Writer Ann signs in

AN award-winning crime writer will be signing books at an Alnwick shop next week.

Ann Cleeves will appear at WHSmith, on Bondgate Within, on Thursday, May 26, for an hour, from 1pm.

A number of her books, including Hidden Depths, have been dramatised as TV detective series Vera on ITV.

In 2006 she was the first author to win the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger – the richest crime-writing prize in the world – for her novel Raven Black.

In conjunction with her Alnwick appearance, the Gazette has teamed up with WHSmith to launch a competition in next week’s paper.

One lucky reader will win a signed copy of three of Cleeves’ books, donated by WHSmith.

For more information, see next week’s Gazette.