The Noirwich Lecture 2021: Megan Abbott

Friday 10 September, 7-8.30pm BST, online, free

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 Guardian, Paris 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.

Megan Abbott 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.

‘There is not a writer alive who is better at investigating the tension and threat of violence at the centre of women’s lives than Megan Abbott.’

— Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird and Heaven, My Home

‘Abbott is a legend for good reason. No one combines the style of classic noir with the psyches of sophisticated men and women who are willing to do anything — anything — to succeed better than Abbott.’

— The Washington Post

‘Megan Abbott manages to be a master of suspense, a gifted literary novelist, and a brilliant voice on gender, power and obsession, all at once.’

— J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions and Maine

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