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09/09/2021 - 7:00 pm - Online
Join us live for short readings from future stars of the genre at the live online launch of Postmortem, a gripping anthology of crime fiction from this year’s UEA Creative Writing MA. The event will feature an introduction by Elly Griffiths, author of the bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels. The book is available for pre-order from Eggbox Publishing.
‘Within this anthology, you will find wonderful stories that range across this most elastic and enduring of genres.’– Elly Griffiths
10/09/2021 - 7:00 pm - Online
We are delighted to welcome bestselling and award-winning US author Megan Abbott for the annual Noirwich Lecture; a rich, nuanced, and thoughtful reflection on the ethics and responsibility of the crime writer , and the need to reframe the focus in news journalism. How do we come to the beliefs we hold? Whose point of view is taking centre stage? How does crime writing feed into corrupt systems and which relationships do we need to reassess going forward?
Megan will also discuss true crime in the age of the docuseries. Netflix recently adapted her novel Dare Me, and she has recently worked with David Simon (The Wire) on HBO. Join us for a fascinating look into the current state of documentaries and the explosion in popularity of true crime.
Megan is the award-winning author of nine crime novels, including the just published The Turnout, and the bestselling You Will Know Me and Dare Me. Her work has won or been nominated for the CWA Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and five Edgar awards. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Paris Review and the Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of hardboiled fiction, and film noir. She received her Ph.D. in American literature from New York University. A writer on HBO’s highly acclaimed The Deuce, she recently served as co-showrunner and co-creator of Dare Me, which completed its first season on the USA Network and Netflix internationally.
Enjoy an evening in the company of one of America’s finest crime novelists, with introduction by Henry Sutton and live Q&A – all from the comfort of home.
11/09/2021 - 5:00 pm - Online
The brutal murder of three young students in a Nigerian university town, an English seaside town gripped with panic and paranoia, and an ordinary house on an ordinary street holding an unimaginable darkness....
Discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing from graduates of the University of East Anglia. Emerging crime superstars Greg Buchanan (Sixteen Horses), Femi Kayode (Lightseekers) and Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street) will reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.
The event will be chaired by writer, editor, interviewer and book festival programmer Lee Randall.
11/09/2021 - 7:00 pm - Online
We are delighted to welcome David Peace, the award-winning author of the Red Riding Quartet, GB84 and The Damned Utd, for a dissection of his ‘astonishing’ (Guardian) new novel, Tokyo Redux – a thrilling fictionalisation of one of Japan’s most enduring and haunting mysteries.
At the forefront of contemporary international fiction, David is known for his unflinching and highly innovative storytelling. Tokyo Redux is the final instalment in the popular Tokyo Trilogy, which explores the true crimes that shaped Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War.
David will be joined in conversation by Tom Benn to discuss how he balances detailed research with carefully crafted thrills and multi-dimensional characters to create a gripping neo-noir story. They will also look more widely at Peace’s career and how his work has influenced and resonated beyond the page.
12/09/2021 - 4:00 pm - Online
Maryla Szymiczkowa is the pen name of Polish crime writing duo, Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski. Join them in conversation with their translator Antonia Lloyd Jones to celebrate the second book in their thrilling Agatha Christie-style series, Karolina, or the Torn Curtain – a sequel to the tongue-in-cheek mystery, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing.
Set in Poland in 1985 against the backdrop of the women's cause, Karolina, or the Torn Curtain refuses to turn a blind eye to the injustices and inequalities of its era – and ours. Together, Jacek, Piotr and Antonia will discuss Poland as a setting for crime fiction, how to strike the balance between humour and darkness, and the process of translation.
This event will be chaired by Henry Sutton, crime novelist and Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction at UEA.
12/09/2021 - 7:00 pm - Online
Join Steph Cha, author of the explosive novel Your House Will Pay, for a look at how crime writing can interrogate issues of identity, structural injustice and power in the world today.
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, Your House Will Pay is an unflinching study of the second-generation immigrant experience in the long shadow of the Los Angeles race riots of the 1990s, and the seething injustices of the present day. Attica Locke called it ‘a touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision that tore a hole through an entire city.’
Steph will be joined in conversation by Nathan Ashman, Lecturer in Crime Writing at UEA, to discuss this and her previous trilogy of crime novels featuring her amateur PI Juniper Song. They will also examine the historic relationship between crime fiction and Los Angeles, and the role of the city in her writing.
Don’t miss our online and in-person creative writing workshops! Each workshop will take place twice over the festival weekend. Limited places available. Online workshops will take place over Zoom, and in-person workshops at Dragon Hall in Norwich.
Paul Willetts, the critically acclaimed author of King Con and Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms, recommends six essential true crime reads for readers and writers.Read more ⟶
Internationally acclaimed writer Megan Abbott ('A legend for good reason' – The Washington Post) will deliver the 2021 Noirwich Crime Writing Festival Lecture, it has been revealed today.Read more ⟶
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