Here’s a lovely video review (vlog) of The Art Fiasco by Trip Fiction. I’ll be doing a couple of guest posts on their website next week about how I researched locations in Newcastle for the book, giving readers and insight into my process. I’ll post the link next week. For now, enjoy this delightful little review – with your sound turned up!
This week I’m a special guest on Keith Newman’s Northern Culture Show on Radio Northumberland. You can catch me and Keith talking about my Poppy Denby books and doing a brief tour of locations of the latest book set in Newcastle and Northumberland. The show will be aired 1pm tomorrow, 2pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Tune in via their website, the TuneIn app or ask Alexa to find it for you. www.radionorthumberland.com
Readers of my Poppy Denby books may have noticed that in each of my books there are always some characters with disabilities. There are of course the regular characters who appear throughout the series: the fabulous Aunt Dot who is in a wheelchair and the tough-as-nails editor Rollo Rolandson with dwarfism. However, in each book there are also additional characters with some form of disability.
I have been speaking to disability awareness charity Through The Roof about the reasons I include disabled characters and why I think more novelists don’t do so.
Last night I had the privilege of having a consultation with the incomparable Dr Noir (the founder of Newcastle Noir) talking about my Poppy Denby books, and in particular, The Art Fiasco, set at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. The conversation ranged from my great grandfather’s murder, the importance of women’s voices in my books, to where to find loos on 1920s cruise ships. And all over a lovely glass of champers! Here’s a direct link to the video with Dr Noir ..
Poppy Denby, the 1920’s most flapulous reporter sleuth, has a new adventure coming out in October. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the cover! The Art Fiasco is available to pre-order now. If you haven’t read the first four books in the series (available in paperback, ebook and audiobook) then there’s still time to catch up. Click here to put in our order.
I’m delighted to announce the publication of ‘Noir from the Bar’, an anthology of crime & mystery stories compiled by Virtual Noir From the Bar (the online offshoot of Newcastle’s Noir at the Bar) to raise funds for the NHS charity appeal. One of my stories is in there, but there are 29 more to get your teeth into too. Only £2.99 on ebook, £10 hard copy. Go on, buy a couple and give them away as presents. It’s for a good cause.