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

Introducing our Noirwich blogger-in-residence

The countdown to Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has begun! With over 20 headline and fringe events taking place across the city, it’s the biggest and bloodiest festival yet.

Our blogger-in-residence for the weekend is Jamie Bernthal, a private researcher for the bestselling crime novelist Sophie Hannah. Jamie recently completed his PhD thesis on Agatha Christie and is the author of critical work including Queering Agatha Christie (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). In this introductory blog, he looks forward to the week ahead and highlights some of the events he is most excited about. Follow Jamie on Twitter @jcbernthal

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On Ian Fleming and James Bond

Dr Matthew Woodcock is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia – and a lifelong James Bond fan. Hear him in conversation with bestselling Young Bond author Charlie Higson  on Friday 16 September at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, where they will discuss 007, the place of thriller vis-à-vis crime writing and the challenges of writing for a young adult audience.

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