£8 (concessions from £6)
5.30pm, Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre
After a day of serious crime literature, allow Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre to lift the lid on the real world of being a writer. Accompanied by a few drinks in the Norwich Arts Centre bar, prepare yourself for angry letters from readers, backstage shenanigans, nightmarish personal appearances, strong language, very strong language and a disturbing story about a chicken.
In an earlier life Mark starred in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, before becoming a number one best selling crime author with the Tom Thorne series, while comedy and satire are never far away in Chris’ award-winning, genre-stretching crime fiction.
Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. He has twice won the Theakston s Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel and also won the Sherlock Award for Best Detective Created by a British Author. His books, which include the critically acclaimed Tom Thorne series, have been translated into twenty-five languages and have sold over four million copies. He lives in London. markbillingham.com
Christopher Brookmyre is the author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking. In 2006 Christopher won the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye and, as is tradition, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was named after the winning novel. Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critics’ First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year in 1996. Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective Novel in 2000 and Christopher became the only writer to win two Sherlocks when Be My Enemy picked up the 2004 prize. In 2007, Christopher was given the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing.
Christopher has been shortlisted three times for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award: in 2007 for All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye, in 2008 for A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil and in 2012 for Where The Bodies Are Buried. In 2005 Christopher was named Young Alumus of the Year by the University of Glasgow. He has subsequently been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Glasgow and by Edinburgh Napier University. www.brookmyre.co.uk