Workshop: How to craft a gripping spy thriller

Learn from one of the great spy thriller writers of our time – a master of sardonic wit and edge-of-your-seat storytelling who is often compared to John le Carré and Len Deighton. Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, will share his incomparable insights into crafting a compelling plot that will keep your reader hooked from the first page.

Offer: Purchase a combined package of Claire and Mick Herron’s workshops for £70!

This two-hour workshop is running twice throughout the day: 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.

Bird watching and detective work share a similar set of skills: methodical planning, close observation, and an acceptance that you may always be on the outside looking in. Our fascinating evening of ‘eco crime’ continues with Steve Burrows and James Henry, two acclaimed crime writers with a passion for birdwatching and ornithology. Steve is the author of the Birder Murder series featuring Norfolk police inspector and birder Domenic Jejeune. James’ most recent novel Yellowhammer was inspired by his favourite pastime in Essex.

In collaboration with the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW)

Friday ticket holders will have access to an archive exhibition revealing the creative process behind the work of two major writers pushing the genre into exciting new terrain: Louise Doughty and Denise Mina.

Image (c) Joanna Millington

Focusing on the facts behind the threat of climate change and how they have been used to inspire fascinating crime fiction, our expert panel features Corinne Le Quéré CBE, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science , and Dr Ben Smith, lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth and author of the speculative ‘mystery’ novel Doggerland. Together they will discuss the threat of nature, the growing popularity of ‘eco-crime’ fiction and how debate around environmental degradation could open up new creative avenues in your writing.

We are delighted to welcome George Alagiah for the annual Noirwich Lecture, in which he will explore violence, greed and corruption in relation to his highly anticipated crime novel The Burning Land. Reflecting on the urgent, real-life impact of environmental change on some of the world’s poorest countries and the fight for resources, he will also discuss the subsequent rise in radical action.

George’s lecture will draw on a career at the BBC spanning over 30 years. As the current presenter of the BBC News at Six and previously as an award-winning BBC Foreign Correspondent he has covered genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Afghanistan and Liberia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the 9/11 terror attacks.

A chance to enjoy an evening in the company of one of the nation’s foremost journalists who has genuine insight on the state we find ourselves in.

Creating memorable characters with Claire McGowan

Learn how to develop a compelling lead character for your crime fiction – with the potential to carry a series – in this bitesize writing workshop from Claire McGowan. Delve deep into the psyche of your heroes and villains, and gain practical advice on how to construct scenes with emotional depth and range.

Claire is a writer and teacher whose highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series has been described as ‘weird, intriguing, gripping and original’. Her latest crime novel, What You Did, will be published in August 2019.

Offer: Purchase a combined package of Claire and Mick Herron’s workshops for £70!

This two-hour workshop is running twice throughout the day: 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.

Image (c) Alan Harbord

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