Sad news reached me at Byker Towers last week regarding the passing of my friend Sheila Quigley. She helped massively in the establishing of Byker Books and the Radgepacket series when, as an established and successful, author she really didn't need to. She badgered shops to stock our books and host our launches (and make sure we got paid!) She shared her contacts and also, crucially, gave this council-estate hobo the encouragement (and occasional kick up the arse!) to try something out of his comfort zone and I'll always be grateful.
Rest easy mate, you'll be greatly missed.