The Line-up

EVENTS

The Noirwich 2022 programme of events will take place in person at UEA on Thursday 8 September and Friday 9 September - and extra events online only from Saturday 10 September.

Season Tickets allow entry to all in-person events at UEA on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, and two online events from Saturday 10 September, at a discounted price. Book your Season Ticket.

Digital Season Tickets allow online access to the whole Noirwich 2022 programme including in-person events at UEA on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, and online only events. Accessible within 10 working days of the festival. Book your Digital Season Ticket.

Thursday 8 September

The Price of Paradise: Emma Bamford and Emma Styles

08/09/2022 - 6:30 pm - Drama Studio, UEA

The Price of Paradise: Emma Bamford and Emma Styles

Join us for the 2022 Noirwich launch with emerging crime sensations - and UEA MA Creative Writing graduates - Emma Bamford and Emma Styles. They will discuss how to write an attention-grabbing debut, what gave them their big break, and how they found inspiration for their thrilling debuts. This event will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception.

Tickets £10/£8 concessions

A recording of this event will be available after the festival with our Digital Season Ticket.

Emma Bamford

Emma Bamford

Emma Bamford is an author and journalist who has worked for The Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Sailing Today and BOAT International. She spent several years sailing among some of the world’s most beautiful islands and has written two travel memoirs about her experiences - Casting Off and Untie the Lines. Emma joins us upon the release of her debut novel, Deep Water, a sinister and gripping story of secrets in paradise.

A graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Prose Fiction MA, she lives in the UK. Her next thriller is due to be published in summer 2023.

Praise for Deep Water

“Powered by a subtle, ominous tension. I loved this book”

Lee Child

"An incredible debut"

- B A Paris internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

"Gripping and pacy... A perfect summer read" 

- Imran Mahmood, bestselling author of You Don't Know Me

Emma Styles

Emma Styles

Emma Styles writes contemporary Australian noir about young women taking on the patriarchy. She grew up in Whadjuk Noongar country in Perth, Western Australia (WA) and now lives in London, the city of her birth. Emma loves a road trip and once sat out in a cyclone on the north-west coast of WA in a Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. She is less afraid of great white sharks than she should be, and hopeless at surfing.

Emma has an MA in Crime Fiction from the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, No Country for Girls – winner of the Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award 2020 - is a gritty, twisty road-trip thriller that follows two young women on the run across the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Australia.

Praise for No Country For Girls

"Fresh as hell with two strikingly original protagonists who blaze a thrilling trail through the outback. Not just a terrific debut, a terrific book full stop"  

- Trevor Wood, author and CWA Dagger winner 

“A taut, evocative and utterly absorbing road-trip thriller about two young women on the run for their lives… Unputdownable”

– Jacob Ross, author of The Bone Readers

"Razor-sharp wit meets pumping action, with twists and turns to keep the pages turning! No Country for Girls is the road trip for our time; relevant, powerful and unrelentingly entertaining... welcome Emma Styles. We didn't know how much we needed you until you came"

- Femi Kayode, author of Lightseekers

UEA MA Anthologies: Crime Fiction Launch

08/09/2022 - 8:00 pm - Drama Studio, UEA

UEA MA Anthologies: Crime Fiction Launch

Featuring UEA MA Crime Fiction Graduates 2022

Meet future stars of the genre at this year’s UEA MA Anthologies: Crime Fiction launch, a gripping collection of crime fiction from this year’s graduates, with a foreword by Lee Child. The launch will be attended by agents and publishers, with short readings from the authors and a chance to mingle. Followed by a complimentary drinks reception.

Copies of the anthology are now available to pre-order from EggBox Publishing.

Free entry, but booking is essential.

A recording of this event will be available after the festival with our Digital Season Ticket.

"I am so proud of what these crime writers have achieved already, and excited for all of the questions and generosity in their work to come. So much is uncertain at present, but here is proof of the future"

- Tom Benn, Lecturer in Crime Writing, UEA

Friday 9 September

The Noirwich Lecture 2022: Yelena Moskovich

09/09/2022 - 6:30 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

The Noirwich Lecture 2022: Yelena Moskovich

Presented in partnership with the National Centre for Writing

We are honoured to welcome the award-winning Soviet-Ukrainian American and French novelist and artist Yelena Moskovich for the annual Noirwich lecture. Moskovich’s ground-breaking novels trenchantly atomise and repurpose tenets of crime fiction to explore fractured identities, living histories and uncanny sins. Their timely lecture will reflect on the volatility and mutability of the written word and the world; and why ‘Every Russian literary work is a crime novel’.

Tickets £12/£10 concessions

A recording of this event will be available after the festival with our Digital Season Ticket.

IT’S TERRIBLE TO BE TERRIBLE AND STILL WANT LOVE

This is a story about how terrible it is to be alive and how wonderful it is to be dead. This is a love story about hate. This is a crime looking to be punished. This is a story ashamed of its story. It’s the same old story. It cannot speak of what it has seen. The story is the transcript of this witness, who was not there, who saw nothing, and who died before being born.

- Yelena Moskovich

Yelena Moskovich

Yelena Moskovich

Yelena Moskovich is a Ukrainian-born American and French artist and writer, author of Virtuoso, long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Natashas. She emigrated to Wisconsin with family as Jewish refugees in 1991, then alone to Paris in 2007. She has written for Vogue, Frieze, Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review and Dyke On Magazine. She joins us upon the release of her third novel, A Door Behind a Door, an exploration of the post-Soviet diaspora, through a mesmeric blending of past and present, desire and violence.

Praise for A Door Behind a Door

"We don’t often see writing like this: genuinely subversive and innovative, an experiment in form that is actually discomfiting"

- the Guardian

"A genre-bending work that isn’t quite like anything I’ve ever read"

Los Angeles Review of Books

"Moskovich draws on Clarice Lispector, Sophie Calle, and even Pauline Réage, as she moves around the page, the body, the world"

- BOMB Magazine

Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Charlie Higson

09/09/2022 - 8:00 pm - The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Charlie Higson

Creator and star of the comedy series The Fast Show, and author of the bestselling Young Bond books, will discuss Whatever Gets You Through the Night – his first adult crime novel in 25 years, with UEA Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction, Henry Sutton.

Tickets £12/£10 concessions

A recording of this event will be available after the festival with our Digital Season Ticket.

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson started writing when he was ten years old. After university, he was a singer and painter and decorator before he started writing for television. He went on to create and star in the hugely successful comedy series, The Fast Show. He is the author of the bestselling Young Bond books and the incredibly successful horror series, The Enemy. He joins us to discuss, Whatever Gets You Through the Night - a crime novel with a thrillingly dark heart about the truths that lurk beneath the picture postcard surface of a sunny Mediterranean idyll - his first adult crime novel in 25 years.

Praise for Whatever Gets You Through The Night

“A hugely enjoyable sun-soaked thriller: hard-edged but warm, tense but funny, vividly ultra-modern and yet deliciously old-fashioned”

- Christopher Brookmyre, author of Fallen Angel

"Charlie Higson coming back to the world of adult thrillers is a major event. And what a comeback. Higson's new thriller will certainly get you through the night, though you may not get a lot of sleep..."

- Mark Billingham, author of the Tom Thorne series

Saturday 10 September

New Directions in Cosy Crime: Janice Hallett and Vaseem Khan

10/09/2022 - 10:00 am - Online

New Directions in Cosy Crime: Janice Hallett and Vaseem Khan

With wildly new approaches to cosy crime booming in the last few years, as readers return to escapism, Sunday Times bestselling author, Janice Hallett and CWA Historical Dagger 2021 winner Vaseem Khan, explore the revival and the precedents in this online event.

Tickets £6

Also available as part of the Digital Season Ticket.

Janice Hallett

Janice Hallett

Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. After gaining an MA in Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, she co-wrote the feature film, Retreat. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was a Sunday Times bestseller, a Sunday Times crime book of the year, and shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Twyford Code was one the most highly anticipated releases of 2022 and spent over a month in the hardback top ten. When not indulging her passion for global adventure travel, Janice is based in West London.

Praise for The Twyford Code

“Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie with a cracking twist. Witty and wonderful”

- Marion Todd, author of Lies to Tell

"An elegant puzzle of a book, which entombs an exquisite little heart"

- Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories

"A superb mystery with true heart at its centre. No one does twists quite like Janice Hallett"

- Sophie Flynn, author of All My Lies

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan is the author of two award-winning crime series set in India. His debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020. In 2021, Midnight at Malabar House, the first in the highly acclaimed Malabar House novels set in 1950s Bombay, won The Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger. His latest work, The Lost Man of Bombay, is the third incredible novel in the Malabar House series featuring Persis Wadia, India’s first female police detective. Vaseem was born in England but spent a decade working in India. Vaseem also co-hosts the popular crime fiction podcast, The Red Hot Chilli Writers.

Praise for The Lost Man of Bombay

“This is historical crime fiction at its sharpest, set on the brink of independence and during a dramatic period of the subcontinent's history”

- the Sunday Times

"Outstanding. I've always been a fan of Vaseem Khan but this latest offering is something special and something new" 

- Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me

"This is a crime novel for everyone; for those who love traditional mysteries there are clues, codes and ciphers, but it also had a harder edge and a post-war darkness" 

- Ann Cleeves, author of the Inspector Ramsey series

Murder Most Modern: Scarlett Brade and Bella Mackie

10/09/2022 - 10:00 am - Online

Murder Most Modern: Scarlett Brade and Bella Mackie

Join us for a special online discussion of the contemporary revenge thriller, featuring #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Bella Mackie (How To Kill Your Family) and debut crime writer Scarlett Brade (The Hive). Bella and Scarlett will consider the most recent innovations in the thriller form, reflecting particularly on how the sub-genre has begun to intersect with subjects like social media, mental health, and identity.

Tickets £6

Also available as part of the Digital Season Ticket.

Bella Mackie

Bella Mackie

Bella Mackie is writer and freelance journalist. Previously, she was a commissioning editor at the Guardian and deputy editor at Vice News. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Jog On: How Running Saved My Life, a candid account of how the writer ran herself to better mental health. How To Kill Your Family, her first novel, is a #1 Sunday Times bestseller and the biggest selling debut fiction hardback of 2021.

Praise for How To Kill Your Family

"A funny, compulsive read about family dysfunction and the media's obsession with murder"

- the Sunday Times on How To Kill Your Family

"... Funny, sharp, dark and twisted, Grace is a character I found myself rooting for even as she committed the most vile misdeeds"

- Jojo Moyes

Scarlett Brade

Scarlett Brade

Scarlett Brade is the daughter of parents who migrated from the Caribbean to England in the early 1970s. She was born and educated in London.  As a child she spent her summers in Canada, where she developed her love affair with reading. When not writing, Scarlett spends most of her time cooking, drinking fine wines, and entertaining family and friends. The Hive - Scarlett’s first psychological thriller novel -is a disturbingly prescient and terrifically suspenseful revenge thriller for the social media generation.


Praise for The Hive

"A dark, stylish and gripping revenge thriller from an exciting new voice"

- Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door

"Revenge is definitely a dish best served cold in this tense, topical and stylish thriller"

- TM Logan, author of The Catch

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