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An evening with the Queen of crime

South Tyneside's new state-of-the-art cultural venue will play host to one of Britain's most successful crime fiction novelists.

Next month, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, will welcome Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland, to celebrate her 30th book in 30 years.

Ann will mark the release of her latest book, Cold Earth - the seventh book in her Shetland series - by being joined in conversation by Alison O'Donnell, better known as Tosh from the TV crime drama Shetland, for a two panel discussion which fans of the series and Ann's bestselling books can enjoy.

Ann Cleeves said: "As soon as I visited The Word I could tell it would be a brilliant place for events. It is a place to share with friends, so I am delighted that Alison O'Donnell, the actress who plays Tosh in the BBC adaption of my Shetland books can be there with me."

Cold Earth is Ann's 30th novel, and once again features the enigmatic Jimmy Perez, brought to life in BBC One's drama series by Douglas Henshall, as he struggles to uncover a dark secret buried on the Isle of Shetland.

Tickets are £3 per person for the event which will take place in The Word Atrium on Friday 3 February, 7pm until 8.30pm.

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