P J Quinn

Pauline Kirke: pmk@pkirk304.force9.co.uk
w: www.pjquinn.co.uk (& www.paulinemkirk.co.uk)
Facebook: Pauline Kirk

Available to come to book groups?  Yes
Available to give talks?  Yes
Available for school visits?  No
About Me
I am the author of five published novels, two under my own name and three as PJ Quinn. Ten collections of my poetry have been published, including Walking to Snailbeach: Selected and New poems, and the most recent, “Dancing through wood and Time”, in which some of my poems are set to music by the York composer, Martin Scheuregger. I am a member of the Pennine Poets group, and editor of Fighting Cock Press. My poems, short stories and articles have appeared in many anthologies and journals, and been broadcast on radio.

PJ Quinn is a collaboration with my daughter Jo Summers. Jo challenged me to write a crime novel and, somehow, ended up writing it with me. The result is a series of detective novels, featuring DI Ambrose and his colleagues DS Sam Winters and WPC Pauline Meadows. They are set in Chalk Heath, an imaginary town growing fast in the 1950s, a period of great change that seems like an era ago. The first novel, Foul Play: a DI Ambrose Mystery, was published in 2011 by Stairwell Books. Poison Pen was published in October 2012 followed by Close Disharmony in 2014.

Born in Birmingham, I moved to York in 2002 via Nottingham, Australia, Essex, Berkshire and Leeds. After working in Adult and Continuing Education and for the Open University, I became a voluntary resource co-ordinator with Leeds Social Services. A ‘New Beginnings Award’ from Yorkshire Arts enabled me to give up the ‘day job’.

I am now a freelance writer and editor. I have featured at the Literature Festivals at York, Malton, Saltaire and Ilkley. In the York area, I perform regularly with the Spoken Word and Exhibitionists groups. I have also founded a number of writing groups in York.

As a performance poet I have appeared at venues such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the National Centre for Early Music. I judge short story and poetry competitions, and lead creative writing groups. In the past I have facilitated groups in schools, colleges, libraries and community halls, sheltered housing and day centres, and with writers with mental health and disability needs.

Until Mabel Ferrett’s death, I was her partner in Fighting Cock Press. Specialising in high quality poetry and short prose from the North of England, the Press received two Arts Council awards. I am now sole Editor. See: www.fightingcockpress.co.uk

My Books

Close Disharmony PJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk)PJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk writing with Jo Summers)
Close Disharmony: a DI Ambrose Mystery
Stairwell Books, 2014, Paperback
Genre: Crime
Set in York? No
Description: When a famous close harmony choir visits Chalk Heath, tensions are rife.
DI Ambrose feels a sense of foreboding. Does the choir include a murderer, or is the death of one of their singers connected to recent thefts? The third in the successful DI Ambrose series set in the 1950’s.
Reviews: ‘A cracking opening scene, abundant characterisation and narrative tension from start to finish… Crime has a new hero on the block.’ The Law Society Gazette
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon Publisher’s website


Cover of Quinn: Poison PenPJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk writing with Jo Summers)
Poison Pen: a DI Ambrose Mystery

Stairwell Books 2012
Genre: Crime
Set in York? No
Description: It is 1959. Illness and death strike a group in a gracious but decaying old Hall. Is there a poisoner among the aspiring artists and writers? And why is DI Ambrose a suspect? He needs the help of his colleagues DS Sam Winters and WPC Meadows to clear his name.
Reviews: ‘One of Yorkshire’s most hotly-tipped crime-writing names.’ The Yorkshire Evening Post
‘Crisp writing and a strong sense of people, place and atmosphere make this book both a class act and a gripping read.’ Mary Sheepshanks, novelist and poet (Mary Nickson)
Awards: Entered for the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger Award.
Find out more and buy from:  Author’s website Amazon Publisher’s website

Cover of Quinn: Foul PlayPJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk writing with Jo Summers)
Foul Play: a DI Ambrose Mystery
Stairwell Books, 2011; second edition as e-book, 2012.
Genre: Crime
Set in York? No
Description: It’s 1958. The leading lady in an amateur theatre group is attacked. Was it an outsider or another actor? DI Ambrose investigates with his colleagues, DS Winters and the feisty WPC Meadows, exposing the group’s jealousies. Ambrose must also cope with his wartime memories and a wayward son.
Reviews: ‘I loved it. Foul Play is deeply informed by a knowledge of legal practice and a keen grasp of human nature.’ Teresa Peacocke, Member of the New York and London Bar
‘A classic sleuth novel.’ The Press (York)
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website Amazon Publisher’s website

 

 

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