Catch up on Noirwich 2020!

All the events from Noirwich 2020 are available online and can be watched below, including Attica Locke’s astonishing and timely lecture on property, power and prejudice.

Day one

VIRTUAL RESIDENCY: PADDY RICHARDSON

Noirwich 2020 was online, which means all the author events can still be accessed for free on YouTube and on the National Centre for Writing podcast. We kicked off with an interview with Paddy Richardson, one of our ‘virtual’ writers in residence. Paddy was talking from Dunedin in New Zealand to our programme director Peggy Hughes.

PREMEDITATED: LAUNCH OF THE UEA CREATIVE WRITING MA CRIME FICTION ANTHOLOGY 2020

Tune in for short readings from future stars of the genre at the live online launch of Premeditated, a gripping anthology of crime fiction from this year’s UEA Creative Writing MA. Featuring a foreword by William Shaw and introduction by Julia Crouch, the book is available for pre-order from Eggbox Publishing.

‘The best crime fiction leans into the darkest and the noblest parts of humanity, and can take us into all areas of society – from inner city council estate to remote Greek island, from outwardly innocent English suburbia to raw, Australian outback. You’ll find all of that in here, and more.’ – Julia Crouch, introduction to Premeditated

Day two

VIRTUAL RESIDENCY: ANITA TERPSTRA

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival continues with Anita Terpstra joining the National Centre for Writing’s podcast from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to discuss her crime writing. Talking with Flo Reynolds, Anita reveals her path to becoming published and how keeping the faith and continuing to write are essential. It’s an inspiring and positive conversation.

JILL DAWSON AND TREVOR WOOD IN CONVERSATION

Celebrating 50 years of UEA’s Creative Writing programme and the outstanding alumni, faculty and fellows who have gone on to shape the literary landscape of the UK and beyond. Jill Dawson, award-winning author of The Language of Birds and The Crime Writer, will be joined by acclaimed debut novelist Trevor Wood for an exploration of their crime novels and the process behind their writing. Jill was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Creative Writing Fellow at UEA and Trevor is a graduate of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). Their discussion will be chaired by Henry Sutton, Director of Creative Writing at UEA and convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction).

NOIRWICH LECTURE 2020: ATTICA LOCKE

We are delighted to welcome award-winning US author and screenwriter Attica Locke for the annual Noirwich Lecture, in which she will explore the ways that crime writing can challenge the distribution of power and authority at a structural and individual level. Drawing on examples from her own career and writing, including the Highway 59 novels, she will also reflect on how stories and characters can pull back the veil on some forms of hidden power. 

Attica’s most recent novel, Heaven, My Home, is an expertly-crafted thriller mystery, but also a sharp examination of ‘Trump-era’ America and issues of race, power, prejudice and white supremacy which still exist today. Her recent work as a television writer and producer includes When They See Us (Netflix); a portrayal of the 1990 wrongful conviction of five teenage boys from Harlem for a brutal attack in Central Park; and Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime).

Day three

THE LOST AND THE DAMNED: OLIVIER NOREK

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into one of Paris’ toughest suburbs courtesy of award-winning French novelist and writer on the hit series Spiral, Olivier Norek. Olivier’s first novel in translation, The Lost and the Damned, is a suspenseful police procedural which draws on the author’s own experience as a police officer. It will be released in November this year.

Olivier will be joined in conversation by his translator Nick Caistor, and together they will discuss his new novel, the French justice system, the process of being translated and why France is producing some of the highest calibre crime writing in the world. 

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER: OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE

How far would you go for family? We dig deep into the dark psychology of deadly siblings Korede and Ayoola in Oyinkan Braithwaite’s blackly comic thriller My Sister, the Serial Killer; a ‘literary sensation’ (Guardian) which was awarded the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2020, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019. 

Oyinkan will be in conversation with debut crime novelist Femi Kayode about the huge success of her novel, her writing process and crime fiction in Nigeria. We’ll also be asking her what it means to be a crime writer in 2020, and how she feels about being called a ‘literary’ genre writer. 

Day four

PODCAST: POIROT – THE GREATEST DETECTIVE IN THE WORLD

Bringing together two of Hercule Poirot’s biggest fans for a conversation spanning the 100-year history of one of Agatha Christie’s most beloved creations. From the original novels, short stories and plays through to adaptations for stage, screen and radio – how has Poirot changed over the years, what makes him so compelling, and what will he look like in another century’s time?

Mark Aldridge is a lecturer, film historian and author of the definitive book about Agatha Christie’s book adaptations on film and television, Agatha Christie on Screen. His upcoming book Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World (released October 2020) is a lively and accessible history of the world’s favourite fictional detective. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime author and has written a series of ‘continuation novels’ based on Hercule Poirot: The Monogram Murders, Closed Casket, The Mystery of Three Quarters and the upcoming The Killings at Kingfisher Hill.

Noirwich will return in September 2021

2020 was a challenging year for everyone and we’re very grateful to the artists and audiences who helped make this year’s online festival such a success. We’ll be back in 2021 and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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