with Eva Dolan, Mari Hannah and Winnie M Li

Saturday 15 September, 10am
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich
£8 (conc £7 / students £6)



Begin your weekend in the company of three acclaimed writers, who turn painful truths into compelling stories. Eva Dolan, Mari Hannah and Winnie M Li show how crime fiction can help us make sense of today’s world; from surviving personal trauma, to tackling injustice, or investigating a family tragedy, these are themes that matter to us all.

Eva Dolan has been shortlisted for Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year for her DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series. This is How it Ends is her first standalone novel, a tightly woven thriller with real social conscience. Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li is a compelling novel which draws on the author’s own traumatic experience and is winner of the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Mari Hanna, a former probation officer, won the coveted CWA Dagger in the Library Award in 2017. The Lost is the first in her thrilling new Stone & Oliver series, set in Northumbria.

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About the authors

Eva Dolan was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager. The first four novels in the Zigic and Ferreira series, which centre around the police Hate Crimes Unit, have been published to widespread critical acclaim. Tell No Tales was shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award and the third in the series, After You Die, was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Twitter

‘Anyone wanting smart and compelling crime fiction with razor-sharp social comment should read Eva Dolan. In fact, EVERYONE should read her’ – Mark Billingham

Mari Hannah is the multi-award-winning author of the Stone & Oliver crime series, the Ryna & O’Neil series and the DCI Kate Daniels series. A former probation officer, she has contributed to CID training for Northumbria Police and lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. In July 2010, she won a Northern Writers’ Award for Settled Blood. In 2013, she won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall. She was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017 as the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries. Mari is reader-in-residence at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival. Website / Twitter

‘Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah’ – Val McDermid

Winnie M Li is a writer, producer and activist. A graduate with Distinction in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, she has written for The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, The Huffington Post, and TIME. In 2015, she launched Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault through the arts and discussion. Her debut novel, Dark Chapter, based on her own experience of a violent stranger attack, was awarded the Guardian Not the Booker Prize 2017 and came Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger. Website / Twitter

‘I have never found myself rooting for a heroine with more urgency than in Dark Chapter.’ – Kate Rhodes

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