Chris Nickson: Leeds, The Biography: A History of Leeds in Short Stories, Saturday 6th June, Central Library, Leeds

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06/06/2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Chris Nickson will be discussing and reading from Leeds, The Biography: A History of Leeds in Short Stories (Armley Press, July 2015) a collection of tales beginning in 363 AD in Chapel Allerton and finishing in 1963 with the Beatles at the Queen’s Hall. It will take in many facets of Leeds history, one or two familiar like the creation of Briggate in 1207 but many that peek into the shadows, of ordinary people like ‘Little Alice Musgrave’ who was the first person to die in the plague of 1645.

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Chris Nickson was born and raised in Leeds. After living abroad for many years, then elsewhere in England, he returned to his hometown almost two years ago. He’s the author of nine historical crime novels set in Leeds, as well as others in Chesterfield and Seattle, and also a music journalist.

suit211083727_10153103101056355_7976965573925538453_oThere will be a special guest appearance from Sam Priestley, Armley Press’ second new author, to discuss her latest novel Reliability Of Rope.

Armley Press’ John Lake says he picked Sam’s book to publish because: This intriguingly titled psychological thriller opens with a young woman gatecrashing a funeral on an invitation sent to the wrong person. Why she does this and her connection to the other mourners gradually generates a tale of skeletons in the family closet and discloses a network of people complicit in each other’s guilt. The lower-middle-class gentility of Lyme Regis makes an appositely deceptive backdrop for a tale that gets darker as it gets more complex. Ultimately, what I love about this book is the scope of the journey, from a moment of almost idle curiosity to a string of dramatic payoffs, each more satisfying than the last, keeping the reader in suspense till the final page. A fine achievement.

Samantha is a novelist and short story writer based in Sheffield. Her first novel, Despite Losing it on Finkle Street, was published by Pioneer Readers. Her short stories have been short listed in The Sid Chaplin competition, The Pages competition, The Mike Hayward competition, The Ted Walters competition, The Glass Woman Prize and The Binnacle Ultra Short at The University of Maine at Machias. She won first prize in The H E Bates competition and The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre Prize. Her first single story chapbook, Dreamers, is published by Folded Word and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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