West Kirby gets ready for Bookfest

By Emma Gunby at

One of the UK’s top crime writers will be appearing at West Kirby Library as part of this year’s Wirral Bookfest.

Kate Ellis is best known for her series of novels featuring Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, who fights crime in the ‘mean streets’ – or should it be ‘mean lanes’? – of South Devon.

She has sold over half a million copies of her books worldwide and is nominated for this year’s The Dagger in the Library, which is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK.

Kate Ellis, crime writer

Kate Ellis, crime writer

Kate will be talking about her work at West Kirby Library on October 23 at 2pm as part of the annual Wirral Bookfest event, which will see local libraries throw open their doors to welcome authors, readers and aspiring writers in search of literary entertainment and inspiration.


This is the complete line-up:

October 3, 2pm:  Elizabeth Gates: Taming the Wolf within: from idea to publication Heswall Library

October 4, 2.30pm:  Stephen May: Stronger than skin Seacombe Library

October 5, 6pm:  Ramsey Campbell: Fifty years of fear Birkenhead Central Library

October 9, 2pm:  Maureen Lee in conversation Bebington Library

October 11, 2pm:  Diane Hinds: How to promote your book Moreton Library

October 16, 2.30pm:  David Hewitt: Joseph, 1917 Rock Ferry Library

October 16, 6pm:  Andy Sawyer: Something in the Water? Liverpool science fiction Wallasey Central Library

October 19, 6pm:  Angela Brabin: The trial of Dr Tomanzie Wallasey Central Library

October 23, 2pm:  Kate Ellis: Writing crime, past and present West Kirby Library

October 26, 2pm:  Shirley Jones: Jane Austen A Life in Letters Bromborough Library

October 27, 2pm:  Dean Johnson: Tessimond’s Cats and Fiddles Wallasey Village Library

October 30, 6pm:  Howard White and Ian Sloan: Being Morose West Kirby Library

All events are free, with refreshments kindly provided by the Friends of Wirral Libraries. To book, email elainewilson@wirral.gov.uk, or call Elaine on 0151 639 2334 or 07785 502 018