Forthcoming Events

Jan/Feb 2019 - Launch of Preparing for Higher Education Study

Sept 2019 - FantastiCon 2019 – Cleethorpes Leisure Centre

Christmas 2019 – Annie’s early years to be re-issued as a trilogy


6 Nov 2018 – Talk to the Hornsea U3A at the Floral Hall, Hornsea, East Yorkshire. Contemporary crime and the problems of researching the present.

1st & 2nd Sept 2018: FantastiCon 2018 – Cleethorpes Leisure Centre

02 Dec 2017Launch of 2nd edition of the writers’ toolkit, now called How to be a Fantastic Writer

30 Sept 2017: Launch of Syrup Trap City

2 & 3 Sept 2017FantastiCon 2017 in the heart of the UK City of Culture

22/23 June 2017Hornsea Writers at Hornsea Carnival

18 June 2017: Words on the Westwood. The literature side of Beverley Folk Festival

23 May 2017: Signing Tiger Blood at the Travellers, London

30 April 2017: Prize presentation for Dreaming of Steam anthology. Fimber Halt

8-10 April 2017: Writing retreat in the Forest of Dean

December 2016: Launch of the paperback of Tiger Blood

20 November 2016: 12 till 5 LitFest at FantastiCon Hull Guildhall

19-20 November 2016FANTASTICON 10 am to 10 pm at Hull Guildhall

31 October 2016: Halloween horror anthology 666 launch!

7 – 10 October 2016: Writers’ jaunt to the south coast

25 September 2016: 2 pm Talk by Penny at Cottingham Civic Hall

26 August 2016: Talk to Hornsea Seagulls at Hornsea Town Hall.

31 July 2016: 40th anniversary / 135th birthday party at ‘the farm’ – fun times had by all. See the No Presents Please, We Have All We Need Campaign.

July 2016: Tiger Blood is ‘soft’ launched as an ebook, with a launch event for the paperback to come later in the year

18 June 2016: 3.00 pm “Spinning Stories out of the Air” A talk by Penny Grubb at the Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley racecourse.

24 May 2016: All Party Parliamentary Writers’ Group. Summer reception. House of Lords.

17 April 2016: Let’s Go Hornsea. Who? What? Where? Showcasing Hornsea Writers and their work at the Let’s Go Hornsea event at the Floral Hall in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.

12 December 2015Christmas Book Fair with a difference. Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

1 November 2015: Junior Series show jumping final at Bishop Burton college, East Yorkshire with event sponsors, Fantastic Books Publishing.

24 – 25 October 2015FantastiCon 2015 Sci-Fi & Fantasy extravaganza.

11 October 2015: Fence judging at British Eventing fixture at Askham Bryan college.

16 September: ‘Using the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking’ – part of the Richard Paul memorial programme, Foundation for Critical Thinking

15 September: teaching at the mature students’ summer school, University of Hull. Workshops on active reading and critical writing for academics.

12 September: Hull Book Fair with Fantastic Books Publishing and Hornsea Writers

27 July – 1 Aug 2015: Running the course on Crime Writing at the Writers’ Holiday in Fishguard.

5 July 2015: Aiming to take part in the sponsored walk for the Yorkshire Wolds heritage railway.

19 – 21 June 2015Summer Weekend Writing Retreat. Awakening the writer within. Giving workshops with Danuta Reah.

April 2015: Launch party for Buried Deep. Read a review here.

Jan 2015: Buried Deep is published. Book 5 for PI Annie Raymond but this one is also a police procedural introducing two new major characters.

Dec 2014Where There’s Smoke paperback edition. There is a woman and a horse in the picture on the cover, not immediately apparent.

16 August 2014FantastiCon. The first Fantasticon and hopefully first of many. A sci-fi and fantasy extravaganza organised by Fantastic Books Publishing in the soon-to-be City of Culture, Hull, East Yorkshire where most of the Annie books are set.

Jan 2014: Launch of the Hornsea Writers’ website

Nov 2013ALCS AGM, Bristol.

28 – 30 Oct 2013IFRRO Congress, Istanbul. Experiences in Istanbul recorded in a series of blogs starting here.

28 July – 2 AugWriters’ Holiday, Caerleon College, University of Wales. Course leader for a Toolkit for Writers of Commercial Fiction.

Mon – Tue, 20-21 May: Cross-country & show-jumping clinic with Olympic gold medal winner, Blythe Tait. Attended by Fantastic Books Publishing, supporters of young sporting talent. Tickton Hall Stables, Beverley.

4-5 June 2013World Creators Summit. Washington DC. Panel discussion: creators in the digital age.

Fri 10 May 2013: Getting a novel off to a good start. Talk to the Creative Writing Group at Hedon Library.

Tues 16 Apr 2013: Keeping the plates spinning on the sticks. Talk to HERIB ladies luncheon. Tickton Grange.

Thurs 4 April 2013: The Flying Ducks meet near Harrogate.

March 2013The Jawbone Gang and Where There’s Smoke are out as ebooks.

Tues 5 March 2013: Interviewed for Femail by Phoebe Jackson-Edwards on writing and the importance of libraries

1 March 2013: Like False Money and The Doll Makers published in the USA and Canada

23 Feb 2013: Dengie qualifying event at Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

9 Feb 2013HERIB (Hull & East Riding Institute for the Blind) Book Fair and meet-the-authors event with Val Wood, Linda Acaster, Penny Grubb, Annie Wilkinson and others. See here for pictures

Jan 6 2013: The Doll Makers is published as an ebook with a shiny new cover. Find it on Amazon UK, Amazon .COM or Amazon Canada

12 Days of Kindle: up to Jan 7, 2013: Like False Money was on sale for 99p in the 12 Days of Kindle promo.

Saturday 15 Dec 2012: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Prospect Centre, HULL. Book signing for Where There’s Smoke

Sat 1 Dec: from 11 am, Waterstones, LEEDS. Book signing for Where There’s Smoke

Thurs 29 November 2012ALCS AGM. Clothworkers’ Hall, London.

Sunday 18 Nov 2012: Cottingham. Book party for Where There’s Smoke

Saturday 17 Nov 2012: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Prospect Centre, HULL. Book signing for Where There’s Smoke. With Val Wood signing The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Tuesday 13 Nov: My turn on the chain blog: My Next Big Thing.

Monday 12 Nov: It isn’t one of my books, but how could I not mark the publication of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAVY, especially as it’s a darned good cookbook with 50 recipes and some inspired turns of phrase e.g. “You’ve experienced the crazy, now whip up the gravy”

4 November: FUSION. Launch of the anthology. Can’t wait! My name isn’t in it but I had a hand in picking the stories that are. It’s brilliant.

Saturday 3 Nov 2012: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Prospect Centre, HULL. Book signing for Where There’s Smoke

31 Oct 2012: Publication of Where There’s Smoke, book 4 in the Annie Raymond, Private Investigator series. Special offer pre-order price available.

Mon 29 Oct: 3.30 pm approx. Talking to Phil White on Radio Humberside

22-25 October 2012IFRRO World Congress. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1 Oct 2012: Talk to Holderness Rotary Club, Hotel Mercure, Hull.

7-9 Sep 2012York Festival of Writing.

30 August 2012: Results of the Fantastic Books fantasy / sci-fi short story competition announced in unconventional style here and more conventionally on Facebook here.

10-11 August 2012Online launch event for The Writers’ Toolkit. As part of the launch event, Fantastic Books Publishing offered free professional critiques. These were published along with mini-tutorials, articles and loads of writing-related chat at and are still available to view.

22-27 Jul 2012Caerleon Writers’ Holiday.

June 2012 ALCS 35th birthday party. House of Lords terrace. Read Ron Butlin on ALCS.

10 Jul 2012: Publication of The Writers’ Toolkit, Penny Grubb & Danuta Reah. A manual for authors of commercial fiction. Fantastic Books Publishing.

Friday June 22 11am: Parson Cross Library, Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield. Library event for the CWA’s Crime Writing Month. Crime panel: Penny Grubb, Danuta Reah, John Dean, Jane Finnis.

May 2012: The winner and runner-up in the open section of the La Scala Studios short story competition will be published in Equestrian Plus magazine.

24 – 27 May 2012: Bristol Crimefest: the international crime fiction convention. Panel discussion: How Good is Crime Fiction at Addressing the Big Issues? with panellists: Penny Grubb, Kevin Wignall, Danuta Reah, Claire Seeber and moderator, Gerard O’Donovan.

3 – 4 May 2012: Nairobi. Conference organised by the IFRRO. Enhancing the culture of reading and books in the digital age. Penny Grubb attends as the representative of the International Authors’ Forum. See here for copies of the IAF presentations. The fun bits (with photos and videos) are on my blog here.

10 April 2012: Research trip. Sisters in Crime go to Poland where they visit Krakow and a Salt Mine.

16 – 18 April 2012: London Book Fair. On Tuesday at 4pm: the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture, Copyright at the Crossroads

Sat 17 Mar: 12.00 – 2.00:  Busted! Law catches up with the sisters in crime WHSmith, Prospect Centre, Hull. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Sat 17 Mar: 2.30 – 4.30: WHSmith, Kingswood, Hull. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Fri 16 Mar: 4:00: Phil White Show, BBC Radio Humberside

Sat 18 Feb 2012: Tickton Hall Stables, Tickton East Yorkshire: La Scala Studios Short Story competition prize presentation and East Yorkshire Dengie qualifier event. PRIZE-WINNERS.

Sat 11 Feb: 12.00 – 2.00: Waterstones, 24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Sat 11 Feb: 2.30 – 4.30: WHSmith, Fargate, Sheffield. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Sat 28 Jan 2012: 9.30 – 11.30: Waterstones, 18 Park Lane Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Sat 28 Jan 2012: 1.00 – 3.00 pm: Waterstones, 26 The Arcade, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield. Partners in Crime. Book signing: Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

Thurs 19 Jan 8.00 pm: Litopia After Dark. A last-minute invitation to join a panel on Litopia Radio to discuss Apple’s Big Announcement.  Alas, I would have had to join in by mobile phone from a station car-park, so they very sensibly found someone else. Check out the podcast for a fascinating discussion. Textbook writers especially!

Saturday 17 Dec 2011: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Prospect Centre, HULL. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Saturday 17 Dec 2011: 2.30—4.30 WH Smith, Kingswood, HULL. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Saturday 10 Dec 2011: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Victoria Shopping Centre, HARROGATE. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Tuesday 6 Dec 2011: All Party Writers Group Winter reception and presentation of the Educational Writers Award sponsored by ALCS.

Saturday 3 Dec 2011: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Westborough, SCARBOROUGH. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Sunday 27 Nov 2011: Litopia After Dark Internet Radio. Panel of crime writers: Penny Grubb, Dirk Robertson and James McCreet talking to Peter Cox, Dave Bartram and Ali ‘Chatroom’ Gardiner.

Saturday 26 Nov 2011: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Coney Street, YORK. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Saturday 26 Nov 2011: 2.30—4.30 WH Smith, Monk’s Cross, YORK. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Saturday 19 Nov 2011: 9.30—11.30 WHS Books, BEVERLEY. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Saturday 19 Nov 2011: 12.00—2.00 WH Smith, Prospect Centre, HULL. Book signing for PI series paperback editions.

Tuesday 15 Nov 2011: Publication date for paperback editions of the first three Annie PI novels

Thursday 10 Nov 2011: Ladykillers crime panel (Penny Grubb, Zoe Sharp, Lesley Horton) 1.30 pmMeltham Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham

Thursday 10 Nov 2011: Ladykillers crime panel (Penny Grubb, Zoe Sharp, Lesley Horton) 7.30 pm at Slaithewaite Library

Tuesday 4 Oct 2011: Talk to Scarborough Writers’ Circle

24-29 July 2011Caerleon Writers’ Holiday. Writers’ Toolkit course

8-10 July 2011: Talk to the RNA Conference. Fair pay for fair use.

Saturday 2 July 2011: 12—2 Book signing in WHS Prospect Centre Hull, followed by drinks in Vanilla, Ferensway. Whoa! A police raid on this one!

Friday 1 July 2011: Radio Humberside. Interview on the Phil White show talking about books, writing and the ALCS.

Saturday 25 Jun 2011: 11am—12.30pm WHS Books, Beverley. Signing for The Jawbone Gang with post signing pub visit to the King’s Head, Saturday Market.

Saturday 11 Jun 2011: Jawbone Gang party in Hull. Supported by La Scala Studios.

Thursday 9 Jun 2011: London launch party for The Jawbone Gang. Supported by Camden Lock Books.

Tuesday 7 Jun 2011: World Copyright Summit, Brussels. Building bridges. The digital future.

1 June 2011: Launch of La Scala Studios 2011 short story competition at Driffield Showground, East Yorkshire

Tuesday 10 May 2011: 1.30 pm Talk to the Time for You group at the Hull Freedom Centre

Wednesday 9 Mar 2011: Talk to York book group

Saturday 12 Mar 2011: 2 pm WHSmith Books, Beverley. Launch of Sylvia Broady’s first novel

Saturday 26 Mar 2011: Authors North event at Hull History Centre 11 to 3.30.  Society of Authors.

Thursday 6 Jan 2011: 2.30 at Hedon Library, East Yorkshire. Talk and reading, including a prepublication taster from the next book in the series, The Jawbone Gang.

Wednesday 5 Jan 2011: Interview on Radio Humberside – Lara King show.

Tuesday 7 Dec 2010: Educational Writers’ Awards hosted by the All Party Writers’ Group.  Winners: Bill Bryson and Felicia Law.

Thursday 2 Dec 2010: Interview on Radio Humberside and talk at Hedon library CANCELLED because of the weather – rescheduled for January

Monday 29 Nov 2010 Book Party London.  To celebrate publication of The Doll Makers. Despite a raft of obstacles, it was agood party, twice blogged to date.  Supported by Camden Lock Books.

Thursday 25 Nov 2010 : Hull University crime evening, part of the Larkin Centre visiting writer series run by Prof Martin Goodmanin conversation with local authors including Linda Acaster who will be talking about her own novels and research and also mentioning Penny’s books as Penny will be away chairing the ALCS AGM.

Thursday 25 Nov 2010 ALCS AGM London.  At the historic Clothworkers’ Hall.  More details…

Thursday 11 Nov 2010: Lavish book launch followed by book and birthday party for local author Valerie Wood, captured onHumber TV.

The Literary Project: Of False Money and of Free Money.  Gemma Noon chats to Penny on writing and how to cope with a life with several day jobs.

Mystery Women MagazinePenny interviewed about her writing by novelist Angela Dracup.

Sunday 3 Oct 2010: Books available at Beverley Racecourse.

Saturday 18 Sept 2010 : whs books Beverley east yorkshire.  See here for details 11 am —12 pm  Meet the author.

Saturday 11 Sept 2010 Wetherby racecourse.  Pony Club team show-jumping.  Penny Grubb is sponsor of the open classes.

Friday 10 Sept 2010 Whsmith Scarborough.  1:00—2.30 pm. Meet the serial killers.  Joint book signing and meet-the-authors event with crime writer Bill Kitson

Sunday 8 Aug 2010: Books available at Patrington Show.

Saturday 31 July 2010prize presentation & wine reception for LaScala Short Story competition at Bishop Burton College where the prizewinners, judge, sponsors and competition organizers enjoyed a buffet and wine reception.  Congratulations to the winners.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010: Publication of The Doll Makers.  Crime novel and international award winner.  Available in bookshops.  Launch events to be held in September.

Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 April 2010  London Book Fair Disruption to overseas visitors because of the volcanic ash from Iceland disrupting flights. Always interesting to see how these things pan out when something like this happens. It’ll turn a good event into a great one for some people for one reason or another.

Weekend of 9-11 April at York University.  Festival of Writing.

Saturday 3 Apr 2010: 11 am to 1 pm.  The maps! The maps! Meet Penny at WHSmith Books in Beverley where she will be available to talk to readers and sign copies of her book.

Thursday 18 Mar 2010.  Talk Radio Europe interview with Hannah Murray about Like False Money.

Mid March. Interviews for  Kingstown Radio and Seaside RadioListen here.

Sunday 7 Mar 2010:2 pm—4 pm Burton Pidsea Village Hall.  Like False Money – Local launch event with Great scones!.

Wednesday 3 Mar 2010: 5 pm—7 pm at the Writers’ House.  London launch party that left a big question hanging for some attendees.

Saturday 27 Feb 2010: 7 pm till late. Cottingham launch party for Like False Money. See Superwoman hosts

Thursday 25 Feb 2010: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm Huntingdon Community Centre, York. La Scala Studios short story competition launch event     York.    Talks, Q&A, writing tips and tricks from Penny Grubb and Linda Acaster.  Competition details at the La Scala site.  Download rules and entry form here. See my blog for an account of the launch event..

Monday 26 Oct 2009: Workshop for the Barnet Festival of Learning.  Writing skills, tips and ideas on how to become a published author, plus tips and tricks on the best approach for entering the  BBC’s MYSTORY competition. More details…