On the book front: Great news!
I am delighted to announce the publication of my 1st hardback photographic book called “Mike Pannett’s Yorkshire.” It will take readers on a personal photographic tour of my home county of Yorkshire, and show the real-life places depicted in my series of books.
I have spent over a year working with the brilliant photographer John Potter (http://www.jpotter-landscape-photographer.com/) revisiting my favourite places from the past which hold special memories for me, and some of the locations & people I encountered whilst serving with North Yorkshire Police, both on and off duty.
It was such an honour when Country Publications (www.dalesman.co.uk) approached me to produce such a book. I really hope you enjoy it. The publication date is the 1st October 2013 and it will be available at all good book shops, or on-line from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mike-Pannetts-Yorkshire-Real-life-Bestselling/dp/1855683121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376494459&sr=8-1&keywords=mike+pannett+yorkshire) RRP £9.99, current special offer from Amazon £7.99
Double good news on the books front!
I have just signed a contract to write my childhood memoirs! Again this will be with Country publications. It will depict my early life growing up in York, before moving to the sticks where anything and everything seemed to happen. It will be warm, humours and uplifting but will also show the human side of family life’s ‘Ups and downs’. I have already written a sample chapter, and the synopsis, and am delighted to say we are all very excited about this project! The release date will be on or around the 1st of October 2014, again in hardback format.
My 1st London book “Without fear or favour” has taken a temporary slot on the back burner. This is now looking like having an early 2015 publication date. I really don’t want to rush this book, and it will mean a lot of travelling down to London to get it right. I also have perhaps one more book in the “Now then lad” series up my sleeve, so plenty to be on with.
I have also just stepped into the world of “Consultation” to keep me in the loop on policing and public engagement:
I am really pleased to be assisting Sepura Ltd (www.sepura.com) who are a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of digital radios, infrastructure and applications. They provide specialist solutions for the public safety (police-ambulance) transportation, oil and gas, mining, utilities, industrial and other commercial sectors. My role is to assist with innovative ideas and solutions that enhance police officer safety, as well as driving efficiency. I am particularly delighted with this role, because it also keeps me in regular contact with police officers of all ranks and roles, up and down the country.
I am also assisting the Environment Agency in Yorkshire on a short term contact. My role is one of public engagement with communities that may be affected in the future with such things as flash floods, pandemics etc. It’s all about been prepared, and how to reduce the impact these unlikely events bring.
As you will all be aware, I continue to give live TV and radio interviews at both a regional and national level on difficult issues surrounding the role of our police service in the UK. These can often be very challenging! As someone once said, its “Not for the faint hearted.” Going forward I hope to have the opportunity to speak about my books, which will be certainly be easier and more “Up beat” J
I continue to give talks to various groups and organisations and I am looking forward to being a guest speaker with the legendary Dicky Bird at the Hull and East Yorkshire Literary Festival in September. I will be out and about promoting Mike Pannett’s Yorkshire from October through to Christmas – all the events will be listed on this website, I might see you at one.
On that note the paperback RRP £7.99 version of “Up Beat Down Dale” was released on Thursday the 20th of June 2013. For info and to buy online for just £5.99, click this link –> http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beat-Down-Dale-Yorkshire-Countryside/dp/1444708988/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_bsnr_2