Festival Fringe

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival wouldn’t be complete without the Fringe – a programme of additional crime-themed events taking place on and around the festival week.

Check back regularly for new additions and great offers!

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Bannocks and Blood

£2 (including refreshments)
7 – 9pm, Wednesday 13 September
Ground Floor, Norwich Millennium Library

A murder mystery evening in the library! Can you solve a Golden Age era puzzle specially written by Ann Cleeves?

Join us at this Noirwich Crime Writing Festival event and test your ‘little grey cells’!

Refreshments will be available and everyone at the event will be entered into a prize draw.

For more information or to book please call 01603 774703 or email millennium.lib@norfolk.gov.uk



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Body of Evidence: A True Crime Murder That You Must Solve – 15% festival discount!

Thursday 14 September, 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday 15 September, 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 16 September, 10.15am – 8.30pm
Sunday 17 September, 10.15am – 6.30pm
History Mystery, Norwich Guildhall, 1 hour duration

History Mystery escape games are exhilarating real-life history based games for 2 to 7 players, racing against the clock in the historic locations where those true stories actually happened.

In our true crime murder mystery game Body of Evidence, ghastly discoveries on the streets of Victorian Norwich spark a murder hunt. In the Guildhall’s historic cell block, you’re the prime suspect. Can you piece together the clues to convict the murderer and find justice for the victim? This real-life murder lay unsolved for 18 years – you have just 1 hour! To discover more go to historymysteryescape.com.

A special 15% festival discount is available for any Body of Evidence game during the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. Advance online booking is highly recommended to secure the game slot of your choice and use promo code NOIR15 to receive your discount.


Noirwich Book Group: Devices and Desires by P.D. James

Free entry
8.30pm, Thursday 14 September
St Andrew’s Brewhouse, 41 St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR2 4TP

71hfdwqil3lJoin us after Val McDermid’s event for an exclusive book club, upstairs in St Andrew’s Brewhouse on St Andrew’s St!

Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for a relaxed and informal discussion of P.D. James’ detective novel set in Norfolk, Devices and Desires.

Buy a copy of the book here.

About the book

When Commander Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. A serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood and Dalgliesh is drawn into the lives of the headlanders when it quickly becomes apparent that the Whistler isn’t the only murderer at work under the sinister shadow of the power station.

In Devices and Desires, award-winning P. D. James (author of Death Comes to Pemberley, The Murder Room and Children of Men) plots a chilling investigation into the motives of a cold-hearted serial killer. This novel was adapted for BBC television in 1984 and starred Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist Adam Dalgliesh.


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Plotting the Perfect Crime: A Crime Writing Exhibition from the British Archive for Contemporary Writing

Fri 15 Sep (Preview) UEA, Thomas Paine Study Centre Foyer

Tue 19 Sep – Fri 22 Dec, UEA Library Foyer

 Free entry

This archive display, from UEA’s British Archive for Contemporary Writing, offers an exclusive glimpse into the minds of some of our greatest crime writers.

How does the crime writer orchestrate a myriad of subplots towards the book’s devastating conclusion? How does a literary writer like Robert Edric  navigate the challenge of writing a crime novel? The material on display reveals the creative process behind bestselling thrillers and detective fiction. It presents previously unseen material such as chapter plans, manuscript drafts and the tools of restructuring and redrafting.

Don’t miss an exclusive preview of the exhibition, available to ticket holders for the Arne Dahl and Martina Cole events on Friday 15 September. Book tickets now >>


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Andrew Hook at Plumstead Library

Free entry (donations to the library welcome)
1 – 3pm, Saturday 16 September
Plumstead Road Library

Andrew Hook is a UK author with over one hundred published short stories and the neo-noir-novels The Immortalists and Church of Wire.  He has also edited a collection of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing and is co-editor of irrealist magazine, Fur-Lined Ghettos.

Join Andrew for readings and discussion about his work and the neo-noir genre.

Booking is essential. Please visit, call 01603 433455 or email plumstead.road.lib@norfolk.gov.uk


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The Noirwich Quiz!

£5 per team (up to five people per team)
9.15 – 11pm, Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre Bar

Come along to a special crime-themed book lovers’ quiz in honour of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival!

The Noirwich Quiz isn’t the sort of literary test that only English professors can pass. It’s fun, friendly, and accessible for all. There’ll be six rounds of book-themed questions with prizes for the winners of each round in addition to the overall winning team.

The Noirwich Quiz promises to be an evening of fun and friendly competition– book your table now to show off your book knowledge!

Tickets for the quiz are £5 per team of up to 5 people.

To book your table please email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk


'Real God's Require Blood'

Real Gods Require Blood

Free entry
3pm, Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

Manchester, England 1990. On a troubled estate, Alice is roped into babysitting for her neighbour, whose children claim to feed a nightly visitor from Hell. Between gangland tensions, local superstition and drug withdrawal, Alice must decide whether to abandon her new wards or stay the night.

Chosen as ‘Critic’s Choice’ at Cannes Film Festival, this ground-breaking short film, scripted by local crime writer Tom Benn, is a shocking gothic crime drama set in a Manchester of the recent past.

Suitable for ages 15+.

**Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2017 – Critics’ Week – Short Film Competition**

‘Chamber trouble: Tom Benn on scripting his first short, Real Gods Require Blood’ (BFI, 2017)

Tom Benn will be in conversation with Matthew Holness, best known for co-creating the Channel 4 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. There will also be a preview of his film, Possum.

‘EXCLUSIVE: Bankside boards sales on UK horror film backed by Ingenious, Creative England’ (Screen Daily, 2016)


Andrew Hook & Charlie Flowers

Free entry (donations to the library welcome)
6 – 8pm, Tuesday 19 September
St. Williams Way Library

Andrew Hook is a UK author with over one hundred published short stories and the neo-noir-novels The Immortalists and Church of Wire.  He has also edited a collection of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing and is co-editor of irrealist magazine, Fur-Lined Ghettos.

Charlie Flowers is the author of the Rizwan Sabir thriller series, recounting the adventures of MOD investigator Riz Sabir and his other half Holly “Bang-Bang” Kirpachi, and their run-ins with Islamist terrorists, far-right extremists, gangsters, serial killers, and much more. The novels in the Riz series are: Hard Kill, Danger CloseKill Order, Battle Come Down, Murder Most Rural, Banger, and The Boldest Measures.

Join Andrew and Charlie for readings and discussion about their work.

Booking is essential. Please visit, call 01603 434123 or email st.williams.way.lib@norfolk.gov.uk