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The Crusaders

The Crusaders

Author(s): Richard T Kelly

Location(s): Newcastle upon Tyne

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

It is set in Newcastle in 1996 and follows a young Anglican clergyman who returns to his native North East to plant a new church in a deprived area and the interesting characters he meets in the process.

As well as its Newcastle setting, another element which roots the book firmly in Tyneside is the use of Geordie dialect.

Kelly said: “The reason I felt assured is that Geordie is very much alive in the culture with things like the writing of Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais and Viz.”

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

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