TIME is running out to book places for a talk by a leading author later this month.

Gervase Phinn, whose latest book Head Over Heals in the Dales is receiving national acclaim, will be giving a lecture at Hartlepool Historic Quay on Wednesday, July 17, at 7pm.

A former teacher and schools inspector, he is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, as well as a visiting professor of education at the University of Teesside.

In common with his best-selling books, his talk, called A Future in Education, is expected to be humorous, thought-provoking and packed with anecdotes.

Organised by Hartlepool Borough Council's Excellence in Cities initiative, the event is free but places must be booked.

For more details, contact Pam McLaughlin on 01429 284121.