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Whirlwind book tour of North East England for crime author

Pauline Rowson talking at Throston Grange Library April 2013Back in the heady days of 2013, long before the Coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020 and all social gatherings like these were banned, I was delighted to undertake a mini whirlwind book tour of the North East of England.

I was given such a warm welcome and it was a very enjoyable and rewarding book tour. Authors spend so much time working alone with only their characters for company that it is always good to get out and meet readers and that is just what I did in Hartlepool ,Whitley Bay and Gateshead when I took part in the first ever CSI Gateshead, modelled on the event I instigated helped to organise in Portsmouth for a number of years, CSI Portsmouth.

First though Hartlepool

Pauline Rowson reading from DI Horton Crime Novel at Throston Grange Library, Hartlepool Here I met up with some stalwart fans of DI Andy Horton at Throston Grange Library in Hartlepool on Thursday 25 April and introduced the flawed and rugged DI to new readers. This was my third visit to libraries in Hartlepool in the last four years and once again I enjoyed it tremendously. Many thanks to Denise Sparrowhawk who is an ace organiser and marketeer and to all the fantastic library staff for making this enjoyable not only for me but for everyone who attended these events.

Next stop Gateshead

Nearly a hundred and twenty people attended CSI Gateshead at Gateshead Library on Thursday 25 April 2013. The CSI Gateshead event, like the Portsmouth, Southampton Winchester and Basingstoke events I have participated in, was a huge success.

Pauline Rowson answering a question at CSI GatesheadThe Gateshead event took place over two hours on an evening with a panel of crime fiction authors and crime experts debating crime fiction versus crime fact.

On the panel with me were crime authors Matt Hilton, (who also appeared at CSI Portsmouth 2012) and Mari Hannah .

The Panel at CSI Gateshead April 2013

The crime experts were Mo Dowdy, former Detective Inspector with the Serious Incident Squad, Northumbria Police and Ian Gillard, former Crime Scene Officer with Northumbria Police. The moderator was Susan Horton (no relation to DI Andy Horton - Pauline's fictional detective) from Gateshead Library service.

Book Signing at CSI GatesheadThe event was superbly organised by Helen Eddon of Gateshead Library.

And here we are signing copies of our crime novels and  talking to readers.

Next stop Whitley Bay

Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels Whitley Bay Libraryger Then on Friday 26 April 2013 I met up with readers in the newly opened Whitley Bay Library. In fact it was so new that the sign was only just being erected as I arrived. It's a fantastic library in the heart of the small town and I was privileged to be asked to speak there. Once again I met some true DI Horton fans and hopefully DI Horton will charm his way into the hearts of those who are new to him.

Pauline Rowson book signing at Whitley Bay LibraryMy thanks to the staff of North Tyneside Libraries for asking me to speak and for all the superb organisation.

I give talks to a wide range of groups of people, which includes, U3As, Women's Institutes, Charities, Probus Clubs, libraries, literary and reading groups and many more.

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

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APRIL 26TH, 2021 @ 6:12:55 BST

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