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Meet your favourite writers and discover your next read during our four day celebration of the best in crime writing.

Thursday 12 September

James Runcie – The Road to Grantchester

12/09/2019 - 7:00 pm - Jarrold

James Runcie – The Road to Grantchester

James Runcie

Join us for the 2019 Festival launch with James Runcie, the acclaimed writer and director whose much-loved Grantchester Mysteries series has captured the nation’s imagination. The Road to Grantchester is the enthralling prequel to the crime series, revealing how a young Sidney Chambers, living in post-war London, came to be a full-time priest and part-time detective.

The perfect accompaniment for any Grantchester fan, and for readers drawn to fiction which strongly evokes the look and feel of the past.

James Runcie

James Runcie

James Runcie is an award-winning film maker, Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4, and the author of ten novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death was published in 2012, soon followed five more in the Grantchester Mysteries series. In 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-time series starring James Norton. The fourth series of Grantchester will air in Spring 2019. He lives in Edinburgh. Website @james_runcie

www.grantchestermysteries.com

'Casts the show's first three series in a disturbing but satisfying new light. One can hardly ask for more’ - Independent

‘Charming, clever and warm: perfect comfort food for the soul’ - Joanne Harris

Image: Kate Mount

Postmortem

12/09/2019 - 8:00 pm - The Birdcage

Postmortem

Launch of the UEA Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction Anthology 2019

Come and meet future stars of the genre at the launch of Postmortem, a gripping anthology of crime fiction from this year’s UEA Creative Writing MA graduates, with a foreword by Mick Herron. The launch will be attended by agents and publishers, with short readings and a chance to mingle.

Free entry – all are welcome.

'A snapshot of what the crime novel is doing right now and a glimpse of the directions it might take in the future' Mick Herron

Friday 13 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Exhibition

13/09/2019 - 1:00 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Noirwich Crime Writing Exhibition

Denise Mina, Louise Doughty

In collaboration with the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW)

Friday ticket holders will have access to an archive exhibition revealing the creative process behind the work of two major writers pushing the genre into exciting new terrain: Louise Doughty and Denise Mina.

Image (c) Joanna Millington

Denise Mina

Denise Mina

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels include The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio. Website @DameDeniseMina

'Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once: a fabulous, captivating novel' - Nicci French on Conviction

‘One of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past twenty years, an artist whose thrillers double as bracing moral inquiries. You finish a Denise Mina novel feeling enriched and enhanced, as though you'd just discovered some new virtue within yourself, some new inspiration. Conviction is her finest work to date: a dark star of a novel, blazingly intense, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell. Yet again, I'm astounded.’ -A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

Image (c) Ollie Grove

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty

Platform Seven is Louise Doughty’s ninth novel. Her most recent book was Black Water, which was published in 2016 to critical acclaim in the UK and US, where it was nominated as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her Top Ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard sold over half a million copies in the UK alone and was adapted for BBC One as a four-part series starring Emily Watson. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize for fiction and the Costa Novel award and her work has been translated into 30 languages. She lives in London. Website @doughtylouise

Image (c) Nathalie Weatherald

Crimes Against Nature

13/09/2019 - 5:00 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Crimes Against Nature

Ben Smith, Corinne Le Quéré

Focusing on the facts behind the threat of climate change and how they have been used to inspire fascinating crime fiction, our expert panel features Corinne Le Quéré CBE, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science , and Dr Ben Smith, lecturer in creative writing at the University of Plymouth and author of the speculative 'mystery' novel Doggerland. Together they will discuss the threat of nature, the growing popularity of ‘eco-crime’ fiction and how debate around environmental degradation could open up new creative avenues in your writing.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Ben Smith is based in North Cornwall, where he lives with his partner, the author Lucy Wood and is a creative writing lecturer at Plymouth University. His first poetry pamphlet, Sky Burials, was published by Worple Press and his poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous outlets. As an academic, he specialises in environmental literature focusing particularly on oceans, waste and the ‘Anthropocene’, relating to human impact on geology. He is one of the founding editors of The Clearing, a magazine about landscape and place. Doggerland is his first novel.

Image (c) Max Smith

Corinne Le Quéré

Corinne Le Quéré

Professor Corinne Le Quéré CBE FRS is a French-Canadian scientist. She is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.

A Birder Murder

13/09/2019 - 6:30 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

A Birder Murder

Steve Burrows, James Henry

Bird watching and detective work share a similar set of skills: methodical planning, close observation, and an acceptance that you may always be on the outside looking in. Our fascinating evening of ‘eco crime’ begins with Steve Burrows and James Henry, two acclaimed crime writers with a passion for bird watching and ornithology. Steve is the author of the Birder Murder series featuring Norfolk police inspector and birder Domenic Jejeune. James’ most recent novel Yellowhammer was inspired by his favourite pastime in Essex.

Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows has pursued his bird watching hobby on six continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. Steve now lives with his wife, Resa, in Oshawa, Ontario. A Dance of Cranes is the sixth instalment in his Birder Murder series. Website

Image (c) Simon Mellick

James Henry

James Henry

James Henry is the pen name for James Gurbutt, who has written four Inspector Frost prequels based on the character created by the late R D Wingfield. James' foray into the world of birdwatching in Suffolk provided the backdrop to his latest crime novel Yellowhammer.

The Noirwich Lecture: George Alagiah

13/09/2019 - 8:00 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

The Noirwich Lecture: George Alagiah

George Alagiah

We are delighted to welcome George Alagiah for the annual Noirwich Lecture, in which he will explore violence, greed and corruption in relation to his highly anticipated crime novel The Burning Land. Reflecting on the urgent, real-life impact of environmental change on some of the world’s poorest countries and the fight for resources, he will also discuss the subsequent rise in radical action.

George’s lecture will draw on a career at the BBC spanning over 30 years. As the current presenter of the BBC News at Six and previously as an award-winning BBC Foreign Correspondent he has covered genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Afghanistan and Liberia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the 9/11 terror attacks.

A chance to enjoy an evening in the company of one of the nation’s foremost journalists who has genuine insight on the state we find ourselves in.

George Alagiah

George Alagiah

Before becoming the presenter of BBC News at Six, George Alagiah was known for his work as one of the BBC's foreign correspondents. He covered the genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Afghanistan and Liberia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the 9/11 terror attacks on New York, winning numerous awards for his coverage, including Amnesty International and The Royal Television Society among others. Prior to joining the BBC in 1989, Alagiah worked in print journalism for seven years. In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for services to journalism. The Burning Land is George Alagiah's first work of fiction and sees him delve into the spaces between the despatches he has brought to the nation as a reporter. He has published two works of non-fiction: A Passage to Africa (2001) and A Home from Home (2006). @georgealagiah

Image (c) Jeff Overs

Saturday 14 September

First Offenders

14/09/2019 - 10:30 am - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

First Offenders

Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner, Kate Weinberg

A Gothic murder mystery set in Georgian London, a charming TV personality with a suspicious past and a shocking tragedy at a university campus...discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing. Emerging crime superstars Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and Kate Weinberg will reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.

Sara Collins

Sara Collins

Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years in Cayman, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She studied Creative Writing at Cambridge University, winning the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize, and began to write a book inspired by the idea of 'writing a Gothic novel where the heroine looked like me'. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton. @mrsjaneymac

'Dazzlingly original' - The Times

'From Charlotte Brontë through Sarah Waters, Alias Grace and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, The Confessions of Frannie Langton draws on a wealth of literary influences' - Observer

Image (c) Justine Stoddart

Nicola Rayner

Nicola Rayner

Nicola Rayner was born in Abergavenny, South Wales, and works as a freelance journalist, specialising in dance and travel. She studied Classics at the University of Oxford and has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. The Girl Before You, her debut novel, was runner-up in the Cheltenham First Novel Competition in 2018. She lives in London with her husband and Jack Russell. @Nico1aRayner

‘The new Girl on the Train’ - Observer

Kate Weinberg

Kate Weinberg

Kate Weinberg was born and lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and creative writing in East Anglia. She has worked as a slush pile reader, a bookshop assistant, a journalist and a ghostwriter. The Truants is her first novel.

'Entirely gripping ... Combines the best elements of a crime thriller, a campus novel, a love story and a psychological study' - Alain de Botton

‘Kate's writing is like a wickedly brilliant Donna Tartt, Agatha Christie and Liane Moriarty all mixed into one.’ - Scarlett Curtis

Image (c) James Rawlings

The Next Twist

14/09/2019 - 12:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

The Next Twist

Julia Crouch, Lisa Jewell, Erin Kelly

Family secrets, illicit passions and dark psychological torment...where is the suspense novel heading next? Three pioneers of Domestic Noir – Julia Crouch (Cuckoo, Her Husband’s Lover), Lisa Jewell (The Girls, Then She Was Gone) and Erin Kelly (He Said/She Said) – take us on a journey through their latest thrilling novels and offer insight into how they cook up the surprise twists you never see coming.

Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch is the author of five internationally published crime novels – Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, Tarnished, The Long Fall and Her Husband’s Lover. She coined the term Domestic Noir to describe what she writes – a label that has since quite impressively taken root. With a background in theatre directing and playwriting, she also has extensive teaching experience, having run numerous workshops, courses and master classes at schools, festivals, universities and online. She is a member of Killer Women and a founder of The Brighton Crime Wave, hosting writers such as Tess Gerritsen, Ruth Ware and M J Arlidge in partnership with Brighton Waterstones. She is currently working on her sixth novel. Website @thatjuliacrouch

‘Nothing is what it seems in this brilliant novel by Julia Crouch. What a clever, unsettling, absorbing book’ - Elly Griffiths on Her Husband’s Lover

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999. It was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another 16 novels, most lately a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a top 10 New York Times and number one Sunday Times author who has been published worldwide in over 25 languages. @lisajewelluk

‘Page one intrigued me. Page three hooked me. By page five, I was consumed.’ – A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window on Watching You

Image (c) Andrew Whitton

Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and began working as a journalist in 1998. Her most recent book, He Said/She Said spent a total of twelve weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists. Her first novel The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and a Richard & Judy bestseller, and was longlisted for the 2011 CWA John Creasy Award. The Sick Rose, The Burning Air and The Ties That Bind were all published to critical acclaim and her books have been translated into 25 languages. In 2014, she wrote the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch but sadly did not get to meet David Tennant.

As well as writing fiction Erin continues to work as a journalist and also teaches creative writing. She lives in north London with her husband and daughters. Website

'Addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' - Nicci French on Stone Mothers

'A genuinely surprising twist that turns assumptions neatly on their heads.' - Observer on Stone Mothers

Platform Seven – Louise Doughty

14/09/2019 - 2:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Platform Seven – Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is the author of the smash-hit Apple Tree Yard, a Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling novel and flagship BBC One four-part series starring Emily Watson. The Orange Prize and Costa Novel award-winning writer returns to Norwich for the launch of her latest book Platform Seven; a gripping, brilliant, original and eerily-timely story set at night in an empty railway station.

'Louise Doughty leads her unnerved readers into dark territory.' - Hilary Mantel

‘Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to breaking point.’ - The Times

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty

Platform Seven is Louise Doughty’s ninth novel. Her most recent book was Black Water, which was published in 2016 to critical acclaim in the UK and US, where it was nominated as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her Top Ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard sold over half a million copies in the UK alone and was adapted for BBC One as a four-part series starring Emily Watson. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize for fiction and the Costa Novel award and her work has been translated into 30 languages. She lives in London. Website @doughtylouise

Image (c) Nathalie Weatherald

Scandal in the City

14/09/2019 - 3:30 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Scandal in the City

Leye Adenle, Sarah Hilary, Vaseem Khan

Beneath the sparkling facades of the world’s greatest cities there lies a web of secrecy, duality and social tension fit for any fictional crime scene. Join Leye Adenle (The Beautiful Side of the Moon), Sarah Hilary (Someone’s Else’s Skin) and Vaseem Khan (Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series) as they probe the dirty underbelly of big cities and examine why built-up landscapes, such as Mumbai, Lagos, and London, make for such compelling criminal settings.

Leye Adenle

Leye Adenle

Leye Adenle, winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016, is a Nigerian writer living and working in London. His latest novel, The Beautiful Side Of The Moon draws on age-old African story-telling traditions, modern science-fiction and contemporary thriller writing. Website @LeyeAdenle

‘Spectacular - Adenle is crime fiction's best new voice for years.’ - Lee Child

‘Leye Adenle has my vote for crown prince of crime writers in the UK.’ - James Ellroy

Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing and Come And Find Me. Website @sarah_hilary

‘Hilary belts out a corker of a story, all wrapped up in her vivid, effortless prose. If you’re not reading this series of London-set police procedurals then you need to start right away’ - The Observer, Thriller of the Month

Image (c) Linda Nylind

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels.

He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order. Website @VaseemKhanUK

‘Keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra - and the elephant - for a long series.’ - The Sunday Times

Image (c) Nirupama Khan

Dissecting Euro Noir

14/09/2019 - 5:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Dissecting Euro Noir

Simone Buchholz, Antti Tuomainen

Simone Buchholz and Antti Tuomainen are two pillars of the Euro Noir community, penning some of the darkest, grittiest and most riveting crime thrillers of recent years. We are delighted to welcome Simone from Germany and Antti from Finland to dissect their latest novels in translation, their use of grisly detail or dark humour, and why they think European crime fiction is one of the most electrifying and successful genres in the world.

Simone Buchholz

Simone Buchholz

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, she was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and second place in the German Crime Fiction Prize, for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son. Website @ohneKlippo

'If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther had a literary love child, it might just explain Chastity Riley - Simone Buchholz's tough, acerbic, utterly engaging central character' - William Ryan

Antti Tuomainen

Antti Tuomainen

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. His new book, Little Siberia, is both a crime novel and a blacker-than-black comedy about faith and disbelief, love and death. Website @antti_tuomainen

Conviction – Denise Mina

14/09/2019 - 7:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Conviction – Denise Mina

Denise Mina

Denise Mina has been described as ‘one of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past 20 years’. Twice the winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, she is best known for her popular Detective Alex Morrow series and The Long Drop, a true crime story about Glaswegian serial killer Peter Manuel.

Join us for a dissection of her latest novel Conviction; a fast-paced and compulsive tale of a true crime podcast, a sunken yacht and a murder in the Mediterranean, which showcases her discerning eye for great fictional and true crime stories.

A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you'll devour Conviction' - Erin Kelly

Denise Mina

Denise Mina

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels include The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio. Website @DameDeniseMina

'Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once: a fabulous, captivating novel' - Nicci French on Conviction

‘One of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past twenty years, an artist whose thrillers double as bracing moral inquiries. You finish a Denise Mina novel feeling enriched and enhanced, as though you'd just discovered some new virtue within yourself, some new inspiration. Conviction is her finest work to date: a dark star of a novel, blazingly intense, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell. Yet again, I'm astounded.’ -A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

Image (c) Ollie Grove

Noirwich Live

14/09/2019 - 8:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Noirwich Live

Join us after hours at Dragon Hall for some drinks, micro readings, and crime fiction-flavoured chat. An ideal chance to meet and mingle with the writers, readers and fans who all make Noirwich such a special festival.

Free entry please book in advance

Sunday 15 September

The Bloody Brunch

15/09/2019 - 10:30 am - National Centre for Writing

The Bloody Brunch

Presented by the Times and Sunday Times Crime Club

The Bloody Brunch returns! Celebrate the weekend in style with a ticket to both Sunday morning events at the Festival, and a complimentary Bloody Mary from Big Tom and Ghost Vodka.

A combo ticket will give you access to:

Crime Club Crime Club Crime Club

It's difficult to make a good Bloody Mary consistently when making from scratch glass by glass because you need to combine several ingredients in small quantities. With Big Tom you get it right first time…every time.

Dark Pasts: historical crime fiction

15/09/2019 - 10:30 am - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Dark Pasts: historical crime fiction

E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve, Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Why do some historical periods attract particularly high body counts? If time is said to heal all wounds, what draws so many writers towards novels set in the past? Join E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve and Laura Shepherd-Robinson for a discussion on what drew them to historical crime fiction, the discoveries made through research, and how important plausibility and authenticity are when writing a good story.

E C Fremantle

E C Fremantle

E.C. Fremantle holds a First for her BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As Elizabeth Fremantle she is the critically acclaimed author of four Tudor historical novels: Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and The Girl in the Glass Tower. Her latest novel The Poison Bed has drawn comparisons to The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - an explosive mix of sex, murder, treachery and witchcraftian history. She lives in London and Norfolk. @LizFremantle

'Warning: this book may well take over your summer. Think Gillian Flynn meets The Miniaturist' - Waterstones

‘A gripping page-turner that will have you awake long into the night. Ingenious’ - The Times

Image (c) JP Masclet

Alex Reeve

Alex Reeve

Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer. The Anarchists’ Club is the second in a series of books featuring Leo Stanhope, following on from the 2019 Richard and Judy Book Club pick The House on Half Moon Street. @storyjoy

'Exquisitely realised...a complete world that feels so real you can almost feel the tobacco smoke wreathing around the chess club sting your eyes, and the damp stink of the Thames. - i

Image (c) Cath Harries

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Laura Shepherd-Robinson was born in Bristol in 1976. She has a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Laura worked in politics for nearly 20 years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. She lives in London with her husband, Adrian. Blood & Sugar is her first novel. @LauraSRobinson

A Taste of Murder: gourmet crime

15/09/2019 - 12:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

A Taste of Murder: gourmet crime

MJ Carter, Martin Walker

From Agatha Christie’s deadly champagne cyanide to the grotesque culinary proclivities of Hannibal Lecter, food and crime have always been a popular pairing in fiction. Take a seat at the chef’s table as M. J. Carter and Martin Walker embark on a palatable journey through crime fiction with a tasty twist: focusing on Walker’s Inspector Bruno, Chief of Police and gourmet cook.

MJ Carter

MJ Carter

MJ (Miranda) Carter, journalist and historian, turned to thriller-writing because it was so much fun making stuff up. She has written three thrillers set in the 1840s, the first, The Strangler Vine, and the third The Devil’s Feast, shortlisted for CWA Daggers. She is also the author of two non-fiction books: Anthony Blunt: His Lives, her biography of the Cambridge spy, which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best books of 2002, and Three Emperors, about the 30 years before the First World War. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

‘Wonderful...the whodunit plot takes in celebrity chefs, extraordinary cuisine, international diplomacy and Victorian political shenanigans. The Devil's Feast proves to be a sumptuous treat.’ - The Times

Martin Walker

Martin Walker

Martin Walker is a prize-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. He is best known for The Dordogne Mysteries series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police. He lives in the Dordogne, France and Washington, DC.

Image (c) Bastian Schweitzer

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

15/09/2019 - 2:00 pm - National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an international writing sensation and ‘Iceland’s crime queen’ (The Scotsman). Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, she is a master of atmosphere who suffuses addictive procedural stories with the isolation and desolateness of her native country. We are delighted to welcome Yrsa to Norwich for the first time as the inaugural UNESCO Noirwich Writer in Residence, connecting Norwich and Reykjavik as UNESCO Cities of Literature. Please join us for this very special event exploring her world of dark, extraordinary and chilling Icelandic Noir.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The second instalment, My Soul to Take, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I Remember You was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award, was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made into a film starring Jóhannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 The Silence of the Sea won the Petrona Award for the year's best Scandinavian crime novel, and The Legacy, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers. @YrsaSig

‘Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.’ —The Times Literary Supplement

‘Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson.’ —The Telegraph

Image (c) Lilja Birgisdóttir

Workshop tickets

If you're a writer don't miss our creative writing workshops - morning and afternoon slots available!

Workshop: How to craft a gripping spy thriller

13/09/2019 - 11:00 am - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Workshop: How to craft a gripping spy thriller

Mick Herron

Learn from one of the great spy thriller writers of our time – a master of sardonic wit and edge-of-your-seat storytelling who is often compared to John le Carré and Len Deighton. Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, will share his incomparable insights into crafting a compelling plot that will keep your reader hooked from the first page.

Offer: Purchase a combined package of Claire and Mick Herron's workshops for £70!

This two-hour workshop is running twice throughout the day: 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm.

Mick Herron

Mick Herron

Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the Sarah Tucker/Zoë Boehm series and the standalone novel Reconstruction. Slow Horses, the first Jackson Lamb novel, was nominated for the Steel Dagger, and was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ‘the twenty greatest spy novels of all time’. The second in the series, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best 25 crime novels of the past five years. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers, for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and for the 2017 Macavity Award. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017.

Spook Street – described by the Irish Times as ‘a modern masterpiece’ – won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017, and was included in best of the year lists by the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Financial Times and the Seattle Times. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.

The fifth Jackson Lamb novel, London Rules, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers and has been longlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. It has also been shortlisted for the Barry and Last Laugh Awards.

Mick’s latest novel is Joe Country, published in June 2019. Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and lives in Oxford. He writes full time. Website

'As a master of wit, satire, insight and that very English trick of disguising heartfelt writing as detached irony before launching a surprise assault on the reader’s emotions, he is difficult to overpraise' – Telegraph

Workshop: Making a Murderer

13/09/2019 - 11:00 am - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Workshop: Making a Murderer

Claire McGowan

Creating memorable characters with Claire McGowan

Learn how to develop a compelling lead character for your crime fiction – with the potential to carry a series – in this bitesize writing workshop from Claire McGowan. Delve deep into the psyche of your heroes and villains, and gain practical advice on how to construct scenes with emotional depth and range.

Claire is a writer and teacher whose highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series has been described as ‘weird, intriguing, gripping and original’. Her latest crime novel, What You Did, will be published in August 2019.

Offer: Purchase a combined package of Claire and Mick Herron's workshops for £70!

This two-hour workshop is running twice throughout the day: 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm.

Image (c) Alan Harbord

Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods. Website

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