Vera creator Ann Cleeves amongst line up for Hartlepool book festival

Brenda Blethryn as Vera, by Ann Cleeves.
Brenda Blethryn as Vera, by Ann Cleeves.

Three leading authors, including the creator of hit TV detective show Vera, are coming to Hartlepool for a book festival starting tomorrow.

The event, called the Big North Book Run starts when North Tyneside author Ann Cleeves and Northern Writers’ Award winner Mari Hannah will both be coming along to Central Library, in York Road.

Ann is the author behind ITV’s hit show Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. She has written more than 25 novels and is the creator of much-loved detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez. Her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Former murder detective Mari Hannah is the creator of the popular and acclaimed Kate Daniels series, which has been looked at for TV by Sprout Pictures, owned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry.

The event, which is sponsored by publisher Pan MacMillan, will start tomorrow at 7pm, when the two North East authors will be reading from their latest work and talking about the trials and tribulations of crime-writing. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Tickets cost £5. To book, contact Central Library on 01429 272905.

Also on Saturday, author of number one best-seller Dancing in the Moonlight, Rita Bradshaw, will be welcomed at Seaton Carew Library, in Station Lane, from 10am to 11am.

The Northamptonshire author will be there for an hour of reading and a chat.

Tickets for this event cost £3. To book, contact Seaton Carew Library on 01429 269808.

Denise Sparrowhawk, Hartlepool Libraries’ reader development librarian, said: “We are delighted to be working with Pan MacMillan on such an exciting event, bringing such excellent authors to libraries in Hartlepool.”

Hartlepool’s book lovers can also pick up a free copy of Ann Cleeves’ novel The Moth Catcher from the Central Library.

All they have to do is send in a review of the book in return by the beginning of May to be entered in a prize draw for a chance to win a £10 shopping voucher.