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Established 10 years ago, the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest-growing literary festivals in the UK.

Many incredible crime writers have attended the festival, including Val McDermid, Yelena Moskovich, Vaseem Khan, Janice Hallett, Bella Mackie, Attica Locke, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Louise Doughty, James Runcie, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Anthony Horowitz, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and Benjamin Black.

Noirwich is about the reading and the writing of crime fiction. We explore how the genre works and where it is going, thanks to our unique connection with the University of East Anglia’s creative writing department. Noirwich is part of a vibrant, world-leading crime writing studies ecosystem, centred at UEA. 

The University of East Anglia took the lead on Noirwich festival programming and production in 2022, having previously worked in conjunction with The National Centre for Writing from 2015-2021.

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