IT’S the most borrowed genre of book from libraries across Kirklees.

So crime seemed like the obvious choice when staff at Kirklees Library Service were choosing a festival theme.

November has been named the “Month of Crime Festival” and the festival will be launched by best-selling action author Andy McNab.

Pam Chew, a Kirklees development librarian from Shepley told the Examiner: “Across all our libraries we kept getting feedback from our staff that crime is the most popular genre.

“We thought it would be great to try and bring some well-known and local crime writers into our libraries so that the community can come into contact with authors and learn about how they go about writing.

“Crime has always been a popular genre and I think it is becoming more so because it is often profiled in the media and there are lots of TV programmes about crime too.

“Because of the recession we’ve tried to keep the cost for all the events as low as possible and they are all priced at £1 or £2 so that people can get value for money.”

The festival – which features events across the whole of Kirklees – will include crime writing workshops for budding authors, author panels with writers taking questions from the audience and talks by well-known writers.

Author Andy McNab, a former SAS soldier who writes action books about his fictional alter ego, Nick Stone, will be at Cleckheaton Town Hall on Monday, October 31 at 7.30pm to launch the festival.

McNab wrote the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero and the popular Immediate Action and Seven Troop books.

No photography will be allowed at the event to protect McNab’s identity. The only public pictures of him show his face obscured or hidden by a balaclava. It is not yet known how he will conceal himself at this event.

Other festival highlights include a talk by Cath Staincliffe, the creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder starring Caroline Quentin as Dci Janine Lewis.

Cath will be appearing at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Thursday November 24 at 7.30pm.

Bestselling author of Gangland Britain and Gangs, Tony Thompson will be at Dewsbury Library on Tuesday November 29 at 7.30pm.

Widely regarded as one of Britain’s top true-crime writers, he has twice been nominated for the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, winning the coveted title in 2001 for his book The Infiltrators. He is the former crime correspondent for the Observer and appears regularly on both television and radio as an expert on matters of crime.Š

A full festival programme can be picked up, along with tickets priced at £1 or £2, via Town Hall Booking Offices; Huddersfield Visitor Information in the Library Reception, tel: 01484 223200; Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01484 222444; Dewsbury Box Office, tel: 01924 324501 or online at