I intend to use this blog to keep you up to speed with what I am currently on with. I will try and update this regularly, but if you would like more real time information you can follow me on twitter – @mikepannett
For those who are asking, my latest book – Up Beat And Down Dale will be published by Hodder on the 26th July, 2012. If you’re quick you will be able to finish it before the opening ceremony for the Olympics! I will be keeping my events list up to date as and when dates are confirmed for signings of the new book.
I have now started work on the first of my London books which will be based on my Met Police days. I am really excited about this and will keep you updated with how that is progressing. I am looking to publish this book in 2013. The other news on the books front is that we have started work on ‘Pannett’s Yorkshire’ with Country Publications – the aim is to produce a beautiful photographic book which will show the areas I write about in my Yorkshire books.
On Wednesday 9th May I am on the panel at an event at Scarborough to look at Police Reform and the role of the PCC for North Yorkshire.
On Thursday the 10th May I will be returning to London to support my ex colleagues in a police protest. This will see thousands of off duty officers marching in protest at the devastating cuts currently being pursued and proposed by the Government and Tom Windsor. This will be my first ever demo, I never thought I would ever need to take part in one. But the front line Police need all the public support they can gather. If you are not aware of the Windsor recommendations have a look on line for information. This will have implications for everyone, wherever you live.
PS – A big shout out to York City FC who won at Mansfield on Monday to secure their second Wembley appearance of the season. Good luck in the play off final.
It’s been a hectic few weeks planning my summer tour for my new book ‘Up Beat Down Dale.’ The exciting news is that I have teamed up with ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ to launch the book at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. The show runs from Tuesday the 10th July to Thursday the 12th. The Welcome To Yorkshire stand is located in the center of the show ground – stand 635 if you would like to come along and say hello. As an added incentive, I will be handing out my very own branded ‘Yorkshire Tea’ samples to everyone who pops to see me . I will be there every day, with a press and photo call at 11am on the first day. As well as the opportunity to obtain signed copies of the new book, copies of all my books will be available for all 3 days.
Then the fun and games begin! The tour……
Over the summer weeks, I will be doing a series of official book signing events. My intention is to visit as many stores in a 6 week window as humanly possible. These will include Independent books shops as well as Waterstones and WH Smith’s stores. I have listed the events and dates etc under the “Where am I” section of the web site. It would be fantastic to see as many people as possible, and of course, everyone gets a box of Yorkshire Tea! (You should see my garage at home – around 20,000 boxes of tea!! As Mrs P said “I know you like tea Michael, but…..”)
Work still continues on ‘Pannett’s Yorkshire’ which will be out autumn 2013 in hard back. The photographer John Potter is busy taking pics as I speak in all the areas that my books depict. So all very exciting. The sample chapters of my first Met Police book “Without fear or favour” are with my agent who is speaking to publishing houses now. Keep you posted on that front too.
Over the last few weeks I have also been working with BBC TV on a major documentary. It’s called ‘The anniversary of the riot’s’ and is due to be aired in early August. I was first asked to be the policing consultant, but also ended up giving my overview in front of the cameras. I think it was one of the toughest interviews I have ever given. I talked for 70 minutes without a pause, followed by another 30 minutes. They will probably cut it down to 5 minutes, let’s see! I hope the human side of our fantastic front-line police service comes across well to the viewers.
I have been busy again with live interviews on both TV and Radio on all things policing – Policing cuts, Police Crime Commissioners and even the sale of Police Jubilee medals.
If you would like to follow me on twitter – @mikepannett – I give regular updates with where I am and what I am doing. The live stream is also on the home page of this website.
The police are going to be kept busy this summer – the Olympic Games is going to be one of the biggest tests the service will have ever faced. I have just witnessed the Olympic torch pass through North Yorkshire, which was handled brilliantly by the Metropolitan Police and North Yorkshire Police. As I type, it’s half way on its 70 day tour of the UK. Well worth turning out to see.
And finally congratulations to York City FC on not only winning the FA Trophy, but also winning promotion back to the football league. Planning has just been given the nod for a new stadium – so all looking good.