Noirwich Live

Join us after hours at Dragon Hall for some drinks, micro readings, and crime fiction-flavoured chat. An ideal chance to meet and mingle with the writers, readers and fans who all make Noirwich such a special festival.

Free entry please book in advance

with Simone Buchholz and Antti Tuomainen

Simone Buchholz and Antti Tuomainen are two pillars of the Euro Noir community, penning some of the darkest, grittiest and most riveting crime thrillers of recent years. We are delighted to welcome Simone from Germany and Antti from Finland to dissect their latest novels in translation, their use of grisly detail or dark humour, and why they think European crime fiction is one of the most electrifying and successful genres in the world.

Denise Mina has been described as ‘one of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past 20 years’. Twice the winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, she is best known for her popular Detective Alex Morrow series and The Long Drop, a true crime story about Glaswegian serial killer Peter Manuel.

Join us for a dissection of her latest novel Conviction; a fast-paced and compulsive tale of a true crime podcast, a sunken yacht and a murder in the Mediterranean, which showcases her discerning eye for great fictional and true crime stories.

A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you’ll devour Conviction’ – Erin Kelly

Beneath the sparkling facades of the world’s greatest cities there lies a web of secrecy, duality and social tension fit for any fictional crime scene. Join Leye Adenle (The Beautiful Side of the Moon), Sarah Hilary (Someone’s Else’s Skin) and Vaseem Khan (Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series) as they probe the dirty underbelly of big cities and examine why built-up landscapes, such as Mumbai, Lagos, and London, make for such compelling criminal settings.

Louise Doughty is the author of the smash-hit Apple Tree Yard, a Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling novel and flagship BBC One four-part series starring Emily Watson. The multi award-winning writer and UEA alumna returns to Norwich for the launch of her latest book Platform Seven; a gripping, brilliant, original and eerily-timely story set at night in an empty railway station.

‘Louise Doughty leads her unnerved readers into dark territory.’ – Hilary Mantel

‘Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to breaking point.’ – The Times

A Gothic murder mystery set in Georgian London, a charming TV personality with a suspicious past and a shocking tragedy at a university campus…discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing. Emerging crime superstars Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and Kate Weinberg will reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.

Family secrets, illicit passions and dark psychological torment…where is the suspense novel heading next? Three pioneers of Domestic Noir – Julia Crouch (Cuckoo, Her Husband’s Lover), Lisa Jewell (The Girls, Then She Was Gone) and Erin Kelly (He Said/She Said) – take us on a journey through their latest thrilling novels and offer insight into how they cook up the surprise twists you never see coming.

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