Pauline Kirk

Pauline M Kirk

York novelist and poet Pauline Kirk organises and participates in a regular programme of events throughout the year. She works closely with York Explore Libraries providing a variety of opportunities for readers and writers to enjoy her work. As editor of the Fighting Cock Press and as an organiser of the Pennine Poets Pauline regularly hosts events throughout Yorkshire and the North of England. She can also be found working with publishers of her work as both Pauline Kirk and as PJ Quinn. She is a member of the Dream Catcher Editorial Board and of the York Spoken Word Exhibitionists travelling poetry team.

Upcoming Events September to December 2018

Poetic Justice: A DI Ambrose Mystery – the fourth DI Ambrose Mystery, published by Stairwell Books

After successful launch events in London and York, Pauline continues a programme of talks to celebrate the publication of Poetic Justice, the fourth DI Ambrose Mystery by PJ Quinn This is the pen name under which she collaborates with her daughter Jo Summers. Set in the 1950’s and early 60’s the DI Ambrose novels take us back to a period of great change that seems like an era ago. The latest novel features the mysterious deaths of two characters involved in a national poetry competition, and leads to Ambrose travelling to the Island of Guernsey. Like the previous three PJ Quinn novels, Poetic Justice can be read as a stand-alone novel – you don’t have to have read the sequence!

Here are some of the events in which Pauline is involved over the next three months:

Saturday 15th September 2-3.00 pm, Headingley Library, Leeds (in the new Headingley Community Hub) An event in partnership with Leeds Combined Arts.  Free; refreshments available

Pauline will be talking about Poetic Justice and how she collaborates with her daughter as PJ Quinn. She will be reading extracts from the novel and inviting questions.

Tuesday 18th September, Radio Guernsey

Hopefully, Pauline will be recording an interview about the Guernsey connection in Poetic Justice. You should be able to listen in with BBC iPlayer. You can never bank on radio or press interviews, however!

Saturday September 22nd, Ockley (Surrey) Food and Arts Fair at Village Greens, Coles Lane, Ockley RH5 5LS. 12.00 -4.00 pm. Free entry

With Jo, Pauline will be promoting and discussing the PJ Quinn novels. Come and find their stall!

Thursday 27th September, 6.45 – 7.45, ‘Finding the Words’, Explore York (the central Library). 3.00.

Reading from her recent poetry collection, Time Traveller (published by Graft Poetry) Pauline will be featuring with fellow poets Nick Allen and Katherine Goda. This is part of York Libraries’ Big City Read programme 2018.

Saturday 29th September, 7.00p.m. for 7.30, Dringhouses Community Hall, York. Cost: 10.00 a ticket (including meal and entertainment).

Collaborating with Pippa Hammond, Pauline will be producing another Murder Mystery Meal, ‘Death in the Lake’ - great fun and a fundraiser for Dringhouses Scouts!
Tickets and information from St Edward’s Parish Office, Dringhouses, York.


Thursday 4th October, (National Poetry Day) Dringhouses Library, York

To celebrate National Poetry Day, Pauline will reading from Time Traveller and talking about her poetry to the Friends of Dringhouses Library. The time is to be confirmed but it will definitely be in the morning. Visitors to the Friends Group are welcome.

Dringhouses Library, 56 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1LR. Tel: 01904 552674 or e-mail

Friday and Saturday 19th and 20th October, Fantasycon conference, Chester

This time as a ‘sci fi’ novelist, Pauline will be reading from her novels Border 7 and The Keepers, and discussing how she imagined their worlds, based on the trends she sees in our present lives.

Saturday December 18th, York

Another Murder mystery Meal Fundraiser with Pippa Hammond. This one will be for Woodthorpe Women's Institute, York.  Details to be announced.

As an individual writer, during the past year (2017-18) Pauline has performed regularly in York and the wider Yorkshire area. Writing as PJ Quinn, she has also been involved in launch events for Poetic Justice: a DI Ambrose Mystery. It’s been a busy year with a lot of travelling.

Here are some of the highlights of her past year (going backwards).

Friday 6th of July: Poetry

 Pauline read from her poetry at York St John University during their 'Beyond theVote' poetry evening.


Thursday 5th July: Poetic Justice

The York launch was held at Jacob's Well, At both Pauline and Jo performed acted readings. They were joined by Rose Drew and Alan Gillott in York with Alan Smith and Claire Campbell-Patel also reading from their recent novels.

Thursday 28th June: Poetic Justice

The London Launch of Poetic Justice took place at Samlan’s offices in the City. Pauline and Jo performed acted readings at a Hospitality event organised by a prominent Finance company, who made them most welcome and provided excellent refreshments!

Sunday 24th June: ‘Five Poets’ (Graft Poetry)

As a featured poet Pauline read at the Graft Poetry 'Five Poets' event at the Manor House, Ilkley, together with the American poet Jefferson Holdridge, Andy Boobier, Chris Bridge and Nicholas Bielby. All have been recently published by Graft.

Tuesday 8th May: Grey Hen Poetry Competition

The bundles of poems began arriving from the Grey Hen Competition on the 8th. With her co-judge Carole Bromley, Pauline spent much of May reading hundreds of entries in this national poetry competition for older women poets. The standard was high, and the choice of short list and winners was not easy to make. On May 29th Carole and Pauline met to agree the final results, which were announced on the Grey Hen website. Excellent poems! 

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April: CWA Conference

With Jo (the other half of PJ Quinn) Pauline attended the Crime Writers Association Conference in Shrewsbury. PJ Quinn has been a member of the CWA since Poetic Justice appeared. As a mother and daughter team they attracted quite a bit of interest at this, the first, CWA conference they have attended. It proved very helpful and enjoyable, giving us lots of ideas for developing the DI Ambrose novels.


Monday 19th March: York Literature Festival

Pauline represented Fighting Cock Press at the York Literature Festival HUB bookstall day on the 19th. On the same evening she read from Border 7 during the ‘Future Echoes 2 – SF and Fantasy’ Open mic. As a volunteer steward she assisted at events on the 20th, 22nd and 24th March, when she also introduced her new audio book at the ‘Poetry for All-Accessible Poetry’ event.

Thurs 8th March: Dringhouses Library, York

Pauline read from and talked about her poetry at a Friends of Dringhouses Library fundraiser morning.

Wednesday 7th March: Time Traveller

The York launch of Pauline’s new poetry collection, Time Traveller took place at an event entitled ‘Time Turned Around’ at York Explore (the central library). Andy Boobier whose collection Kong King had also recently been published by Graft Poetry, read with her. Nicholas Bielby, editor of Graft, spoke about why he chose both books for publication. This event was part of the York Women’s Festival programme.

November 2017 to March 2018: Audio book

Border 7 was published in 2015 by Stairwell Books under Pauline’s own name. During what proved to be a severe winter, she travelled back and forth to Dr Shakamotos’ studio in Hunslet, Leeds, to record an audio version – a very interesting if demanding experience. The resulting audio book can be purchased from Stairwell Books.

Monday January 8th

Pauline featured on York's 'Two Rivers Radio', interviewed by Rose Drew and Alan Gillott about her writing and the York literary scene generally.

The previous year (2017) was just as busy, taking part in events in the York and Ilkley Literature Festivals, the York Women’s Week and the Ryedale Book Festival. There were also bookings for talks about the PJ Quinn novels and Fighting Cock Press books, including A Shadow in My Life by Rita Jerram and Pauline’s edition of her uncle’s World War Two RAF letters, Thinking of You Always. Both were joint Stairwell Books and Fighting Cock Press publications. She was joint editor with Nicholas Bielby, of Fifty:Fifty an anthology celebrating fifty Years of the Pennine Poets (FCP and Graft Poetry), so there were launch events for that. Add in the many individual talks and readings she gave in Leeds and York (for Leeds Combined Arts and National Poetry Day among others) and it’s quite a list. Her poems and stories had been published in a number of poetry and prose anthologies that year, including The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry and Shades Of Meaning (Grey Hen Press), so she also joined other writers taking part in promotional events throughout the area. Yes, another busy year!


If you’d like to know more or to invite Pauline to give a talk or reading, contact Pauline herself or Stairwell Books.

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