·News & Events·
On Wed 27 September Diane will be taking part in a Celebration of Devon Authors which is part of the Appledore Book Festival.
The event takes place at 2pm in Appledore Community Hall and tickets cost £10.00 which includes afternoon tea.
For details of the other authors taking part and how to get tickets go to www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk
Good news for fans of Diane's fiction - a new novel, set in the 1920s, will be published in the UK in November and in the USA in March next year. The Magic Chair Murder finds two members of a literary society turning detective, after one of their friends is found dead in mysterious circumstances. See the publications page for more details.
On Wed 27 September Diane will be taking part in a Celebration of Devon Authors which is part of the Appledore Book Festival. The event takes place at 2pm in Appledore Community Hall and tickets cost £10.00 which includes afternoon tea. For details of the other authors taking part and how to get tickets go to www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk Good news for fans of Diane's fiction - a new novel, set in the 1920s, will be published in the UK in November and in the USA in March next year. The Magic Chair Murder finds two members of a literary society turning detective, after one of their friends is found dead in mysterious circumstances. See the publications page for more details.
∼Events Gone By∼
The eagerly awaited launch of Death at Wolf's Nick at Otterburn Memorial Hall, Northumberland.
Around 100 people turned out and made this an amazing occasion. Many of those who attended were the children and grandchildren of people who had personal connections with the original case, and some had traveled long distances to be there.
1. As the hall fills more chairs are soon needed...
2. Would you like a dedication in the book?
3. The end of the signing queue comes into sight.
4. Diane pictured with Paul Johnstone, great-nephew of Cecil Johnstone, who found Evelyn Foster on the moors and brought her home.
A great event at Ashburton Library, Croydon, where one reader commented: "You're taller than your photo." Is that a compliment or not?
It was Diane's great pleasure to be the guest lecturer aboard MV Balmoral for the Christmas and New year cruise. Lots of new friends made and a great time was had by all.
At the Gala Dinner during the 2012 Crime Writers' Association Conference in Southampton, Diane was taken by surprise when presented with a Red Herring by Peter James, CWA Chairman. She was (for once) speechless. The award was made in respect of her work on the National Young Crime Writers' Competition.
With Frances Fyfield at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in London.
Diane was in London for the culmination of the CWA Young Crime Writers' Competition,when national winner Claudia Hyde had afternoon tea with a select group of authors
and librarians at the National Portrait Gallery.
A few days later Diane joined Zoe Sharp, Matt Hilton and Anna Dean in Kendal for Cumbrian Crime Writers Love Libraries, one of the many events taking place during
National Crime Writing Week, and she was in Ulverston for the launch of 'Why Don't You Come For Me?' in the tea rooms of Booths Supermarket
– a venue chosen because scenes from the book actually take place there.
May – Diane officiated with fellow member of the CWA Matt Hilton at the Cumbria Area Awards for the Crime Writers' Association Young Crime Writers' Competition 2011. Seen here with Matt Hilton and left to right: Caroline Angus age 14 the area winner, Megan Reed age 9 and Jordan Hawkins age 12, both highly commended and Harri Ollis age 15, runner up.
June 2010 – The culmination of the CWA Young Crime Writers' Competition took place at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, where the winner, Nicole Hendry was presented with her prize: a generous selection of signed books, a specially engraved pen, and a weekend package for herself and a companion to attend Crimefest 2011. As national coordinator of the competition, Diane was delighted to attend the presentation and is pictured here with Nicole, and fellow authors Roger Ellory, Sarah Rayne and Maureen Carter.
May 2010 – One of the highlights of the crime writing calendar – Crimefest, where Diane took part in two author panels and one solo spot ‘From Fact to Fiction and Back Again’. Check out their website www.crimefest.com – bookings for next year being taken already.
February 2010 – It was standing room only at the official launch of Poisonous Lies: The Croydon Arsenic Mystery at Croydon Central Library, where Diane received a terrific welcome. A reading from the book and some preliminary thoughts from the author, were followed by a lively Q&A session, book signing and of course, refreshments.
December 2009 - January 2010 Diane was delighted to be among the guest lecturers aboard Fred Olsen's cruise ship, MV Braemar, for a Caribbean Christmas and New Year cruise, where her lectures included "The Art & History of Storytelling" and a special lecture for Christmas Day: "Festive Fiction".
August 2009 - A rare TV appearance, when Diane appeared on the 24th August edition of Flog It! talking about the author Arthur Ransome.
July 2009 - Oxfam Bookfest: A day well spent Kendal Oxfam Book Shop, chatting to customers, dishing out copies of The Absolutely Wicked Crime Quiz and raising some extra cash for an important cause. Many thanks to all those who stopped by to have a word - and best of luck with that quiz.
June 2009 - Midsummer Murders: A series of author events in Cumbria Libraries - accompanied by tea and cake in the afternoon or wine and nibbles in the evening. Some extremely interesting sessions, lively debate and we even had glorious weather - just as well at Appleby - where a slight glitch over keys almost necessitated holding the event on the car park!
Diane with readers at Seascale library in June.