2024 events

An Evening with Ann Cleeves

WHEN: FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2024, 7.00PM to 8.30PM

WHERE: ULLET ROAD UNITARIAN CHURCH, ULLET ROAD, LIVERPOOL L17 2AA

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The Smithdown Litfest is delighted to welcome bestselling author Ann Cleeves back to Liverpool and the Smithdown Litfest. Join Ann for this special evening of conversation about her writing with Catherine Cole.

Ann Cleeves is the author of 37 critically acclaimed novels, an international bestseller translated into over 20 languages worldwide. In 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing,the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez and Matthew Venn, who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera, BBC One’s Shetland and ITV’s The Long Call respectively. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann also spends her time advocating for reading to improve health and wellbeing and supporting access to books. In 2021 her Reading for Wellbeing project launched with local authorities across the North East, and in 2022 she was awarded an OBE for her services to reading and libraries. The Dark Wives, is her 11th Vera novel. She lives in Northumberland where the Vera books are set.

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The Dark Wives: Vera Stanhope returns in the eleventh formidable novel in Ann Cleeves’ acclaimed series.

The man’s body is found in the early morning light by a local dog walker on the common outside Rosebank, a care home for troubled teens. The victim is Josh, a staff member, who was due to work the previous night but never showed up. DCI Vera Stanhope is called out to investigate the death. Her only clue is the disappearance of one of the home’s residents, fourteen-year-old Chloe Spence. Vera can’t bring herself to believe that a teenager is responsible for the murder, but even she can’t dismiss the possibility.

Vera, Joe and new team member Rosie Bell are soon embroiled in the case, and when a second connected body is found near the Three Dark Wives standing stones in the wilds of the Northumbrian countryside,superstition and folklore begin to collide with fact. Vera knows she has to find Chloe to get to the truth, but it seems that the dark secrets in their community may be far more dangerous than she could ever have believed possible.

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Ann Cleeves photograph © Marie Fitzgerald