Ann Cleeves has been called the successor to Ruth Rendell’s alter ego, Barbara Vine. She recently received the CWA’s Diamond Dagger, honouring contributions to the genre and a career of sustained excellence, and was the first writer to receive Iceland Noir’s Honorary Award for Services to the Art of Crime Fiction. She is the only living crime writer to have two different adaptations on television at the same time. In 2016, she published Cold Earth, the penultimate Shetland novel featuring Jimmy Perez. More recently, The Seagull, pit DI Vera Stanhope against an old enemy, former DS John Brace, investigating a cold case that’s bristling with fresh danger. With Ann is Dr James Grieve, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Aberdeen, and a frequent consultant to crime writers, who appears as himself in Ann’s Shetland novels. Chaired by Fiona Stalker.