Pauline Kirk

Pauline M Kirk

Pauline organises and participates in a regular programme of events throughout the year. Pauline works closely with York Explore Libraries providing a variety of opportunities for readers and writers to enjoy her work. As editor of the Fighting Cock Press and as an organiser of the Pennine Poets Pauline regularly hosts events throughout Yorkshire and the North of England. She can also be found working with publishers of her work as both Pauline Kirk and as PJ Quinn. Pauline is also a member of the Dream Catcher Editorial Board and of the York Spoken Word Exhibitionists travelling poetry team.

Upcoming Events

Close Disharmony: A DI Ambrose Mystery - York Launches

Stairwell Books invite you to celebrate the launch of Close Disharmony, the third DI Ambrose Mystery by PJ Quinn.  PJ Quinn is the pen name of York poet and novelist Pauline Kirk and her daughter Jo Summers. Set in the 1950’s the DI Ambrose novels take us back to a period of great change that seems like an era ago, with the latest novel concerning murder in a close-harmony choir.

There will be two events – come to either or both!

Tuesday 28th October, Dringhouses Library, 7.00-8.30 pm.

Hear about the book, with readings and a talk from Pauline and Jo, ask questions and buy a copy of your own at a special launch :price. Tickets 4, including a glass of wine/soft drink. Dringhouses Library, 56 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1LR. Tel  01904 552674 or email

Thursday 30th October, at The Gilly Gate, Gillygate, York, from 7.30 p.m.

Join us for a Fifties and Sixties evening, with live music by the Lennanshees and Two Black Sheep and a Stallion, plus acted readings. You are invited to come in costume and there will be a prize for the best vintage outfit. Books will be available at a discount. Tickets at the door 3.00. Bar available.

Previous Events

Writing as PJ Quinn, Pauline is currently involved in launch events for Close Disharmony: a DI Ambrose Mystery.

On February 21st 2013, as part of the York Literature Festival, there was a celebration at the Hotel du Vin, The Mount, York to launch the second DI Ambrose story, Poison Pen. As the DI Ambrose series is set in the 1950's, ‘fifties costume was worn by many of the attendees and they were so good that two prizes were given. Steve Cassidy, who has worked with John Barry and other big names, played '50's and 60's numbers, and he recounted his experiences working on the same stage as The Shadows, Buddy Holly and other well known stars of the period. There were acted readings from the novel.

Throughout 2011 and 2012 launch events for Foul Play and Poison Pen took place in Saltaire (as part of the Saltaire Festival) London, Ockley (Surrey), York, East Grinstead and Malton.

With Close Disharmony due out in early 2014 look out for more DI Ambrose events in the run up to the launch.

As an individual writer, during the past year (2012-13) Pauline has performed regularly in York and the wider Yorkshire area. As her poems and stories have been published in a number of anthologies, she has also joined other writers taking part in promotional events, including the launch of the York 800 celebratory anthology, York: poetry artwork and photographs published by Stairwell Books and York City Council.

Other events include a talk on 'why I write' to the Cordwainers Guild and friends at Bedern Hall; a reading in the Leeds Central Library Exhibition Room, and a Mystery and Aloe evening  as a  fundraiser for Dringhouses Community Hall.

In July 2013 Versions of the North: Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry, an anthology edited by Ian  Parks, and published by Five Leaves Press was launched at York Explore. Readers: Pat Borthwick, Joanna Ezekiel and Pauline Kirk from York as well as South Yorkshire poets  Helen Mort and Ian Parks took part. Versions of the North has received excellent reviews in theYorkshire Post and On-Line.

As editor of Fighting Cock Press in 2012 Pauline organised a 'Pennine Poets and Friends' reading and open mic during the York Literature Festival. She also took part in the Ilkley Festival Fringe, organising an event called 'Four Fighting Cocks', during which she read with Rose Drew, Alan Gillott and Colin Speakman.

Please contact Pauline for further details


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