Here’s an exclusive new interview with Ian Rankin, who we talked to during Noirwich 2016.
This year’s crime writing exhibition from the British Archive for Contemporary Writing reveals the intricate planning behind some of our greatest contemporary crime novels, with material from Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Robert Edric – author of a crime trilogy set in Hull, this year’s City of Culture.
Here, UEA archivist Justine Mann, introduces her personal highlights.
Nick Quantrill is the author of the Joe Geraghty trilogy – Broken Dreams (2010), The Late Greats (2012) and The Crooked Beat (2013) – in addition to Bang Bang You’re Dead (2012) and The Dead Can’t Talk (2016). He lives in Hull.
There’s something about places next to water which gives them a different resonance. Whether that’s through geography and landscape, or the often transient nature of populations and goods, dark thoughts and deeds often come to the fore. They’re different in feel and tone, and that makes them fertile ground for crime writers.
Cathi Unsworth is journalist, editor and one of England’s best-known crime writers. Here, she tells the story of the creation of Derek Raymond’s novel I Was Dora Suarez, and the journey that led to its unique musical interpretation with the Terry Edwards band.
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.
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
In our new video we talk to Charlie Higson about writing the young James Bond and his take on Fleming’s work.
Our latest podcast features Duncan Campbell, Jane Corry and Kate Rhodes discussing their approach to research and where fact meets fiction.
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