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Published on 08 May 2019
Event date: 20/06/2019 19:30 Export event
The Old Fire Station is delighted to host the publication day launch of the eagerly anticipated follow up to M.W. Craven's best-selling, award-winning The Puppet Show. Mike will be held to account by fellow local author: international thriller writer, Matt Hilton.
There’s a storm coming . . . Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe. So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.
Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time? And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.
Praise for Black Summer:
'I cannot recall the last time I binge read a novel in 36 hours . . .How does a dead woman come back to life. WHAT. A. PLOT! Truly mind-blowing' A. A. Dhand
'Washington Poe - a rising giant in detective fiction' Alison Bruce
'A twisty thriller with a killer plot, backed up by solid research with characters you'll want to keep spending time with' Ed James
'One of the best British crime novels I've read in a long time. It's a great, brilliantly researched plot, not so much a whodunnit, more a how-the-hell-can-that-be? Simply an unputdownable
page-turner' Nick Oldham
'Black Summer grabs you from the very first page. A dark and brilliantly twisted crime thriller, bringing back the inimitable Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. You have to leave your
fingerprints all over it.' Colin Falconer
'Dark and twisted in all the right places. Poe is a great mix of compelling, complex & charismatic, and well on his way to becoming one of the standout characters in crime fiction' Robert
'A book that shines with tension, wit and invention' William Shaw
'In Tilly and Poe, MW Craven has created a stand-out duo who are two of the most compelling characters in crime fiction in recent years. They deserve to join the ranks of Holmes and Watson, Rebus and Clarke, Hill and Jordan . . .' Fiona Cummins
'Dark, thrilling and unputdownable with sharply drawn characters that stride off the page' Victoria Selman
‘Another spectacular and grisly installment from the dark mind of MW CRAVEN. He just keeps getting better and better as especially does the wonderful Tilly. Gripping. Taut. Twisty Everything you could ask for in a thriller from a writer of his caliber’ Imran Mahmood
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Swallows and Armenians
Swallows and Armenians is a passionate and personal project by Appleby artist Karen Babayan which celebrates the inspirational Anglo-Armenian family, the Altounyans, models for the Walker family in the classic children’s book by Arthur Ransome.
Exhibition runs from 19 February to 15 March 2020
There are also the following special events:
Sunday 1 March 12-4pm FREE family-friendly adventure map-making drop-in workshop.
Saturday 7 March 2pm Karen Babayan Artist’s Talk, Book Reading & Circle Dance Event - An opportunity to listen to the fascinating history of Swallows and Armenians from the artist and author herself. She is joined by Shakeh Major Tchilingirian, a renowned dance artist based in London, who brings an Armenian cultural tradition to Cumbria. No previous dance experience necessary. £4 includes a glass of wine.
Saturday 14 March 12-4pm Stories We Are Told - a workshop for adults inspired by the stories in the exhibition. Explore themes of identity & hidden histories through relief print techniques. Karen Babayan is an inspiring and accessible tutor. Beginners welcome. £40 per person (materials provided).