What a fabulous venue for the launch last week of our Essex Book Festival at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford last week! My favouritte Queen of Crime author and number one bestseller, Val McDermid joined hundreds of readers (and writers) at the launch of this annual Book Festival. Good to see so many friends, those who have been attending over many years, and also many new young readers who love Val's style of writing. We all enjoyed listening to how this talented novelist creates her fascinating books, in particular her current title How the Dead Speak. She was absolutely sensational and it was a huge pleasure to meet her at last. More to come!