Podcast: Ones to Watch

Hear Abir Mukherjee, A.A.Dhand and Michelle Davies discuss the secrets behind finding inspiration, planning and writing a debut novel, getting an agent and how they got their big breaks. Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2016.

Fresh Blood!

Ayo Onatade is a freelance crime fiction critic and commentator. She reviews, writes, interviews and blogs on all things crime fiction related. Find her @shotsblog.


I am fairly certain that all debut writers get the jitters when it comes to people reading their work or when they are in a room full of people about to be probed as to why they wrote the novel, why that particular genre and if the book is in fact any good.

This year I shall be interviewing three different crime writers whose debut novels have all been making major waves within the crime fiction community for various reasons for the Fresh Blood event at the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. Continue reading

Crossing the divide

Harriet Tyce considers the long and complicated relationship between crime and literary fiction.


The divide between crime and ‘literary’ fiction goes way back. Dorothy B. Hughes wrote In a Lonely Place in 1947, and it’s a masterpiece, in my view.  The first example of narration from the point of view of a serial killer, written at least five years before Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, it would not surprise me at all to discover that Patricia Highsmith borrowed much inspiration from the anti-hero, Dix Steele, in her creation of Tom Ripley. Continue reading

Interview with Peter James

Peter James headlined the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival in 2016 to discuss his book Love You Dead. Here we have an exclusive interview with Peter in which he talks about his work, his inspiration and how digital technology has benefited his writing.

Introducing Noirwich 2017

The line-up for this year’s Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has been announced, marking the return of Val McDermid alongside an incredible collection of genre heavyweights including Martina Cole, Arne Dahl and Anthony Horowitz. As the festival enters its fourth year, co-director and UEA senior lecturer Henry Sutton reveals the motivations behind creating the festival. Continue reading