Vera creator Ann Cleeves in South Shields

Ann Cleeves
Ann Cleeves

Crime story fans are being offered an evening with an award-winning North East novelist sas she shares her writing secrets.

Author Ann Cleeves, whose best-selling books – Shetland and Vera – have both been made into TV series’, will be at South Shields’ The Word: National Centre for the Written Word on September 8.

The event will see Ann interviewed, discuss her latest novel from the Vera series: The Seagull, and answering questions about her successful career as an author.

Since starting writing 30 years ago, Ann has gone on to publish more than 30 books, with some of her bestsellers being adapted for both radio and TV.

Seven series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide. There have also been three series of Shetland, based on her Shetland novels - and a fourth is in preparation.

Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Culture for The Word: National Centre for the Written Word said: “September is a brilliant month for crime fiction fans at The Word.

“Not only will we have Scottish crime writer Val McDermid on 1 September, but we now have the award-winning and talented author Ann Cleeves hosting an evening on the 8th.

“We hope fans from across the region will join us for what are both going to be really interesting evenings with incredible female authors.”

Prior to Ann’s talk, David Hirst from Tynemouth Fine Art Gallery will discuss Painter of the Tyne, an exhibition of paintings by Peter Burns. The paintings depict the vanished world of the Tyneside Shipyards, the character of the people who worked there, and the trades of the ship builders.

A preview of the exhibition will begin at 6.15pm before Ann takes to the stage at 7pm.

For details, go to