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Northumberland crime writer Barbara Henderson launches second novel

Berwick novelist Bea Davenport has set her second novel at the time of the miners' strike of 1984-5

Author Barbara Henderson of Spittal, Berwick
Author Barbara Henderson of Spittal, Berwick

The miners’ strike of 1984-5 forms the backdrop to Bea Davenport’s second adult novel, This Little Piggy, which is being launched tomorrow.

The Berwick-based writer, who as journalist Barbara Henderson worked for The Journal and BBC Radio Newcastle, made her debut with In Too Deep, an accomplished thriller involving a country fair and a medieval-style ducking stool.

This Little Piggy, also published by Legend Press, begins in the summer of 1984 on the Sweetmeadows estate where a baby has died in suspicious circumstances.

Bea – to use her pen name – again has a journalist as one of her main characters. Clare Jackson is put on the story as police struggle to contain mounting violence and finds her own life in jeopardy.

Author Barbara Henderson with her children’s book, The Serpent House
Author Barbara Henderson with her children’s book, The Serpent House

The book, which has been getting some enthusiastic reviews, will be launched on Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Blackwell’s book shop, 141 Percy Street, Newcastle. All are welcome.

You can also meet Bea at the inaugural Berwick Literary Festival, taking place on October 17 and 18.

She will be hosting a creative writing workshop at Berwick library. The brochure makes special reference to Bea’s children’s book, The Serpent House, which is published by Curious Fox.

Among others due to appear at the literary festival are Mick Martin and Brita Granström, Tom Maxwell, Barbara Morris and Dr Nolan Dalrympole. Find details on www.berwickliteraryfestival.com


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