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Val Wood has sold over 1.5 million books worldwide, and is the author of over 20 romantic historical novels including her latest, Little Girl Lost.  After winning the inaugural Catherine Cookson Prize in 1992 with her bestseller The Hungry Tide her success as a historical romantic writer was firmly cemented and she continues to release titles on an annual basis and her back catalogue is also being reissued for a new generation of readers.


The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing was founded in 2013, now an annual event in conjunction with Hull Libraries and in 2012 launched the Val Wood Trail, an interactive trail to promote tourism in Hull and East Yorkshire, the areas in which her books are set.


Val works closely with many charities including Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB) and MIND and is the local patron of Home Start (Hull) and The Friends of Hull Memory Clinic. Val believes that independent bookstores are vital to communities and is a supporter of the Books Are My Bag campaign, an initiative that encourages a lasting love of reading in children and adults.