£8 (concessions from £6)
3.45pm, Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre
Tickets will be available to purchase from the ticket desk at Norwich Arts Centre 30 minutes before the event.
What is it about the swirling maelstrom of the North Sea that draws writers towards the desolate, unresolved world of noir and crime? This international panel of writers will be discussing the motivations and inspirations behind writing such uncompromising work. Featuring Lone Theils from Denmark, Daniel Pembrey from the Netherlands, Nick Quantrill from Hull and is hosted by Harry Brett from Great Yarmouth.
Lone Theils is a former London-correspondent for national Danish papers Berlingske Tidende and Politiken. During her 16 years based in London she also did work for national Danish television and radio. Currently she still writes as a blogger at the Internet magazine POV International. Her debut novel Fatal Crossing featuring Nora Sand, the half Danish-half British journalist, came out in Denmark 2015 and quickly became a bestseller. It has now been sold for translation in 13 countries, among them the UK, Sweden, Germany and Spain. At the start of 2016 Lone moved to Denmark to focus on being an author and writing the next installment in the Nora Sand-series. lonetheils.com
Daniel Pembrey grew up in Nottinghamshire beside Sherwood Forest. He studied history at Edinburgh University and received an MBA from INSEAD business school. Daniel then spent over a decade working in America and more recently Luxembourg, coming to rest in Amsterdam and London — dividing his time now between these two great maritime cities. He is the author of the Henk van der Pol detective series and several short thriller stories, and he occasionally contributes non-fiction articles to publications including The Financial Times and The Times. In order to write The Harbour Master, he spent several months living in the docklands area of East Amsterdam, counting De Druif bar as his local. danielpembrey.co.uk
Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull. His latest crime novel, The Dead Can’t Talk, was published in May 2016 by Caffeine Nights. The Joe Geraghty trilogy, Broken Dreams (2010), The Late Greats (2012) and The Crooked Beat (2013) are also published by Caffeine Nights. His standalone novella, Bang Bang You’re Dead (2012) is published by Byker Books. A prolific short story writer, Nick’s work has appeared in Volumes Eight, Nine and Ten of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime alongside the genre’s most respected names. In 2011, Nick became the first person to hold the role of Writer in Residence at Hull Kingston Rovers, contributing sports-based fiction to the match day programme and assisting with the club’s literacy programme. His first story for children is included in the Toad Tales anthology published by Wrecking Ball. nickquantrill.co.uk
Harry Brett is the author of Time to Win, the first in a three-book series with Corsair/Little, Brown. Harry is a pseudonym for Henry Sutton, author of ten novels, including 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. henrysutton.co.uk