Catch-up on Noirwich 2020

RELIVE NOIRWICH 2020

All the events from Noirwich 2020 are available online and can be watched below, including Attica Locke's astonishing and timely lecture on property, power and prejudice.

Day One

Virtual residency: Paddy Richardson

10/09/2020 - 10:00 am - Podcast

Virtual residency: Paddy Richardson

Paddy Richardson

Noirwich 2020 was online, which means all the author events can still be accessed for free on YouTube and on the National Centre for Writing podcast. We kicked off with an interview with Paddy Richardson, one of our 'virtual' writers in residence. Paddy was talking from Dunedin in New Zealand to our programme director Peggy Hughes.

Paddy Richardson

Paddy Richardson

Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories and seven novels. Traces of Red and Cross Fingers were long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Crime Fiction Award and Hunting Blind and Swimming in the Dark were short listed. Through the Lonesome Dark was shortlisted for the New Zealand Historical Novel Award and longlisted for The Dublin International Literature Award. Paddy has been awarded Creative New Zealand Awards, the University of Otago Burns Fellowship, the Beatson Fellowship and the James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award. In 2019, she was awarded the Randell Cottage residency in Wellington where she spent six months writing and researching her latest novel to be published in 2021.

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.

‘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

Day Two

Virtual residency: Anita Terpstra

11/09/2020 - 5:00 am - Podcast

Virtual residency: Anita Terpstra

Anita Terpstra

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival continues with Anita Terpstra joining the National Centre for Writing's podcast from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to discuss her crime writing. Talking with Flo Reynolds, Anita reveals her path to becoming published and how keeping the faith and continuing to write are essential. It's an inspiring and positive conversation.

Anita Terpstra

Anita Terpstra

Anita Terpstra (1974) graduated in journalism and art history. Her successful debut thriller Nachtvlucht (Night Flight) was nominated for the Shadow Prize and the Crimezone Thriller Award. Samen (Together) was nominated for the Golden Gallows. Her books have been translated into German and French.

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).

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 shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. @TrevorWoodWrite

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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 stories and characters can pull back the veil on some forms of hidden power. 

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.

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

Day Three

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. 

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. 

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

Day Four

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

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

NOIRWICH WILL RETURN

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and we're very grateful to the artists and audiences who helped make this year's online festival such a success. We'll be back in 2021 and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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