HORRIBLE Histories man Terry Deary is coming home.
The Wearside-born author behind the bestselling series of children’s books is bringing his one-man show to Sunderland Minster next month.
Terry said he was delighted to get the chance to perform on home turf and raise funds for a very worthy cause into the bargain.
“It is the first time I have performed at the Minster,” he said. “I opened their fete just before Christmas, and they asked if I would come back and do a show that would raise funds for the Minster, which is a marvellous building and should be preserved.
“It will be so lovely to be with people who, when I ask ‘Where are you from?’ and they say ‘Hylton Castle’, I actually know where that is.”
Terry said the show promises to have something for everyone.
“I am going to be doing my roadshow, which is stories, songs, audience participation and bad – I mean really good – jokes, then a question-and-answer session, then a signing for anyone who wants it,” he said.
Terry started out as an actor before he was an author, and it was while performing with Theatre Powys in Wales that he first began to dabble in writing, producing scripts for the company.
One of the most successful was a children’s show called The Custard Kid, and when the run ended, Terry turned his script into his first novel. The book was published by A&C Black, which is still publishing his books 35 years later. Terry has since written more than 100 novels and a wide range of a range of non-fiction titles, and, of course, the Horrible Histories, which have made him one of Britain’s biggest literary names.
Terry still keeps his hand in as an actor. He was thrilled to be invited to appear as his own historical hero, the Venerable Bede, in the TV series – and hopes next month’s show will be a major boost to Minster funds.
Terry will be appearing at the Minster from 7pm on Saturday, July 13. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for under-16s and concessions, and are available from the Minster office or shop between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Saturday.
Reservations can also be made by phone on 565 4066 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org