Pauline Kirk

Pauline M Kirk

Author, Poet and Publisher       

Cover Poetic JusticeCA18 Finalist Logos 12 Cropped -  WritingIn July 2018 the fourth DI Ambrose Novel, Poetic Justice, was published in collaboration with my lawyer Daughter, Jo Summers.

In Poetic Justice the judge of a poetry competition is murdered in his bookshop so Ambrose and his team have to disentangle the complex relationships between the victim, the other judges and events that occurred in Guernsey during the preceding war.

More about DI Ambrose and my role as one half of PJ Quinn can be found here. See the PJ Quinn Site which also introduces you the town of Chalk Heath where DI Ambrose is stationed.

Click here for a review of Close Disharmony.

Skull Days

On the sixth of February 2023 we delivered the initial typescript of Skull Days to our publisher. This, of course, leads to a flurry of revisions and projects to prepare the book for printing. As soon as the publisher finalises the cover I will offer a taster on here. This is the first DI Ambrose novel to be formally distributed by national and international distributors so things take a lot longer than they used to: the benefit is that Skull Days will be available for preorder in June or July even though its launch is not until October.

Border 7

Border 7 CoverIn March 2015 the long awaited companion novel to The Keepers, Border 7, was published. Border 7 imagines a world where the power of corporations has eclipsed that of sovereign nations. People can now live in corporation managed enclaves, in return for a lifetime contract, but as Jude discovers they are not necessarily safe... Although set in the future, Border 7 is rooted firmly in a present day context.

An audio version which I recorded myself is now available on Amazon Audible.

I am pleased to find that The Keepers readers have found Border 7 and are enjoying this book too.

I am available for readings of my poetry around York, Leeds, North and West Yorkshire, both as an individual poet and as a member of the York Exhibitionists, the Grey Hen Press or the Pennine Poets.

As editor of Fighting Cock Press I also organise launch events for our new publications. Announcements go out of date too quickly, so if you are interested in what I am doing, or would like me to offer a reading, please email me. I will be delighted to join you.


During Lockdown my publisher offered to rerelease my earlier novels: Waters of Time and The Keepers. These are now available with wonderful new covers.

WoT CM 6-4 P5
Keepers CM 6-5 P2 front

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