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Authors Elly Griffiths and Time Team's Francis Pryor promote latest works at King's Lynn Digging For Stories event





Two popular authors were in conversation with an audience of some 200 people at an event promoting their latest works set in the area this week.

Digging For Stories, held at Lynn's Duke's Head hotel on Wednesday was sold-out, with fans of both writers Elly Griffiths and Francis Pryor attending to hear them answer questions from Waterstones events manager Tim Callaghan.

Mr Callaghan said: "The Locked Room [by Elly] is the fourteenth book in the Ruth Galloway mysteries and the cosy crime genre and the fact that they are set locally means they marry well.

Francis Pryor has appeared as a Time Team consultant and Elly Griffiths is a popular crime fiction writer. MLNF-22PM08054
Francis Pryor has appeared as a Time Team consultant and Elly Griffiths is a popular crime fiction writer. MLNF-22PM08054

"Francis has appeared on Time Team and his book The Fens is locally based and was book of the year at Lynn's Waterstones.

"History and crime are big-selling genres and books have weathered the storm over the pandemic.

"It's been a good event."

Elly Griffiths, Francis Pryor with Tim Callaghan, events co ordinator at Waterstones, Lynn at the Digging For Stories event in the Duke's Head hotel.
Elly Griffiths, Francis Pryor with Tim Callaghan, events co ordinator at Waterstones, Lynn at the Digging For Stories event in the Duke's Head hotel.

The authors signed copies of their books The Locked Room and Scenes From Pre-Historic Life and The Fens.

Audience member Susan Cameron, a fan of Griffiths, from Hunstanton said: "We've read all the books and went to the book signing back in February at Waterstones.

"Reading her books is like eating chocolate and when she signed my copy she wrote 'enjoy the chocolate.'

"She writes so gently and is so easy to read.

From LtoR: Waterstones booksellers Martin Buckley and Jess Woo (standing),Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths (seated) with events co ordinator Tim Callaghan and bookseller Natalie Abbott from Waterstones, Lynn (standing). MLNF-22PM08053
From LtoR: Waterstones booksellers Martin Buckley and Jess Woo (standing),Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths (seated) with events co ordinator Tim Callaghan and bookseller Natalie Abbott from Waterstones, Lynn (standing). MLNF-22PM08053

"It's a modern style that special crime writers like Agatha Christie have."

With a full audience in the ballroom at the hotel, Mr Callaghan spoke to the authors about their popularity and local links to West Norfolk.

Elly said: "It is lovely to be back in Lynn and I am so honoured that people would come and see us.

Some 200 people attended the Digging for Stories event at the Duke's Head hotel and were able to chat to authors Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths afterwards. MLNF-22PM08056
Some 200 people attended the Digging for Stories event at the Duke's Head hotel and were able to chat to authors Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths afterwards. MLNF-22PM08056

"Lynn is my character Ruth Galloway's homeland and territory.

"Books get us through tough times and if ever someone says my book does that, I'm honoured."

Archaeology author Francis said: "What I've always tried to do is imagine what it must be like three and a half thousands years ago and trying to recapture in this book what the past would have smelled like."

Fans at the Digging for Stories event in the ballroom at the Duke's Head hotel get their books signed by Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths. MLNF-22PM08057
Fans at the Digging for Stories event in the ballroom at the Duke's Head hotel get their books signed by Francis Pryor and Elly Griffiths. MLNF-22PM08057

Following the event, he said: "I think it went down well by Norfolk standards.

"People seemed to enjoy themselves."

Some 200 fans attended the Digging for Stories event with Elly Griffiths and Francis Pryor in the ballroom at the Duke's Head Hotel, Lynn.
Some 200 fans attended the Digging for Stories event with Elly Griffiths and Francis Pryor in the ballroom at the Duke's Head Hotel, Lynn.

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