with Syd Moore, Cathi Unsworth and Roz Watkins

Saturday 15 September, 4.30pm
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich
£8 (conc £7 / students £6)


Here in the medieval splendour of Dragon Hall, a short walk from the witches’ ducking stool on Fye Bridge, we have the perfect setting for this spellbinding panel. Join Cathi Unsworth, Syd Moore and Roz Watkins as they delve into the dark art of writing crime laced with paranoia, superstition and magic. 

Winner of multiple awards, Cathi Unsworth transports us to wartime Britain in That Old Black Magic, a heady brew of superstition, the supernatural, and undercover espionage. Syd Moore conjures up myth and murder, crimes old and new, all with a touch of humour, in Strange Fascination, an Essex Witch Museum Mystery. Roz Watkins’s Devil’s Dice ‘teems with shivery atmosphere’ (The Times) and was selected as their crime book of the month, and shortlisted for a CWA Debut Dagger.

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About the authors

Syd Moore lives in Essex where the Rosie Strange novels are set. Prior to writing, she was a lecturer and a presenter on Pulp, the Channel 4 books programme. She is the author of the mystery novels The Drowning Pool, Witch Hunt and the Essex Witch Museum Mysteries, Strange Magic and Strange Sight. The third book in the series, Strange Fascination, is published in May 2018.

‘A fun and thrilling read, one hugely impressive element is that Moore uses her light tone and intricate character relationships to address some serious points – ranging from people trafficking through to the derogatory stereotype of the Essex Girl.’ –  Cathi Unsworth, author of Weirdo

Cathi Unsworth’s latest novel That Old Black Magic is a tale of murder, magic and mayhem set in wartime England. Cathi began a career in journalism at 19 on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals. She is the author of five other novels, Without the Moon, Weirdo, The Not Knowing, The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir, all published by Serpent’s Tail. She lives in London. Website

‘That Old Black Magic blends fact and fiction for a well researched, evocative tale about one of the weirder outposts of second world war British intelligence’ – Guardian

Roz Watkins is the author of the DI Meg Dalton crime series, which is set in the Peak District where Roz lives with her partner and a menagerie of demanding animals. Her first book, The Devil’s Dice, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and has been optioned for TV. Roz studied engineering at Cambridge University before training in patent law. She was a partner in a firm of patent attorneys in Derby, but this has absolutely nothing to do with there being a dead one in her first novel. In her spare time, Roz likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.

‘A fascinating debut… Watkins brilliantly balances superstition and scepticism in this clever first novel.’ – The Sunday Times

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