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.