Nordic lunch date for East Riding author

A writer, English teacher and musician from East Yorkshire will tell tales from his travels in Denmark when he speaks at a Nordic cultural centre in Hull later this month.

Chris Speck with his Hull-based gangland thriller Avenue Cars.

Chris Speck will also talk about the follow-up to his latest a gangland thriller, his plans for a seafaring novel and his sideline playing washboard in skiffle group Black Kes.

After graduating in philosophy Chris spent twenties travelling the world, first as a guitar teacher in Denmark, and then teaching English in countries as diverse as Hungary, Spain and Papua New Guinea, before returning to East Yorkshire.

He said: “I lived in Denmark for about six months after I finished university. I went there as a guitar teacher and found most of the students played better than I did so I became an English teacher instead.”

Chris will speak after the monthly Scandinavian-themed lunch at Nordic House in Hull’s Danish Church in Osborne Street on Saturday 30 September.

He will talk about Avenue Cars, a gangland thriller which is his latest book and is set in Hull, and about the as yet untitled follow-up.

He will also share details of plans for a pre-Christmas addition to his North Burton trilogy The Crown, which is set in Skidby in 1741 and will see the main character, Richie Turpin, inventing the Yorkshire pudding.

Chris said: “I’ll also talk about my time growing up in Cherry Burton and Beverley, and about my upcoming seafaring novel set in 1914 pitting a Hull trawler against a German U-boat.”

The lunch will begin at midday and is priced at £8 per person. The talk is free and will begin at about 1:30pm.

To book, call 01482 225469 or email Charlotte Theill, manager of Nordic House and  the Danish Church, at