Celebrated author to make star appearance at book club event

A celebrated local author will make a guest appearance at a book club event later this year.

Andy Griffee, a former BBC journalist and media consultant who lives in the Teme Valley, will meet book club members at the Royal Porcelain Works on Monday 2 March to discuss his book, Canal Pushers.

The book – which was published in May last year – is Andy’s debut novel in which a serial killer stalks the canal towpaths of Worcester.

The crime thriller begins with a deliberate drowning at night on the towpath near The Commandery and ends with another attack on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Oddingley. The climax of the book takes place on the canal during a Worcester Warriors’ home game at Six Ways.

The idea for the book was inspired by newspaper reports of a possible serial killer at large in the Greater Manchester area where a number of unexplained drownings had taken place.

Canal Pushers is the first in a series of crime novels, which will move around the canals and waterways of the UK. Andy has already written a sequel – which will be called River Rats – and is set on the River Avon in Bath.

Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Royal Porcelain Works said: “We are absolutely delighted, and a little bit honoured, to welcome Andy to discuss his novel at our March book club. From humble beginnings, the club has grown, offering the opportunity for members of the community to come together to read and discuss a variety of books. Having a local author within our midst will add something extra special!”

Andy added: “As an author, feedback from readers is a vital part of the writing process. I’ve really loved reading the encouraging reviews of Canal Pushers but this will be a fabulous chance to be face to face with readers, hear what they think and discuss it. I’m very grateful to Royal Porcelain Works for the opportunity.”

Canal Pushers is published by Orphans Publishing with its sequel, River Rats, out on 2 April this year.

The Royal Porcelain Works launched its book club last summer; taking place once a month on a Monday between 7.40pm and 8.40pm, the club continues to go from strength to strength.

Canal Pushers can be borrowed from libraries, purchased or downloaded on a Kindle ahead of the next book club on Monday 3 February; new members are welcome.
The free event takes place in The Foyer with books decided by attendees. There is no need to book; places are open to everyone.

The club is hosted by Worcester resident Jan Venables, who has been volunteering at a number of Worcester theatre and entertainment sites for the past 25 years, including the Henry Sandon Hall, which is situated within the Royal Porcelain Works.

For further information, please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.

Photo caption: Left to right: Sara Matthews, General Manager at Royal Porcelain Works and author, Andy Griffee.