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The Noirwich 2017 weekend begins with a double-bill of Arne Dahl and Martina Cole at the University of East Anglia, combined with the launch of an exciting new literature exhibition featuring exclusive material from Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Robert Edric.

It promises to be an evening of contrasts, ranging from how crime fiction collides with the real world, to different techniques for plotting crime novels, and a conversation about being at the top of the best-seller lists.


6pm, Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Study Centre at University of East Anglia

Beginning the evening is this year’s crime writing lecture, from Swedish author and critic Arne Dahl. When we’re surrounded by turbulent geopolitical discourse, how can crime and thriller fiction help us understand the world? In the first Noirwich Lecture, thriller writer, literary critic and academic Arne Dahl explores the connections between noir and the new world order.


Arne Dahl is the pen name of Jan Arnald, an internationally-known Swedish crime author and literary critic. His writing can also be seen in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He published Barbarer (2001) and Maria och Artur (2006) under his own name, but under his pseudonym he has written the A-gruppen (Intercrime) series, involving the A-team, a group highly trained in dealing with criminal cases in Sweden.


Thomas Paine Study Centre at University of East Anglia

After Arne Dahl’s lecture and before the conversation between Henry Sutton and Martina Cole, you will have an exclusive first look at the new exhibition from The British Archive for Contemporary Writing, focusing on the intricate planning behind some of our greatest contemporary crime novels, with material from Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Robert Edric – author of a crime trilogy set in Hull, this year’s City of Culture.

martina-cole-copyright-charlotte-murphyMARTINA COLE IN CONVERSATION WITH HENRY SUTTON

8pm, Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Study Centre at University of East Anglia

Concluding the evening of crime fiction is the queen of gangland, discussing her most recent novel, Damaged, and a phenomenal career encompassing over twenty novels, fourteen million sales and successful screen and stage adaptations. She’ll be talking with author and crime fiction senior lecturer Henry Sutton, who writes under the pseudonym Harry Brett. This is the first chance for anyone to get their hands on a copy of Damaged before it is published worldwide!


Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama. Her novel, The Good Life, was a No. 1 bestseller in the long line of No. 1 bestselling and phenomenally successful novels she has to her name. Several of Martina’s novels have been adapted for the screen, most recently The Take and The Runaway, which were shown on Sky One to remarkable reviews. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina’s debut novel was published.

Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold in excess of fourteen million copies in total. In 2011 Martina surpassed the £50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this.


Henry Sutton is the author of ten novels, including Time to Win (under the pseudonym Harry Brett), My Criminal World and Get Me Out Of Here. He also co-authored the DS Jack Frost novel, First Frost, under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been translated into many languages. His fifth novel, Kids’ Stuff, received an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and became a long-running stage play in Riga, Latvia. In 2004, he won the J.B.Priestley Award.

He has judged numerous literary prizes, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He is the co-founder of the Noirwich crime festival and teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he is a Senior Lecturer and the co-director of the MA Prose Fiction course and the director of the Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction.