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The North-East Comes To Exeter

The North-East Comes To Exeter

As we draw to a close this weekend of great sessions with a wonderful range of authors from around the UK and elsewhere, we are finishing on a high with three acclaimed authors and friends from Tyneside. This session, sponsored by Trowers and Hamlin, is going to be very special. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes, so make sure you get yours now, before it’s too late.


How? Who? When? What if? But…? No question will remain unanswered in this lively and insightful discussion about all things relating to crime fiction from a stellar panel of writers who are right at the top of their game. From Ann Cleeves’ inimitable character-driven masterpieces (Vera, Shetland), through Mick Herron’s matchless Slough House series, (Slow Horses: ‘One of “the twenty greatest spy novels of all time.” – Daily Telegraph), to Martyn Waites’ internationally best-selling thrillers… their talent and expertise is extraordinary.



Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels and is translated into as many languages. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. Sunday Times number 1 bestseller, The Long Call, was the first in Ann’s Two Rivers series set in Devon, and is now in production for an ITV drama.


Ann moved to North Devon when she was 11 years old. Before then the family lived in a tiny village, and as the headmaster’s daughter she always felt like the outsider at school. But in Barnstaple, Ann found a real home. She made life-long friends and fell in love with the beautiful North Devon coast, which still has a very special place in her heart. She worked as a probation officer, librarian, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she embarked on her career as an author. Ann’s been awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the 2017 CWA Diamond Dagger, and is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. A passionate champion for libraries, she was Nation Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Her new ‘Reading Coaches’ project, providing support for health and wellbeing in communities, launched in the North East this summer.


Mick Herron’s six Slough House novels have been shortlisted for eight CWA Daggers, winning twice, and shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year four times. The first, Slow Horses, was picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph, while the most recent, Joe Country, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Gary Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, alongside a stellar cast including Kristin Scott Thomas and Jonathan Pryce, in the forthcoming tv series. Mick Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.


Martyn Waites was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. An early career as an actor led to his writing two ‘awful’ plays. Prose came later, and his many novels have since won much acclaim. Writing as Tania Carver he penned eight internationally best-selling thrillers. The first, The Surrogate, was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Award for Crime Novel of the Year. He was then commissioned to write the sequel to Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, the result being Angel of Death. Writing under his own name again, he has since published two novels, The Old Religion and The Sinner. He is especially proud of his Dr Who audio adventure, Feast of Fear. Martin has twice been the RLF Writing Fellow at Essex University, held two writing residences in prisons, and in 2020 was writer in residence for Quay Words. He now lives in Exeter.