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FREE EVENTS

All events will take place on YouTube and are free for you to enjoy. We recommend reserving your spot in advance.

Please make a donation during booking to support Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – it will mean that we can continue year on year to create innovative and inclusive events.

Thursday 10 September

Virtual Book Club: Bluebird, Bluebird

10/09/2020 - Online

Virtual Book Club: Bluebird, Bluebird

Join us and share your passion for reading!

To celebrate the return of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, the upcoming NCW Virtual Book Club for August and September will discuss Attica Locke’s powerful, award-winning crime novel set in Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird. Esi Edugyan described it for the Guardian as: ‘Mesmerising … original … exhilarating … Locke is building a compelling body of work. In this age of enduring and renewed racial tensions, we need her voice more than ever.’

Bluebird, Bluebird can be purchased from many of your favourite independent bookshops. It is also available in eBook and Audiobook formats.

New to the Virtual Book Club? There are plenty of ways for you to get involved from home. Click here to find out more.

Premeditated: Launch of the UEA Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction Anthology 2020

10/09/2020 - 7:30 pm - YouTube

Premeditated: Launch of the UEA Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction Anthology 2020

Tune in for short readings from future stars of the genre at the live online launch of Premeditated, a gripping anthology of crime fiction from this year’s UEA Creative Writing MA. Featuring a foreword by William Shaw and introduction by Julia Crouch, the book is available for pre-order from Eggbox Publishing.

Free to sign up and watch – all are welcome.

‘The best crime fiction leans into the darkest and the noblest parts of humanity, and can take us into all areas of society – from inner city council estate to remote Greek island, from outwardly innocent English suburbia to raw, Australian outback. You’ll find all of that in here, and more.’ – Julia Crouch, introduction to Premeditated

Friday 11 September

Jill Dawson and Trevor Wood in conversation

11/09/2020 - 5:30 pm - Online (YouTube)

Jill Dawson and Trevor Wood in conversation

Jill Dawson, Trevor Wood

Celebrating 50 years of UEA’s Creative Writing programme and the outstanding alumni, faculty and fellows who have gone on to shape the literary landscape of the UK and beyond. Jill Dawson, award-winning author of The Language of Birds and The Crime Writer, will be joined by acclaimed debut novelist Trevor Wood for an exploration of their crime novels and the process behind their writing. Jill was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Creative Writing Fellow at UEA and Trevor is a graduate of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). Their discussion will be chaired by Henry Sutton, Director of Creative Writing at UEA and convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction).

Free to sign up and watch – all are welcome.

Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson’s new novel The Language of Birds tells the story of the nanny at the centre of the Lord Lucan story. She is the author of ten novels including The Crime Writer (which won the East Anglian Book of the year) and Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize). In 2003 she was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at UEA then later the Creative Writing Fellow; she went on to teach on the BA in Creative Writing and the MA 2004-6. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Costa judge this year and currently runs Gold Dust Mentoring, a scheme for new writers. She lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Trevor Wood

Trevor Wood

Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for twenty-five years and considers himself an adopted Geordie. He's a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for sixteen years. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA. His first novel The Man on the Street was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger. @TrevorWoodWrite

Image (c) Reece James Morrison

Noirwich Lecture 2020: Attica Locke

11/09/2020 - 7:30 pm - Online (YouTube)

Noirwich Lecture 2020: Attica Locke

Attica Locke

We are delighted to welcome award-winning US author and screenwriter Attica Locke for the annual Noirwich Lecture, in which she will explore the ways that crime writing can challenge the distribution of power and authority at a structural and individual level. Drawing on examples from her own career and writing, including the Highway 59 novels, she will also reflect on how the genre can help to drive action towards decolonising particular institutions such as universities. 

Attica’s most recent novel, Heaven, My Home, is an expertly-crafted thriller mystery, but also a sharp examination of ‘Trump-era’ America and issues of race, power, prejudice and white supremacy which still exist today. Her recent work as a television writer and producer includes When They See Us (Netflix); a portrayal of the 1990 wrongful conviction of five teenage boys from Harlem for a brutal attack in Central Park; and Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime).

This event will be followed by a live Q&A with Attica and Nathan Ashman, Lecturer in Crime Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Sign-up for free today and enjoy an evening in the company of one of America’s finest crime novelists - all from the comfort of home.

Runtime 90 minutes (includes live Q&A).

Attica Locke

Attica Locke

Attica Locke’s latest novel Heaven, My Home (September 2019) is the sequel to Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird. Her third novel Pleasantville was the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. The Cutting Season was the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Her first novel Black Water Rising was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.  

A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke works as a screenwriter as well.  Most recently, she was a writer and producer on Netflix’s When They See Us and also the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. Website

Saturday 12 September

The Lost and the Damned: Olivier Norek

12/09/2020 - 5:30 pm - Online (YouTube)

The Lost and the Damned: Olivier Norek

Olivier Norek

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into one of Paris’ toughest suburbs courtesy of award-winning French novelist and writer on the hit series Spiral, Olivier Norek. Olivier’s first novel in translation, The Lost and the Damned, is a suspenseful police procedural which draws on the author’s own experience as a police officer. It will be released in November this year.

Olivier will be joined in conversation by his translator Nick Caistor, and together they will discuss his new novel, the French justice system, the process of being translated and why France is producing some of the highest calibre crime writing in the world. 

Free to sign up and watch – all are welcome.

Olivier Norek

Olivier Norek

Olivier Norek was born in 1975 and is a lieutenant in the investigations department of the SDPJ 93 (a Paris-based wing of the French gendarmerie). He has written four novels and is a writer on the hit French TV series Spiral.

My Sister, the Serial Killer: Oyinkan Braithwaite

12/09/2020 - 7:30 pm - Online (YouTube)

My Sister, the Serial Killer: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite

How far would you go for family? We dig deep into the dark psychology of deadly siblings Korede and Ayoola in Oyinkan Braithwaite’s blackly comic thriller My Sister, the Serial Killer; a ‘literary sensation’ (Guardian) which was awarded the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2020, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019. 

Oyinkan will be in conversation with debut crime novelist Femi Kayode about the huge success of her novel, her writing process and crime fiction in Nigeria. We’ll also be asking her what it means to be a crime writer in 2020, and how she feels about being called a ‘literary’ genre writer. 

Free to sign up and watch – all are welcome.

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self-published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. My Sister, the Serial Killer won the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

'A literary sensation' – Guardian

'A bombshell of a book... Sharp, explosive, hilarious' – New York Times

'Glittering and funny... A stiletto slipped between the ribs and through the left ventricle of the heart' – Financial Times

Sunday 13 September

Podcast: Poirot – The Greatest Detective in the World

13/09/2020 - 5:00 pm - The Writing Life podcast

Podcast: Poirot – The Greatest Detective in the World

Sophie Hannah, Mark Aldridge

In conversation on The Writing Life podcast

This podcast will be available on The Writing Life podcast from 5pm on Sunday 13 September

Bringing together two of Hercule Poirot’s biggest fans for a conversation spanning the 100-year history of one of Agatha Christie’s most beloved creations. From the original novels, short stories and plays through to adaptations for stage, screen and radio – how has Poirot changed over the years, what makes him so compelling, and what will he look like in another century’s time?

Mark Aldridge is a lecturer, film historian and author of the definitive book about Agatha Christie’s book adaptations on film and television, Agatha Christie on Screen. His upcoming book Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World (released October 2020) is a lively and accessible history of the world's favourite fictional detective. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime author and has written a series of ‘continuation novels’ based on Hercule Poirot: The Monogram Murders, Closed Casket, The Mystery of Three Quarters and the upcoming The Killings at Kingfisher Hill.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her crime novels have been translated into 49 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the 2013 UK National Book Awards. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. She went on to publish a third, The Mystery of Three Quarters in 2018 which was an instant bestseller, and her fourth Poirot novel, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill will be published in August 2020. Sophie helped to create a Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge, for which she is the main teacher and Course Director. She is also the founder of the Dream Author Coaching Programme for writers which launched in September 2019.

Sophie is also an award-winning, bestselling poet, and her poetry is studied at GCSE level across the UK. She has co-written two murder mystery musicals with composer Annette Armitage: The Mystery of Mr. E and Work Experience. She has written a self-help book called How To Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment - The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life, and hosts the How to Hold a Grudge podcast. Website

Mark Aldridge

Mark Aldridge

Mark Aldridge is a senior lecturer and film historian at Solent University, Southampton. He previously wrote the definitive book about Agatha Christie’s book adaptations on film and television, Agatha Christie on Screen, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Twitter @DrMarkAldridge

Workshop tickets

If you're a writer don't miss our online creative writing workshops! Each workshop will take place twice over the Festival weekend. Limited places available.

Please make a donation during booking to support Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – it will mean that we can continue year on year to create innovative and inclusive events.

Workshop: Writing Credible Characters

11/09/2020 - 10:00 am - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Writing Credible Characters

Jacob Ross

£35

The key to a successful crime novel is often in the creation of fascinating and sympathetic characters. Join Jacob Ross, author of The Bone Readers (Jhalak Prize 2017) and Black Rain Falling, as he explores techniques and approaches to developing unique memorable characters – from protagonists and antagonists to ‘walk-ons’ – and their uses in progressing and adding interest to your novel. He will also touch on plotting and structure, as well asking the question: what makes crime writing so appealing, and what is its purpose?

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can’t make this workshop? Jacob will host the same workshop on Sunday 13 September at 2pm.

Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross was born in Grenada and now lives in Britain. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories, A Way to Catch the Dust and Song for Simone and Tell No-One About This - nominated by The 2018 Bocas Literary Festival as one of the three best works of Caribbean fiction published in 2017. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize, and his debut crime novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize. His newest crime novel Black Rain Falling was published in March 2020.


'Jacob Ross is a truly amazing writer. Black Rain Falling is an outstanding novel' - Bernardine Evaristo, Winner of the Booker Prize

Workshop: Researching for Historical Fiction

11/09/2020 - 3:00 pm - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Researching for Historical Fiction

Elizabeth Haynes

£35

This workshop is fully booked!

To join the waiting list please email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Build the fundamental skills needed to research and write a historical crime novel with Elizabeth Haynes, the award-winning author of Into the Darkest Corner and The Murder of Harriet Monckton. In this online workshop, Elizabeth will offer insight and advice on setting your characters in a historical time and place, how to manage research, getting the balance of historical setting vs story, and more. The workshop will use examples from the nineteenth century, but is applicable to any historical period.

Elizabeth’s most recent novel The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a masterclass of suspense set in Victorian England and inspired by a real-life murder inquiry. The Sunday Times called it 'a thoroughly absorbing whodunnit, with an unexpected conclusion. Haynes' novel is also a touching portrait of a young woman unjustly stigmatised by the prejudices of her day.'

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can't make this date and time? Elizabeth will be running the same workshop on Sunday 13 September at 11am.

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst who lives in Norfolk with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. She has written a further three psychological thrillers—Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains and Never Alone — and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors.

Her last novel, The Murder of Harriet Monckton is based on an unsolved murder in 1843 and was published by Myriad.

Workshop: Exploring true crime

12/09/2020 - 10:00 am - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Exploring true crime

Duncan Campbell

£35

Join Duncan Campbell, crime writer and former crime correspondent for the Guardian, as he reveals the rewards and pitfalls of this explosive and popular genre. You will explore the best of true crime writing, past and present, from Truman Capote to Gordon Burn to Janet Malcolm; will look at different ways to investigate and write about crime, whether major or minor; and discuss possible publishing and broadcasting routes. 

Duncan has reported on the most infamous UK true crime cases of the past 50 years, from the Rosemary West trial to the Hatton Garden heist. Whether you are new to the genre or have some writing experience, this workshop offers an essential snapshot of how to approach your true crime project.

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can't make this time? Duncan will be running the same workshop at 2pm.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell was the Guardian’s crime correspondent and chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association. He is the author of a number of books on crime including Underworld (2019), We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds, a history of crime reporting (2016) and That Was Business, This Is Personal, the changing faces of professional crime (1989). He has also written a crime novel, If It Bleeds (2009). He was the presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Crimedesk and a consultant on the film, King of Thieves, (2018) about the Hatton Garden burglary.

Workshop: Exploring true crime

12/09/2020 - 2:00 pm - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Exploring true crime

Duncan Campbell

£35

Join Duncan Campbell, crime writer and former crime correspondent for the Guardian, as he reveals the rewards and pitfalls of this explosive and popular genre. You will explore the best of true crime writing, past and present, from Truman Capote to Gordon Burn to Janet Malcolm; will look at different ways to investigate and write about crime, whether major or minor; and discuss possible publishing and broadcasting routes. 

Duncan has reported on the most infamous UK true crime cases of the past 50 years, from the Rosemary West trial to the Hatton Garden heist. Whether you are new to the genre or have some writing experience, this workshop offers an essential snapshot of how to approach your true crime project.

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can't make this time? Duncan will be running the same workshop at 10am.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell was the Guardian’s crime correspondent and chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association. He is the author of a number of books on crime including Underworld (2019), We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds, a history of crime reporting (2016) and That Was Business, This Is Personal, the changing faces of professional crime (1989). He has also written a crime novel, If It Bleeds (2009). He was the presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Crimedesk and a consultant on the film, King of Thieves, (2018) about the Hatton Garden burglary.

Workshop: Researching for Historical Fiction

13/09/2020 - 11:00 am - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Researching for Historical Fiction

Elizabeth Haynes

£35

This workshop is fully booked!

To join the waiting list please email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Build the fundamental skills needed to research and write a historical crime novel with Elizabeth Haynes, the award-winning author of Into the Darkest Corner and The Murder of Harriet Monckton. In this online workshop, Elizabeth will offer insight and advice on setting your characters in a historical time and place, how to manage research, getting the balance of historical setting vs story, and more. The workshop will use examples from the nineteenth century, but is applicable to any historical period.

Elizabeth’s most recent novel The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a masterclass of suspense set in Victorian England and inspired by a real-life murder inquiry. The Sunday Times called it 'a thoroughly absorbing whodunnit, with an unexpected conclusion. Haynes' novel is also a touching portrait of a young woman unjustly stigmatised by the prejudices of her day.'

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can't make this date and time? Elizabeth will be running the same workshop on Sunday 13 September at 11am.

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst who lives in Norfolk with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. She has written a further three psychological thrillers—Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains and Never Alone — and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors.

Her last novel, The Murder of Harriet Monckton is based on an unsolved murder in 1843 and was published by Myriad.

Workshop: Writing Credible Characters

13/09/2020 - 2:00 pm - Online (Zoom)

Workshop: Writing Credible Characters

Jacob Ross

£35

The key to a successful crime novel is often in the creation of fascinating and sympathetic characters. Join Jacob Ross, author of The Bone Readers (Jhalak Prize 2017) and Black Rain Falling, as he explores techniques and approaches to developing unique memorable characters – from protagonists and antagonists to ‘walk-ons’ – and their uses in progressing and adding interest to your novel. He will also touch on plotting and structure, as well asking the question: what makes crime writing so appealing, and what is its purpose?

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Can’t make this workshop? Jacob will host the same workshop on Friday 11 September at 10am.

Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross was born in Grenada and now lives in Britain. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories, A Way to Catch the Dust and Song for Simone and Tell No-One About This - nominated by The 2018 Bocas Literary Festival as one of the three best works of Caribbean fiction published in 2017. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize, and his debut crime novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize. His newest crime novel Black Rain Falling was published in March 2020.


'Jacob Ross is a truly amazing writer. Black Rain Falling is an outstanding novel' - Bernardine Evaristo, Winner of the Booker Prize

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