Read Regional: Wideopen, North Tyneside

I was North East bound again this week for my Read Regional author talk at Wideopen, Library in North Tyneside. Train to Newcastle (on which I started reading ‘The Bricks that Built the Houses’ by Kate Tempest, which I need to finish in time for Book Group the following evening) and then a short bus […]

Read Regional: King Cross, Halifax

My second date on my Read Regional tour was close to home at King Cross Library in Halifax. It’s a lovely library and I received a very warm welcome from the librarians and other staff. Halifax was a centre of the cloth trade from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and the town is steeped […]

Read Regional: Sunderland

The tour begins! Last Thursday I had my first Read Regional event, at Sunderland City Library. I haven’t been to the city since I was a student – and my memories of a night out there are a bit hazy. I knew about Sunderland’s ship building history though (my Grandad worked at Smith’s Dock in […]

Read Regional 2018

I am delighted that The Companion has been selected as one of the 12 books for this years New Writing North Read Regional campaign. From March to June each year, Read Regional celebrates selected new books – fiction, poetry, children’s books and non-fiction – from the North of England. At libraries and literary festivals across […]

The Northern Writers’ Awards

On 16th November I am taking part in the Northern Writer’s Awards 2018 Yorkshire Roadshow. I was so chuffed to be asked along as winning one of the Awards in 2014 had a huge impact on my writing career. On Thursday 30th January 2014 I was sitting at my computer. Working. But I had the […]

The Companion paperback

I was very excited to receive this on Friday – the paperback of The Companion. I absolutely love the cover – the focus is still on the two boys but with a more eye-catching colour palette. And a fantastic cover quote for the wonderfully talented C. L. Taylor. I mocked up a book shop table […]

Publication day

It’s publication day for The Companion! I am now officially a published author and Billy and Anna’s story is out in the world. I will be celebrating later with rhubarb gin and prosecco cocktails. Yesterday I had a lovely trip to London. I signed 50 copies of The Companion at Goldsboro Books, who specialise in […]