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Teesside’s biggest book festival returns between Wednesday 9th-Saturday 19th June, with a bit of a twist on the usual proceedings. The festival includes workshops and discussions on fiction, poetry, crime-writing, sci-fi and more, with all events hosted online.

Highlights will include a contemporary poetry workshop led by Linda France, followed by readings from Manchester-based poet Hafsah Aneela Bashir (Thursday 10th); best-selling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan gives what’s sure to be an illuminating discussion about his work, which encompasses India’s history from the days of the Raj to modern life, while asking ‘how do you fit an elephant into a crime story?’ (Friday 11th); join founder of Writer’s Block North East, Laura Degnan, in a round-table discussion with three eminent writers Linda Green (The Last Thing She Told You), CJ Cooke (The Blame Game) and Carla Barley (The Moss House) (Tuesday 15th); sci-fi writer Gillie Hatton discusses all things fantasy fiction and sci-fi with GX Todd and Claire North (Thursday 17th); and there’s a chance to find out how to commit the perfect crime (or at least write about it) with a panel event from Dr Noir (aka Dr Jacky Collins), William Shaw, Trevor Wood and Neil Pattison (Friday 18th); there’s discussions from award-winning environment journalist Tim Smedley (Wednesday 9th); an online murder-mystery night with Tall Tales Mystery (Monday 14th); and you can join in with tea and chat from Nancy Revell who talks about her Shipyard Girls series (Wednesday 17th); plus budding authors are invited to share their stories in the Crossing the Tees short story competition.

Crossing The Tees takes place online from Wednesday 9th-Saturday 19th June

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