Trevor Wood is judging the Page Turner Writing Award. Trevor has lived in Newcastle for 25 years and considers himself an adopted Geordie, though he still can’t speak the language. He's a successful novelist and playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for 16 years. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA.
His first novel, The Man on the Street, which is set in his home city and features a homeless protagonist who sees a murder, was published in March 2020. Lee Child described it as ‘an instant classic.’ It won the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey New Blood Dagger for best debut and was also selected by Val McDermid for the Theakston’s Crime Festival New Blood panel. The sequel, One Way Street, was released on e-book and audio in October and will be published in hardback in June 2021.
Trevor is one of the founder members of the Northern Crime Syndicate and is a volunteer at the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle, a charity that provides hot meals for more than a hundred people every day.
Having gone through the publication process very recently, and after many setbacks, I know how difficult it is to get on to that first rung of the ladder and would love to give someone else the chance to take that step.