Events


Huddersfield, Lindley Library, 30 June

Because I am the Editor of the writing magazine Mslexia, I spend a lot of time doling out advice about writing. Which makes it rather nerve-wracking when I edge my head above the parapet with a novel of my own. Have I taken my own advice? If you’re interested in writing, or in historical crime, or the paranormal, or gender reassignment – do come along and listen to a short reading from my novel Herring Girl and (if you feel like it) join in the discussion afterwards. The library have promised refreshments.

30 June 2015

7.30 pm

Lidget Street, Huddersfield, HD3 3JP

Contact Pam Chew (email Pamela.chew@kirklees.gov.uk or call 01484 2263634)

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Doncaster, Hatfield Community Library, 30 June

This is a joint reading with John Wedgwood Clarke, who is a poet and prose writer with an unhealthy interest in dumps and middens – and a somewhat healthier one in the sea and the weird and wonderful life therein, which feature prominently in his amazing debut collection Ghost Pot. As my novel Herring Girl is set partly in the fishing port of North Shields in 1898, and also includes some of the less savoury aspects of life at that time, you can expect a pretty fishy couple of readings. But I’m also happy to talk about writing, getting published, gender reassignment and reincarnation…

30 June 2015

2pm

Hatfield Community Library, High Street, Hatfield DN7 6RY

Contact Jill Brooksbank (email Jill.brooksbank@doncaster.gov.uk or call 01302 881787)

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Stokesley Library, 29 June

You’re a long way from the sea in Stokesley, but according to the Daily Mail, Herring Girl is ‘steeped in so much local flavour you can almost taste the kippers’. So if that appeals, do come along to my reading and talk at the City Library. And if fish and history don’t float your boat, we can talk about reincarnation and karma instead – or I can don my editorial hat and talk about writing and getting published…

29 June 2015

7.30pm

Town Close, Stokesley, TS9 5DH

Contact Penny Walker (email penny.walker@northyorks.gov.uk, or call 01609 532604) or Jenny Brookes (email Jenny.brookes@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 534519)

June 19th, 2015|Events|

Hull Central Library, 25 June

The last time I was in Hull was for a Mslexia Roadshow event back in 2007. I was leading a ‘getting published workshop’ for novelists, which means I was helping people write their first paragraphs, their synopses or their covering letters. This time I’m simply reading from my novel Herring Girl and explaining something about why I ended up writing a paranormal historical crime novel set in my own house in North Shields. I will be reading out my first paragraph (and a bit more from the novel), so you can judge for yourself whether I’ve got it right… I’ll bring along my synopsis and pitch letter too if you’re interested. Or we can simply talk about reincarnation and gender reassignment surgery… Hope to see you there.

25 June 2015

7pm

Albion Street, Hull, HU1 3TF

Contact Winifred Brewer (email winifred.brewer@hullcc.gov.uk or call 01482 616804)

June 19th, 2015|Events|

Wakefield Library and Museum, 24 June

I read with Robert Williams in South Shields last month and it turns out we go about writing a novel completely differently. He just sets off one day with the vaguest of ideas about where he’s heading, whereas I need the equivalent of sat nav, guidebook and walking boots. His book is about forests, set in the present day, and no-one has any sex-change surgery; mine is about the sea, partly set in the past, and sex-change surgery is an important theme. There will be hot caffeinated beverages before the reading and a book signing afterwards for those who have bought books at the event or beforehand. Do come. It should be fun.

Wednesday 24 June 2015

7.15pm

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DD

Contact Alison Cassels (email acassels@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01924 305906)

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Bridlington Library, 23 June

Because I am the Editor of the writing magazine Mslexia, I spend a lot of time doling out advice about writing. Which makes it rather nerve-wracking when I edge my head above the parapet with a novel of my own. Have I taken my own advice? If you’re interested in writing, or in historical crime, or the paranormal, or gender reassignment – do come along and listen to a short reading from my novel Herring Girl and (if you feel like it) join in the discussion afterwards. The library have promised refreshments.

Tuesday 23 June 2015

7.00pm

Contact Tracey Booth (email tracey.booth@eastriding.gov.uk  or call 01482 392734)

June 19th, 2015|Events|

Blyth Library, 22 June

This is another solo event on my Read Regional tour. I’ve done five of these now, and each one has been different depending on the audience – some want me to talk about why I chose to write about sex-change surgery, some about paranormal experiences, some about my research into the history of North Shields, or the technical challenges of writing the novel. And some people just want to talk about the difficulties of getting published. So I can’t say exactly what will happen at this event. But what I can promise is some refreshments, a short reading from Herring Girl, a talk about how I came to write the book, and a books signing – plus a discussion about, well, whatever you decide…

Monday 22 June 2015

Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DJ

7.30pm

Contact Michelle Watson (email MWatson@activenorthumberland.org.uk) or Pat Hallam (email pat.hallam@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 622405)

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Radio Humberside, 22 June

If you’re within listening distance of BBC Radio Humberside on Monday around 12.30, and you’d like to hear me coping with one of those strange disembodied ‘down-the-line’ interviews, where I’m surrounded by papers in the room I share with Anna and Francoise at Mslexia, and Phil White is in headphones at the studio many miles away – tune in between 1 and 4. He has threatened to talk to me about the paranormal…

June 19th, 2015|Events|

Bradford City Library, 23 May

You’re a long long way from the sea in Bradford, but according to the Daily Mail, Herring Girl is ‘steeped in so much local flavour you can almost taste the kippers’. So if that appeals, do come along to my reading and talk at the City Library. And if fish and history don’t float your boat, we can talk about reincarnation and karma instead – or I can don my editorial hat and talk about writing and getting published…

Saturday 23 May 2015

Centenary Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1SD

2pm (this is a free event)

Contact Dionne Hood (email Dionne.Hood@bradford.gov.uk or call 01535 618211)

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Newcastle City Library, 21 May

A solo talk about Herring Girl plus a short reading at the heart of the city that welcomed me so warmly as a brand new mother over 20 years ago. My daughter was raised here, my partner is Professor of Creative Writing at the University, and Mslexia, the magazine for women writers that I founded back in 1999, is based here. If you want to talk about reincarnation, local history and fish – or about creativity, writing and researching fiction – do come along.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX

6.30pm – 7.45pm (this is a free event)

Contact Sharon Traill (email Sharon.Traill@newcastle.gov.uk or call 0191 277 4149)

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South Shields Central Library, 20 May

Last summer the amazing multi-media Following the Herring tour docked at the Customs House in South Shields, with a play about herring girls, a choir of local women, a life-sized knitted herring drifter, a herring-inspired exhibition – and literally hundreds of knitted herring… When the tour ended in August, over 1,000 herring had been knitted by women at the various ports on the tour’s route. Fellow fishophile and author Peter Mortimer and I are trying to bring the 1,000 herring back to South Shields later this year for a joint fishy event – so watch this space. Meanwhile, I’ll be dropping in to the Central Library to talk about Herring Girl and its links with the local area – along with novelist Robert Williams, whose new novel Into The Trees is about the lure and the dangers of rural wilderness. Though our books are very different, we are both drawn to the mythic power of the sea and the forest.

Prince George Square, South Shields, NE33 2PE

6.30pm – 8pm (this is a free event)

Contact Pauline Martin (email Pauline.Martin@southtyneside.gov.uk or call 0191 4282318)

 

April 27th, 2015|Events|

North Shields Library, 19 May

I’m so glad to be talking about Herring Girl in my home town, in the very library where I did most of the historical research for the novel. The Local History section has had a facelift since I pored over maps and microfiches there five years ago, but if you’re interested I’ll show you how I started my investigations… I’ll be reading with Stephanie Butland, whose novel Letters to my Husband also has a watery theme – it’s about a woman mourning the death of her husband in a drowning accident, who discovers he might not be the selfless hero she assumed.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Northumberland Square, North Shields, NE30 1QU

7pm – 8.30pm (this is a free event)

Contact Ruth Walton (email Ruth.Walton@northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0191 643 5287)

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