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Alfie Crow

Alfie Crow was born in Wallsend, Northumberland and now lives in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. He worked for many years in community theatre, writing and directing over thirty plays, as a college and university lecturer and as a poet coach in primary and secondary schools.

He was one of the winners of the Bridport prize in 2006 for his short story, ‘Metal’ and his poems have been published in many periodicals and collections. His first thriller Rant won a Northern Crime Award. It is the first in a series of novels featuring the world's worst spy and disgruntled jobbing actor, Mike Rant. Coincidentally, Alfie also once applied to join the secret service using a computer in South Shields library. He is not at liberty to divulge the success or otherwise of his application.

Alfie has collaborated with poet Kate Fox on two novellas written and set during cultural events: The Glasto Code at the Glastonbury Festival 2013, and Tour de Force at the Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' in Yorkshire, July 2014.


Glastonbury 2013 eBooks

Legendary northern poet Kate Fox was Poet in Residence at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, held between Wednesday 26th and Sunday 30th June. Determined to make the most of her time, Kate produced two new books during the festival, which Valley Press was delighted to digitally publish immediately, on Glastonbury 2013's final day.

The first book, Jagger's Yurt, contains all twelve poems Kate produced during the festival as part of her residency – according to Kate this is 'reportage in poetry', collected by 'roving the festival searching out stanzas'. The perfect festival souvenir, this book will allow you to relive it all; whether you were stood in a field watching the Stones, or watching on the telly at home.

Then we have The Glasto Code, co-written with thriller writer (and fellow performance poet) Alfie Crow. A funny, fast novel of suspense and intrigue, it of course bears no relationship to anything written by Dan Brown – except for a long hidden code, a pyramid, and something very, very important that needs to be found.

"Something is buried in a field in Glastonbury, and the words of a dying prisoner send an out-of-his-depth young priest – and the festival's Poet in Residence – on a race against time to crack the code and find the secret. But they're not alone..."

Mostly written during the festival itself, the book is the first in a series of 'Makin News' novellas, to be produced and published during real live events, featuring real live people. Are you in it? Were you there? If you weren't, this novella will make you wish you had been.

Tour de Force

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In a race against time, interspersed with the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, a journalist and a vicar attempt to foil a robbery orchestrated to unfold during the 'Grand Depart'.

Will Jess Makin and Reverend Ray be able to outwit Antonia Gruber and her four daughters? Why is Octavius Bosomthwaite determined to hang onto the contents of his metal box at all costs? Are our heroes as doomed as Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France hopes...?

Find out in this brand new comic crime novella, sequel to last year’s Kindle-exclusive classic The Glasto Code; written (once again) in record time by poet Kate Fox and thriller writer Alfie Crow, during the 'Grand Depart' festivities in Yorkshire.

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