‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]


Be afraid …

Posted on Sep 28, 2022 in Teeth and Hair, The Canterville Ghost | 6 Comments

Writing is a solitary occupation and like many writers I welcome a reason to get out of the house, whether it is to a CWA conference, Crimefest, or a book launch. I am especially thrilled to be heading to Newcastle at the end of October to the wonderful Lit and Phil, to listen to one of my stories being read by a professional actor as part of The Border Readers live readings of ghost stories.

‘Teeth and Hair’ was published a couple of years ago in The New Abject: Tales of Modern Unease (Comma Press, 2022). I love a good ghost story, and it was a lot of fun writing this one. Young live-in nanny, Nell, is looking after eleven year old Polly over a long hot summer. Polly’s mother died the year before, but has she really gone …? .

The other stories on the bill are ‘The Canterville Ghost’ by Oscar Wilde and – a favourite of mine – ‘The Demon Lover’ by Elizabeth Bowen, so I am in illustrious company.

If you live in the north east and you fancy a fright and a good evening out, here is where you can find The Border Readers and how to buy a ticket for one of their performances.


  1. Margot Kinberg
    September 28, 2022

    Oh, sounds lovely! I hope it all goes brilliantly. I only wish I could be there.

  2. Richard
    September 29, 2022

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I hope there are shivers-a-plenty down many spines.

  3. Moira@Clothes in Books
    October 4, 2022

    This sounds great, and what a fabulous idea for an event. Hope it goes well and the audiences aren’t too spooked!

    • Christine Poulson
      October 4, 2022

      Really looking forward to it, Moira! The Lit and Phil is a marvellously atmospheric venue, too.


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