Five tips on embarking into the dark heart of crime fiction

Steph McKenna - 2021.09.07

Five tips on embarking into the dark heart of crime fiction

Fiction writing advice from Mary Paulson-Ellis, the award-winning author of The Other Mrs Walker.

Essential, gripping true crime reads

Steph McKenna - 2021.08.27

Essential, gripping true crime reads

Paul Willetts, the critically acclaimed author of King Con and Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms, recommends six essential true crime reads for readers and writers.

Win a crime fiction book bundle

roisin - 2021.08.19

Win a crime fiction book bundle

We've teamed up with The Crime Vault to gift one lucky winner with ten unmissable crime fiction books.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2021 announced

Steph McKenna - 2021.07.29

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2021 announced

Internationally acclaimed writer Megan Abbott ('A legend for good reason' – The Washington Post) will deliver the 2021 Noirwich Crime Writing Festival Lecture, it has been revealed today.

Catch up on Noirwich 2020!

Simon Jones - 2021.07.22

Catch up on Noirwich 2020!

Catch up on last year's festival in preparation for 2021!

Poirot – The Greatest Detective in the World

Steph McKenna - 2020.09.13

Poirot – The Greatest Detective in the World

Bringing together two of Hercule Poirot’s biggest fans for a conversation spanning the 100-year history of one of Agatha Christie’s most beloved creations.

Attica Locke: The Noirwich Lecture 2020

Simon Jones - 2020.09.11

Attica Locke: The Noirwich Lecture 2020

We are delighted to welcome award-winning US author and screenwriter Attica Locke for the annual Noirwich Lecture, in which she explores the ways that crime writing can challenge the distribution of power and authority at a structural and individual level.

The Love Boat

Steph McKenna - 2020.09.11

The Love Boat

Read 'The Love Boat', a short story by novelist and Noirwich UNESCO Virtual Writer in Residence Anita Terpstra. It has been translated by Danny Guinan.

Solstice

Steph McKenna - 2020.09.11

Solstice

Read 'Solstice', a short story by novelist and Noirwich UNESCO Virtual Writer in Residence Anita Terpstra. It has been translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey.

Podcast: Anita Terpstra

Simon Jones - 2020.09.11

Podcast: Anita Terpstra

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival continues with Anita Terpstra joining us from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to discuss her crime writing. Talking with Flo Reynolds on the National Centre for Writing's The Writing Life podcast, Anita reveals her path to becoming published and how keeping the faith and continuing to write are essential. It's an inspiring and positive conversation.

Podcast: Paddy Richardson

Simon Jones - 2020.09.10

Podcast: Paddy Richardson

Noirwich 2020 kicks off with a podcast interview with Virtual Writer in Residence Paddy Richardson, from Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

Swimming in the Dark

Steph McKenna - 2020.09.10

Swimming in the Dark

Read an extract from Swimming in the Dark (Upstart Press, 2014) by Paddy Richardson, one of our UNESCO Noirwich Virtual Writer in Residence 2020.

A soft flowing veil of grey

Steph McKenna - 2020.09.10

A soft flowing veil of grey

Noirwich UNESCO Virtual Writer in Residence Paddy Richardson reflects on her home city of Dunedin in New Zealand, and its relationship with writing and crime fiction.

Olivier Norek’s top 6 inspiring books

roisin - 2020.09.09

Olivier Norek’s top 6 inspiring books

The prolific French crime writer shares the books that have influenced his writing.

Essential true crime books you must read

Steph McKenna - 2020.08.27

Essential true crime books you must read

Former Guardian crime correspondent Duncan Campbell provides a comprehensive list of the most essential true crime books you must read.

Win a crime book bundle with Noirwich

Steph McKenna - 2020.08.24

Win a crime book bundle with Noirwich

We’ve teamed up with The Crime Vault to gift one lucky winner with a bundle of ten of the hottest crime writing reads of the summer.

Meet our Virtual Writers in Residence!

Steph McKenna - 2020.08.18

Meet our Virtual Writers in Residence!

Meet our UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writers in Residence for the 2020 Festival: Anita Terpstra from Hallum, Netherlands, and Paddy Richardson from Dunedin, New Zealand.

Download our simple guide to Noirwich 2020

Steph McKenna - 2020.08.06

Download our simple guide to Noirwich 2020

We've created a handy one-page digital guide to the Festival weekend, with links to each event and details on where they will take place.

Attica Locke headlines the 2020 Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Steph McKenna - 2020.07.29

Attica Locke headlines the 2020 Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

The region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing will continue as planned this year – in an online format with a host of free events for everyone to enjoy!

Progressive politics in crime fiction with Denise Mina

roisin - 2019.11.01

Progressive politics in crime fiction with Denise Mina

Does high brow literature really exist?

Balancing a job & writing with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

roisin - 2019.11.01

Balancing a job & writing with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

The inaugural UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence joins us on the podcast

Improving representation in fiction

roisin - 2019.11.01

Improving representation in fiction

“I had no examples of people like me on the page.”

Antti Tuomainen on humour & writing crime fiction

roisin - 2019.10.31

Antti Tuomainen on humour & writing crime fiction

Exclusive interview from Noirwich 2019

Fiction & Fact: George Alagiah’s Noirwich Lecture

Simon Jones - 2019.09.20

Fiction & Fact: George Alagiah’s Noirwich Lecture

Listen to George Alagiah's 2019 Noirwich Lecture, recorded at the University of East Anglia.

Treat yourself to our tasty nacho menu

Steph McKenna - 2019.09.12

Treat yourself to our tasty nacho menu

Have a browse of our food and drinks menu...

The Ivy Brasserie reveals themed cocktail menu

Steph McKenna - 2019.09.11

The Ivy Brasserie reveals themed cocktail menu

Crime lovers rejoice! The sixth Noirwich Crime Writing Festival begins tomorrow with James Runcie at Jarrold...but to get the party started early, why not pop along to The Ivy Brasserie on London St for a crime-themed cocktail or two?

Writing a novel: the importance of place

roisin - 2019.09.04

Writing a novel: the importance of place

James Henry shares how real-life pubs, street names and places inspired his latest novel

How to start writing a book

roisin - 2019.08.30

How to start writing a book

"The novelist commences writing, the novel begins: not necessarily where it begins, mind you."

Noirwich presents…James Ellroy

Steph McKenna - 2019.08.30

Noirwich presents…James Ellroy

Celebrate September as Norwich’s ‘month of crime’ and the impending launch of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival with this special one-off event.

Writing crime fiction protagonists

Simon Jones - 2019.08.28

Writing crime fiction protagonists

Ahead of her Noirwich workshop Claire McGowan guested on the National Centre for Writing's podcast to discuss techniques for crafting characters for crime fiction.

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