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BOOK MARK: Two top authors to appear at The Word

Book worms and budding writers can meet two multi award winning and bestselling authors at a special event this month. 

On Friday 24 May Mark Billingham and Erin Kelly will be appearing at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields as the final event of the third annual WRITE Festival, which is currently underway.

And the two authors will not only be talking about their work and careers but also sharing their tips and advice on everything from story structure to character building.

Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. Known mainly for his series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, which have twice won him the Crime Novel of the Year Award, he also had a successful career in television and stand-up comedy.

Joining him will be Erin Kelly, a leading mystery writer, whose first book The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama. She also wrote the novelisation of the BAFTA- award winning TV series Broadchurch.

“We at The Word are proud that the WRITE festival has taken off so well. Every year our audience is flourishing and attracting people of all ages,” said Tania Robinson, Head of Culture, at The Word.

“With two of the leading authors joining us for the last night of the festival, it is sure to be a fascinating and an extremely captivating night,” she said.

The event starts at 7pm, tickets are £5 per person and it is suitable for ages 16+.

For further information about The WRITE festival, and to book tickets, visit

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