World Book Night celebration with Tom Kelly and Nancy Revell

North East
Event date/time
23 April, 2:00pm
Event location
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Sheilds

Catherine Cookson Room

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

Market Place

South Shields

NE33 1JF


Join us on World Book Night – a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April each year. We are pleased to announce that we are being joined by local writers Tom Kelly and Nancy Revell.

Tom will talk about Lost Dialects – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. This links with the Lost Dialect exhibition which is currently residing in The Word which has attracted enormous interest from visitors of all ages. Tom will also perform readings from his poetry collection, SPELK.

Nancy, who has written two novels in The ShipYard Girls series brings the lives of working women to life during World War II. Nancy will be talking about her latest novel Shipyard Girls at War.

Shipyard Girls at War is the second novel in Nancy Revell’s compelling saga series set in Sunderland in the 1940s. During World War Two seven hundred women worked in the Sunderland shipyards carrying out dangerous and backbreaking jobs, previously only deemed suitable for men. The conditions were harsh and hazardous. They also had to contend with constant air strikes, and many of the women workers did so with the added worry that their children were in another part of the town.

In Shipyard Girls at War it’s now 1941 and it takes strength to work on the docks. But the war demands all hands on deck and the women are doing their best to fill the gap. Rosie is flourishing in her role as head-welder while still keeping her double life a secret. But a dashing detective is forcing Rosie to choose between love and her duty. Gloria, meanwhile, is hiding her own little secret – one that if found out, could not only threaten her job, but her life. And as Polly waits for her man to return home safely, the shipyards are proving tougher than she ever imagined. Join the shipyard girls as they journey through the hardships of life, love and war.

About Nancy Revell

Nancy Revell is a writer and journalist under another name, and has worked for many national newspapers, providing them with hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features. She has also worked for just about every woman’s magazine, writing amazing and inspirational true life stories.

Nancy has recently relocated back to her home town of Sunderland, with her husband Paul and their English Bull Mastiff, Rosie. They live a short walk from the beautiful, award-winning beaches of Roker and Seaburn, within a mile of where The Shipyard Girls series is set. The subject is close to Nancy’s heart as she comes from a long line of shipbuilders, who were well-known in the area. Shipyard Girls at War is Nancy’s second novel, following the success of The Shipyard Girls.

About Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow and now lives very happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon.

He has had a great deal of work produced by The Customs House, South Shields, a venue he regards as home, including the musicals, The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners and plays Ride a White Swan, I Left My Heart In Roker Park, Baby Love, Family Ties, Nothing Like the Wooden Horse, I Love Kent Walton and monologues Five By One, Love in NE32, Secrets and Talking Tom and a play for children, The Girl and the Unicorn.