Introducing our Noirwich blogger-in-residence

The countdown to Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has begun! With over 20 headline and fringe events taking place across the city, it’s the biggest and bloodiest festival yet.

Our blogger-in-residence for the weekend is Jamie Bernthal, a private researcher for the bestselling crime novelist Sophie Hannah. Jamie recently completed his PhD thesis on Agatha Christie and is the author of critical work including Queering Agatha Christie (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). In this introductory blog, he looks forward to the week ahead and highlights some of the events he is most excited about. Follow Jamie on Twitter @jcbernthal

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Noir and the Brits

Barry Forshaw, leading expert on British and European crime fiction and author of Brit Noir, discusses UK crime fiction prior to talking to several key practitioners of the art at Noirwich…

Times change, don’t they? There was a time when the use of a French word such as ‘Noir’ would have seemed pretentious, certainly in the context of crime fiction, but now we crime aficionados use it all the time. It originally became the standard term for something darker and more menacing than the standard detective novel, but now covers (lazily, perhaps) virtually all of the crime genre. Continue reading