Acclaimed writers to visit libraries

A trio of thriller writers are coming to Morpeth Library as part of the activities across the country to celebrate literature.

In Northumberland, the county council has organised a programme of events on World Book Night – it is being held this Wednesday.

The one in Morpeth has been organised in partnership with the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT). The three authors are Aly Monroe, William Ryan and Andrew Williams.

William Ryan’s highly-praised novels set in Moscow – The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department – have been published in 18 different countries and short-listed for many literary prizes.

Former BBC current affairs producer Andrew Williams used his television documentary research to publish The Battle of the Atlantic and D-Day to Berlin before penning his first novels The Interrogator and To Kill a Tsar.

Aly Monroe is the author of the widely acclaimed Peter Cotton British Intelligence series of novels set in the 1940s – The Maze of Cadiz, Washington Shadow, Icelight and Black Bear.

In addition, World Book Night ‘champion’ Frank Rescigno (GMDT’s director of arts and culture) will be giving away free copies of his book of choice, the legal thriller ‘Theodore Boone’ by international best-seller John Grisham.

The event starts at 6pm. Tickets cost £2 including refreshments and they are available from The Chantry in Bridge Street (01670 620390) .

At Ponteland Library on the same evening, crime author Mari Hannah will discuss her latest novel Monument to Murder and talk about how she became a writer. There will also be an informal book swap.

Tickets for the event, which will run from 7pm to 8.30pm, cost £2. For more information, call the library on 01661 823594.