LAST Friday, Penarth’s independent bookshop, Griffin Books, hosted a collection of 13 best-selling crime-fiction writers during the Orenda Roadshow.

This was the first time in the four-year history of the tour that the roadshow visited Wales.

The event, held at the Glamorganshire Golf Club, brought with it writers from Finland, Norway, Germany, France, Australia, and the UK, who discussed the writing process and answered questions from the audience.

Writing in all genres, from contemporary literary novels and thrillers, to horror and historical fiction, the line-up included bestselling New Zealand author Vanda Symon; Will Carver, the internationally bestselling author of the January David series; and Helen FitzGerald, author of Worst Case Scenario, which was recently made into a BBC One drama.

Karen Sullivan, founder and publisher of Orenda Books, said:

“Putting authors in front of readers in an informal setting, to talk about and read from their books, answer audience questions from the audience, and often visit the pub together afterwards, has built an incredibly strong and engaged readership around the country.

It’s a fun and lively event, and particularly effective in introducing international authors to a UK audience.

Perhaps most importantly, however, it is an incredible team-building exercise, and everyone on that team benefits hugely.”

As part of the tour, the Orenda Roadshow also engages in social outreach initiatives, and two copies of each authors book were given to (which schools???)

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with an emphasis on crime thrillers.

In 2018, they were awarded a Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme.

This year, the roadshow also visited Glasgow, Stockton, Wirral, and Southwell.