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Pauline Rowson talking about crime writing to WI members

Pauline Rowson entertaining the ladies at Stoke WI with how she writes her crime novels - February 2015I enjoyed meeting members of the Stoke and North Hayling WI on Monday 9 February 2015  and entertaining them with tales of my criminality - fiction that is. Events like these sadly stopped in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the banning of all social gatherings. I know many people are missing them and I am missing entertaining the lovely audiences. So here I am looking back over the talks I have been delighted to give to many audiences over the years.

Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels- Stoke WI
I explained how I research plot and write my crime novels and took a lively Q & A which was followed by a book signing.  It was great to give a talk to an audience so close to where I live for a change.  And lovely to begin the meeting singing Jerusalem and ending it singing the National Anthem.

Pauline Rowson showing her plot lines and character sketches to Stoke WI - Feb 2015Since this talk took place in addition to fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton series, there are four in the Marvik mystery thriller series - Marvik is an undercover investigator for the UK's Police Marine Intelligence Squad - and there are two in my 1950s set mystery series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ryga who is sent out to investigate baffling crimes in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (the Isle of Portland, Dorset) and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR ( Newhaven, East Sussex) with number three in the series DEATH IN THE NETS ( Brixham, Devon) to be published in October 2021.

A brief glimpse of the history of the WI movement

It all began on 16 September 2015 in Anglesey when a group of farmers wives got together to help educate rural men and women and to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation. Education and the sharing of skills have always been at the heart of the organisation, and this remains true today. Now the WI is the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK with over 212,000 members in 6,600 WIs.  Their ethos is about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members. Their research and campaigns cover  many things, "From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee". Delighted that the WI is still thriving and long may it  continue to do so.

There are no talks for me booked this year, 2021, at the present although I have been asked if I might be available to speak later in 2021 and I would be delighted to. Can't wait in fact.  I am sincerely hoping that we can soon resume these events. 

If you would like me to speak to your organisation, company or library please feel free to contact me.

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FEBRUARY 9TH, 2021 @ 6:09:53 GMT

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