Ann Cleeves: In Conversation with Stephanie Merritt - The Raging Storm

The number one bestselling author and creator of Vera and Shetland returns with another captivating novel, set on the North Devon coast, and featuring Detective Matthew Venn. When a local legend arrives during a gale, the residents of Greystone, are delighted to have a celebrity in their midst. But when his body is discovered in a boat anchored off the coast DI Venn must revisit the village of his childhood and investigate, little realising that his own life might be in danger.  Ann Cleeves is a Patron of the Festival.


Ann Cleeves is the author of more than thirty-five critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez and Matthew Venn, and the TV series based on these characters, Vera, Shetland, and The Long Call respectively, have captivated millions more people around the world.

Ann is a Patron of the Appledore Book Festival and is a strong advocate for reading to improve health and wellbeing. In 2022 she was awarded an OBE for her services to reading and libraries. 

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