Catch up on Noirwich 2020 and 2021!

All the events from Noirwich 2020 and 2021 are available online and can be watched below.

Day one – Thursday 9 Sept 2021

POSTMORTEM: UEA MA CRIME FICTION ANTHOLOGY 2021 LAUNCH

Join us live for short readings from future stars of the genre at the live online launch of Postmortem, a gripping anthology of crime fiction from this year’s UEA Creative Writing MA. The event will feature an introduction by Elly Griffiths, author of the bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels. The book is available for pre-order from Eggbox Publishing.

‘Within this anthology, you will find wonderful stories that range across this most elastic and enduring of genres.’– Elly Griffiths

Day two – Friday 10 Sept 2021

THE NOIRWICH LECTURE 2021: MEGAN ABBOTT

We are delighted to welcome bestselling and award-winning US author Megan Abbott for the annual Noirwich Lecture; a rich, nuanced, and thoughtful reflection on the ethics and responsibility of the crime writer , and the need to reframe the focus in news journalism. How do we come to the beliefs we hold? Whose point of view is taking centre stage? How does crime writing feed into corrupt systems and which relationships do we need to reassess going forward?

Megan will also discuss true crime in the age of the docuseries. Netflix recently adapted her novel Dare Me, and she has recently worked with David Simon (The Wire) on HBO. Join us for a fascinating look into the current state of documentaries and the explosion in popularity of true crime.

Megan is the award-winning author of nine crime novels, including the just published The Turnout, and the bestselling You Will Know Me and Dare Me. Her work has won or been nominated for the CWA Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and five Edgar awards. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the GuardianParis Review and the Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of hardboiled fiction, and film noir. She received her Ph.D. in American literature from New York University. A writer on HBO’s highly acclaimed The Deuce, she recently served as co-showrunner and co-creator of Dare Me, which completed its first season on the USA Network and Netflix internationally.

Enjoy an evening in the company of one of America’s finest crime novelists, with introduction by Henry Sutton and live Q&A – all from the comfort of home.

Day three – Saturday 11 Sept 2021

KILLER DEBUTS: GREG BUCHANAN, FEMI KAYODE, CATRIONA WARD

The brutal murder of three young students in a Nigerian university town, an English seaside town gripped with panic and paranoia, and an ordinary house on an ordinary street holding an unimaginable darkness….

Discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing from graduates of the University of East Anglia. Emerging crime superstars Greg Buchanan (Sixteen Horses), Femi Kayode (Lightseekers) and Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street) will reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.

The event will be chaired by writer, editor, interviewer and book festival programmer Lee Randall.

MURDER IN TOKYO: DAVID PEACE

We are delighted to welcome David Peace, the award-winning author of the Red Riding Quartet, GB84 and The Damned Utd, for a dissection of his ‘astonishing’ (Guardian) new novel, Tokyo Redux – a thrilling fictionalisation of one of Japan’s most enduring and haunting mysteries.

At the forefront of contemporary international fiction, David is known for his unflinching and highly innovative storytelling. Tokyo Redux is the final instalment in the popular Tokyo Trilogy, which explores the true crimes that shaped Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War.

David will be joined in conversation by Tom Benn to discuss how he balances detailed research with carefully crafted thrills and multi-dimensional characters to create a gripping neo-noir story. They will also look more widely at Peace’s career and how his work has influenced and resonated beyond the page.

Day four – Sunday 12 Sept 2021

BEHIND THE TORN CURTAIN: MARYLA SZYMICZKOWA, ANTONIA LLOYD-JONES

Maryla Szymiczkowa is the pen name of Polish crime writing duo, Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski. Join them in conversation with their translator Antonia Lloyd Jones to celebrate the second book in their thrilling Agatha Christie-style series, Karolina, or the Torn Curtain – a sequel to the tongue-in-cheek mystery, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing.

Set in Poland in 1985 against the backdrop of the women’s cause, Karolina, or the Torn Curtain refuses to turn a blind eye to the injustices and inequalities of its era – and ours. Together, Jacek, Piotr and Antonia will discuss Poland as a setting for crime fiction, how to  strike the balance between humour and darkness, and the process of translation. 

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY: STEPH CHA

Join Steph Cha, author of the explosive novel Your House Will Pay, for a look at how crime writing can interrogate issues of identity, structural injustice and power in the world today.  

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, Your House Will Pay is an unflinching study of the second-generation immigrant experience in the long shadow of the Los Angeles race riots of the 1990s, and the seething injustices of the present day. Attica Locke called it ‘a touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision that tore a hole through an entire city.’

Steph will be joined in conversation by Nathan Ashman, Lecturer in Crime Writing at UEA, to discuss this and her previous trilogy of crime novels featuring her amateur PI Juniper Song. They will also examine the historic relationship between crime fiction and Los Angeles, and the role of the city in her writing.


Day one – Thursday 10 Sept 2020

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 – Friday 11 Sept 2020

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 – Saturday 12 Sept 2020

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 – Sunday 13 Sept 2020

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.

Thank you!

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.

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