shields Fishermen’s Mission
Tickets can be bought from three locations:

  • The Waterfront, Fish & Chip takeaway, Union Quay North Shields,
  • Old Low Light Heritage Centre, Clifford’s Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields
  • Or North Shields Fishermen’s Mission, Fish Quay, North Shields (tel: 0191 257 1316)


Cath Staincliffe hosts an evening with Jane Corry @ Waterstones Arndale Centre
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm

Cath Staincliffe hosts an evening with Jane Corry, author of Blood Sisters.

Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival @ Old Swan Hotel
Jul 20 – Jul 23 all-day

Martin Edwards will take part in a panel discussing crime writing lawyers; Ann Cleeves is on a panel about VERA with Brenda Blethyn, Kenny Doughty and interviewed by Steph McGovern.

Ann Cleeves talks about The Seagull @ Newton Community Hall
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm

Ann Cleeves talking about The Seagull at Newton Community Hall, Newton, Northumberland, NE43 7UL
Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink) from Forum Books, Corbridge (telephone 01434 632931)

Ann Cleeves talking about The Seagull (new Vera Stanhope) @ Waterstones, Newcastle
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm

An evening with bestselling local author Ann Cleeves, author of ITV’s Vera starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann will be discussing her brand new Vera novel, The Seagull, and there will be a chance to get your book signed.

Bloody Scotland: Sophie Hannah and Cath Staincliffe @ Golden Lion, Stirling
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Women crime writers, from Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, have always been a bloodthirsty bunch. They’ve also produced some of the very best work in the genre. A new compilation, Deadlier, contains 100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by award-winning author Sophie Hannah. Sophie will be in conversation with best-selling novelist Cath Staincliffe, the creator of ITV’s hit series, Blue Murder. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey novels based on the popular UK TV show.

Sponsored by University of Stirling.

Ann Cleeves talks about The Seagull @ The Word, South Shields
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm

Ann Cleeves will be talking about The Seagull at the Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
Prior to Ann’s talk, David Hirst from Tynemouth Fine Art Gallery will discuss Painter of the Tyne, an exhibition of paintings by Peter Burns – a preview of the exhibition will begin at 6.15pm before Ann takes to the stage at 7pm

Bloody Scotland: Ann Cleeves and Douglas Henshall @ Bloody Scotland
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Take a trip to Shetland in the company of DI Jimmy Perez and the people responsible for bringing him to life – bestselling author Ann Cleeves and actor Douglas Henshall.

Ann has written seven books in her much-loved Shetland series, the latest being Cold Earth. Douglas has won praise (and a BAFTA) for his portrayal of Jimmy in the BBC production, now in its fourth season. Ann has threatened to kill off Perez in her next, and last novel in the series but this is your chance – and Douglas’s – to say no!

Sponsored by the Thin Blue Spine Crime Writing Blog and The Shetland Distillery Company.

A Literary Lunch with Ann Cleeves @ Spago, Lytham
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm

A Literary Lunch with Ann Cleeves and Plackitt & Booth Booksellers at Gusto Lytham
Tickets £30 from the bookshop include 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Seagull.