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Friday 14 September, 6.30pm
The Enterprise Centre, UEA, Norwich
£10 (conc £9 / students £8)


Val McDermid is an international, bestselling, award-winning crime writer and commentator. Over the years she has explored the themes of violence and gender within the genre. This year she’s also a Man Booker Prize judge. Noirwich warmly invites you to her keynote address; a riveting, topical exploration of genre and the literary in a breakthrough year when crime became the UK’s top-selling fictional genre, beating all others put together.

About Val McDermid

Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date across the globe and is translated into over 30 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published in several award-winning standalone novels, two books of non-fiction, two short story collections and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate.

Val has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure, the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011, the Stonewall Writer of the Year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Harrogate Crime Festival and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Val has previously served as a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. Website

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