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Author's fiery book launch.

Byline: Tony Pogson ,

Shelley crime writer Ann Cleeves will have a memorable launch for her latest book Raven Black.

It's one of the few crime books to be set in the Shetland Isles - that one-off, far-off part of the UK that spent hundreds of years as part of Norway and is on the same latitude as southern Greenland.

Think Shetland and you think Up Helly Aa, that fiery annual celebration of their Norse heritage, in the middle of winter, that defies sleet, snow, wind and the worse the elements can throw at them.

This year's Up Helly Aa in the capital Lerwick is on Tuesday, January 31 - there are another eight fire festivals in various districts of Shetland during the late winter.

It's been described as Mardi Gras, northern-style and with attitude, that lasts just one day (and night.

And, curiously enough, on the big day the town hall flies a red flag with a black raven - an ancient symbol.

Ann is holding her launch party in Lerwick library on the Friday of that week, February 3.

It has been thrown open to the whole community, with a local theatre group doing a reading of the book's most vivid episodes.

The writer, who is a Kirklees reader development officer, was born in North Devon. She is married to Tim Cleeves , a conservation officer for the RSPB, based at Denby Dale, who is the joint author of a book on birds and has two daughters Sarah and Ruth.

Ann has two sets of novels to her credit, one about an elderly naturalist who solves conservation crime and the other concerning Northumberland-based Detective Inspector Ramsay.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2006
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