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North East Crime Queens to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice

Three North East female crime writers are being interviewed during a Literacy Fundraiser to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Rothbury Women’s Institute are holding a Literary Fundraiser on Saturday 27th October at 7pm, at Thropton War Memorial Hall, near Rothbury, Northumberland. The event costs £10 to attend and will include Dr Jacky Collins, a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, interviewing three local female crime writers to find out about their inspirations, aspirations and all things writing over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Rothbury WI has 28 members and is led by President Ros Allen and Secretary Katy Nickolls, who have both been members for several years. Over the last few years the WI have supported a number of local causes and voted this year to support St Oswald's Hospice.

As part of their support they are holding a literary fundraiser where they hope to raise £1,000 for us. Secretary Katy is an avid reader and loves to write crime fiction in her spare time. Her dream was to bring together a group of local crime authors to talk about their lives and works, all of which are set in the North East. The WI runs talks throughout the year on the theme of ‘Inspiring Women’, making this a perfect fit.

Dr Jacky Collins, a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University has a passion for crime fiction, during the fundraiser she will be interviewing three local authors; L.J. Ross, Mari Hanna, and Shelley Day.

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 best-selling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Multi-award winning Mari Hannah is the author of the Kate Daniels series of police procedurals, the Ryan and O'Neil crime series and the Stone and Oliver series and Shelley Day has been a litigation lawyer, a psychology lecturer and a research professor with her novel recently winning the Andrea Badenoch Award.

Katy Nickolls, Rothbury WI Secretary, said:

This will be a fascinating evening with three inspirational female crime writers from the North East. We’d love for people to join us for a glass of wine, some homemade nibbles from our Rothbury WI group, and an intriguing conversation led by Jacky Collins, a passionate crime fiction fan and expert in this field. All the money raised from the event will go to support St Oswald's Hospice, a local charity which relies on fundraising, to keep providing their amazing care.

Katy Taberham, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s added:

This is a new type of event for us and we’re really excited to be chosen as the charity beneficiary. The WI is a lovely community-based organisation which often helps local charities and we’re excited to go along to the event. It’s something different and unique and it will be interesting to listen to the crime writers. St Oswald’s Hospice has to raise £7.5 million each year through charitable giving and events like this make such a difference to help us to keep providing a high level of care.

Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of wine and nibbles. For more information and to get your ticket contact Katy Nickolls at Rothbury WI on 01669 621616 or email rothburywi@gmail.com. Tickets are also available at Tully’s of Rothbury.