Wigan crime writer’s novel to inspire new work of art from Birmingham
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In a combination of their creative talents, three members of the group are to paint their interpretations of the Standish writer’s latest thriller entitled Never Seen Again.
Artists Paula Gabb, Helen Roberts and Helen Owen are now working furiously on their picture ideas, with the winning painting to be judged by Mr Finch at the Velvet Music Rooms in Broad Street, Birmingham some time in November.
The successful artist will receive a prize of £500, with £250 each to the two runners-up, while Mr Finch gets to keep the winning painting.
The competition idea followed Mr Finch taking part in a Meet the Author event in July, hosted by Lorraine Olley, wife of BID general manager Mike Olley, as part of the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival.
Former police officer and journalist Mr Finch said: “I happened to mention that my wife Cathy and I are fine art collectors, although strictly amateur.
"Mike showed me the painting of the Black Sabbath Bridge, which really impressed me, and I said it had long been my ambition to commission artists to paint interpretations of my books.
“So, Mike mentioned this Birmingham art group and suggested having a contest.
"I’m not looking for alternative book covers, or film-style advertising posters, I would just love someone to do an interpretation of one of my books.
“It is two forms of artistic expression coming together.
"There is no input from me, other than they have to read the book.
"I just love the idea of an artist reading my book and then creating a painting, condensing 130,000 words into one canvas."
Mr Finch added: "The competition is a wonderful idea and it would be glorious to have the original winning painting.”
Never Seen Again, published by Orion, tells a story of redemption about a former top crime reporter who messes up a police operation with fateful consequences.