We all know that place can influence a writer, so where does Yorkshire fit into the minds and creative DNA of some of the county’s contemporary authors? Equally, how do you conjure a sense of that place in your writing and capture the spirit of the region as you’ve experienced it? We’ve assembled a panel of Yorkshire folk to tell all.

AA Dhand, for instance, brings the history, diversity and occasional darkness of Bradford – where he was raised – into his debut novel chronicling the cases of Detective Harry Virdee. Huddersfield is seen through the eyes of a young woman who imagines she’s Don Quixote in Brighouse resident Dan Micklethwaite’s ‘The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote’. Meanwhile, courage, community and the cobbled streets of 1930s Bradford lie at the heart of Jenny Holmes’ ‘The Mill Girls of Albion Lane’ and the Yorkshire Ripper casts a long shadow across Stevan Alcock’s gritty coming of age tale ‘Blood Relatives’. Overseeing it all is arts journalist Yvette Huddleston, herself a Yorkshire lass.

About The Authors

Stevan Alcock

Stevan Alcock is a writer, editor and translator. Originally from Yorkshire, he lived in Berlin for many years before relocating to London to study for a BA in German at Goldsmiths College. In 2013 he completed an MA (Dist.) in contemporary prose fiction at Kingston University. He is currently writing his next novel.

A.A. Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels. The Blood Divide is his first standalone thriller.

Jenny Holmes

Jenny Holmes was born and brought up in Yorkshire. She has been writing fiction for children and adults since her early twenties and has had a series of children’s books adapted for both the BBC and ITV. After living in the Midlands and travelling widely in America, she returned to Yorkshire and brought up her two daughters with a spectacular view of the moors and a sense of belonging to the special, still undiscovered corners of the Yorkshire Dales.

Dan Micklethwaite

Dan Micklethwaite is a prize-winning writer from West Yorkshire. He has over thirty short fiction publications to his name, covering a wide range of themes and genres, from realist tales of isolation, to retold fairy stories, to hard science-fiction and fantasy. His debut novel, ‘The Less than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote’, is due for release through Bluemoose Books in July 2016.

Yvette Huddleston

Yvette Huddleston is an author and journalist specialising in the arts. She has written extensively on film, theatre, literature and visual art for a wide range of national and regional publications.