Hooray! On the evening of Thursday 26th April 2012, The Murder Wall was officially launched in the beautiful Queens Hall Library at Hexham Book Festival. The event was a sell-out and was sponsored by New Writing North whose Chief Executive, Claire Malcolm, chaired the evening.
Readings were given by local actress, Phillippa Wilson. It was the first time I'd heard my work read out in public and I was knocked out by the way she carried it off.
There were many questions from the floor afterwards as well as a long signing queue of family, friends, fellow writers and local people just enjoying the festival atmosphere.
I'd like to thank everyone involved, especially Festival Director, Susie Troupe, New Writing North's Marketing and Communications Manager, Olivia Chapman, and her sound technician. A big round of applause also for official photographer, Simon Veit-Wilson, who has kindly given permission to use his photographs here.
I'd also like to thank festival 'background' staff I never got to meet, also Helen and Stan from Forum Books, Corbridge for supplying the books and staffing the bookstall.
Last, but not least, a big thank you to my dream team: Pan Macmillan editor, Wayne Brookes, and agent, Oli Munson. Their trip to Northumberland made my night so very special.