Crime writer helps launch literary festival

Popular crime fiction author Alison Bruce has helped launch April's first-ever Deepings Literary Festival (28-30 April) with a visit to the town.

Alison Bruce festival launch with Rachel Eyre and waitress Rachel Wilson

The writer met musician Rachel Eyre in Market Deeping's Iron Horse Ranch House for a preview of their Deepings Literary Festival performance when her  love of 40's - 50's retro style is set to team well with Rachel's  retro singing style.

Local book blogger Linda Hill will be conducting a question and answer session with books on sale courtesy of Tim Walker and Walkers Books of Stamford.

Alison's latest D C Goodhew novel, Cambridge Black, launches on 28 February at Heffers book shop in Cambridge. Heffers have staged launches for all Alison's previous six books, all set in Cambridge, and they are expecting a full house for the launch of the seventh.

She was shortlisted last year for the Dagger in the Library annual award given by the British Crime Writers' Association to a particular living author who has given the most pleasure to readers and judged on their body of work rather than a single title.

Shortlists are drawn up of the ten authors most nominated, online, by readers, and the final decision is made by a panel of librarians. 

Alison and Rachel (appearing on 28 April) are part of a stellar three-day programme of literary fiction and non fiction, storytellers and folk singers in the first ever Deepings Literary Festival.

The festival's star event is a black tie gala dinner with writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth.

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