On Thursday 19 June I had the pleasure of speaking to members of a very friendly and welcoming U3a at Ringwood. Ringwood is an historic market town in Hampshire (England) located on the River Avon, on the western edge of the New Forest. It’s situated between Southampton and Bournemouth.
Apparently Ringwood had a long history of a thriving hand knitting industry. (I knew I should have taken my knitting). It became famous for its "Ringwood" woollen gloves, which were knitted in either cotton or wool 4 ply, and on fairly thick needles. Ringwood gloves were knitted commercially until after the Second World War.
But it wasn’t to talk about knitting that I was there but about my crime novels.
Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels to Ringwood U3A June 2014
I entertained members of the audience with tales of the dogged Portsmouth cop, DI Andy Horton and explained how I plot, research and write the DI Andy Horton series and my other crime novels all of which are set on the South Coast of England, in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
Pauline Rowson talking about DI Andy Horton and her crime novels - Ringwood U3A June 2014
I talked about the inspiration behind the Horton novels and my two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill. After the talk there followed, as usual, a very lively Q & A session and a book signing.
Pauline Rowson reading from DI Horton crime novel The Suffocating Sea, Ringwood U3A June 2014
I give a number of talks around the UK to many different organisations. I will be appearing at Worthing Library on 28 June and Lymington Library on 16 July.
For all my forthcoming speaking engagements or to book me as a speaker visit the Events Page on my website.
U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.