A GOLDEN Valley-based author has teamed up with other famous names to raise money for an international charity.

Phil Rickman, the author of the popular Merrily Watkins series, has contributed to a compilation of short crime stories that will be launched at the Hay Festival, which ends on June 1.

The Oxcrimes collection will raise money for aid and development charity, Oxfam.

The collection also includes short stories by Neil Gaiman, Anthony Horowitz, Ian Rankin and more and is available from all Oxfam book shops.