Bestselling crime writers, Ann Cleeves and Cath Staincliffe, made impassioned speeches in favour of libraries at a pre-Festival event for the 2019 Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF2019) last night (Wednesday 6 March).
Around 230 people attended the event at the University of Huddersfield, where both authors talked about their writing careers, the TV adaptations of their books and the importance of libraries to individuals and local communities.
Ann Cleeves encouraged all audience members to join their local library and use it regularly to help keep libraries open. Both Ann and Cath talked about the benefits of libraries, from access to free books enhancing literacy skills to providing a hub for the local community.
She also said of her experience at HLF: ‘A real community festival, combining seamless organisation with a very friendly Yorkshire welcome.’
Ann Cleeves is the author of the Shetland novels, now in its fifth series as a major BBC1 drama, and the Vera Stanhope novels, currently in its ninth ITV series as Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann previously worked for Kirklees Library Services in Huddersfield and facilitated the setting up of the Festival in 2006.
Cath Staincliffe is the author of the Sal Killkenny series, the Scott & Bailey novels, based on the popular TV series, and the creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder, which stars Caroline Quentin. Her latest standalone novel is Fear of Falling.