Best-selling author to give talk in Ponteland

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A top North East author is to give a talk to a Northumberland writing group.

Sheila Quigley, who has produced the Holy Island trilogy featuring Detective Inspector Mike Yorke, is guest of honour at Ponteland Writers on Wednesday, June 8.

The 68-year-old published her first book – Run For Home – in 2004. It started a series of novels set in the fictitious Seahills Estate in County Durham.

The group, which was formed at the Post Box cafe in Main Street for writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, is throwing open the invitation to non-members.

But numbers will be limited to 25.

Almond Kellacher, who has been a member of the group since it started in September 2015, said: “We are delighted to welcome a novelist of Sheila’s calibre to the group.

“We’re sure her insight and experience is something that will be invaluable, not just to Ponteland Writers but also fans of the crime genre.”

In 2010, Sheila published Thorn In My Side, the first of the acclaimed Holy Island trilogy featuring DI Mike Yorke and his sidekick Smiler.

Alex Kinsey, co-owner of the Post Box, said: “This is a great coup for us to have an author of Sheila Quigley’s standing come along to the home of Ponteland Writers.

“We hope the evening will appeal not just to writers, but also to fans of Sheila’s as well as those who enjoy top-quality crime fiction.”

Anyone wishing to attend the event, which runs from 7pm to 9pm, should email info@postboxponteland.co.uk