Fringe events

Organisations across the city are embracing the darker side of Norwich! From dungeon tours to twisted exhibitions – there’s plenty to fill your itinerary when you visit Norwich for the festival weekend…

Noirwich: Crime and Punishment

Saturday 10 September, 10.30am
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Free admission to event only – booking essential

Join historians from Norwich Castle Museum as they reveal objects used to punish ‘criminals’ of the past. Visit our prison exhibition and venture into the Castle dungeons to hear the extraordinary stories about its prisoners and experience first-hand crime and punishment, medieval style! Don’t forget to check out the exciting collection of local tales of murder, mystery and mayhem, specially selected by the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

Tickets are free, but booking essential: call Norwich Castle on 01603 495897 or 01603 493625 to reserve in advance. More info


Bounce and Crime Time

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 September, 10.30am – 11.15am & 11.30am – 12.15pm
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Free admission – booking essential

Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Norwich Castle bring you ‘Bounce & Crime Time’! FREE family and toddler events as part of Noirwich 2016, featuring amazing local storytelling favourite, Hannah Woodhall.

Tickets are free, but booking essential: call Norwich Castle on 01603 495897 or 01603 493625 to reserve in advance. Ages 2+ More info


Workshops for Schools: Julian Sedgwick – FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 13 September, 10am – 12pm

Meet sword-juggler and author extraordinaire of the Ghosts of Shanghai and Mysterium series, and the Greenaway shortlisted Dark Satanic Mills. Hear about his books, the motivations behind his work and take part in his ‘Creating Characters’ writing workshop. There will also be a Q&A session and a book-signing. Suitable for Y7 – 8s, £1 per head. Up to 15 pupils per school booking. For more information or to book tickets, contact: school.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk

Read the Norfolk SLS blog on ‘Crime fiction for younger readers’


Body of Evidence: A True Crime Murder That You Must Solve – 15% festival discount!

Thursday 15 September, 11.30am – 8.00pm
Friday 16 September, 11.30am – 8.00pm
Saturdy 17 September, 9.30am – 8.00pm
Sunday 18 September, 11.30am – 6.00pm
History Mystery, Norwich Guildhall, 1 hour duration

History Mystery escape games are exhilarating real-life history based games for 2 to 7 players, racing against the clock in the historic locations where those true stories actually happened. In our true crime murder mystery game Body of Evidence, ghastly discoveries on the streets of Victorian Norwich spark a murder hunt. In the Guildhall’s historic cell block, you’re the prime suspect. Can you piece together the clues to convict the murderer and find justice for the victim? This real-life murder lay unsolved for 18 years – you have just 1 hour! To discover more go to historymysterygame.com.

A special 15% festival discount is available for any Body of Evidence game during the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. Advance online booking is highly recommended to secure the game slot of your choice and use promo code NOIR15 to receive your discount.

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Noirwich Courtroom Drama

Friday 16 September, 1.30pm
Meet at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Free admission to event only – booking essential

Take a tour of the prison exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum with our expert guide and explore the history of Crime and Punishment in Norwich: see the James Rush death mask and take prisoners’ route along a secret passage into the Shirehall Courtroom for a re-enactment of his trial. Don’t forget to check out the exciting collection of local tales of murder, mystery and mayhem, specially selected by the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library!

Tickets are free, but booking essential: call Norwich Castle on 01603 495897 or 01603 493625 to reserve in advance. More info


Crime Trail Mystery – for all the family

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September, 9am – 5pm
The Forum, Norwich
Free

Queen Elizabeth 1st is visiting Norwich and expects a nice, expensive gift for her arrival. The Mayor of Norwich has the perfect present ready: a magnificent silver cup and some golden coins, fit for a Queen!

But what’s this? The cup and coins appear to be missing…someone must have stolen them! What pesky vagabond would do such a thing?

The Mayor of Norwich charges you, families, with the task of solving the crime, discovering the robber and retrieving the cup and coins….before the Queen arrives! All good detectives win a prize!

Something sinister is afoot in the city! Pick up the first of your crime-mystery clues at The Forum and see if you can follow the city-centre trail to crack the case. Suitable for 5 – 8 year olds, takes roughly 30 mins to complete.

Created by Isabelle King, author of children’s book The Norfolk Story Book, endorsed by Norfolk Museums Service.Isabelle is the founder of Social Enterprise, Books Talk Back, interactive literary events with support from The Prince’s Trust and The British Library.


Exhibition – Blood, Ink, Tears: The Making of a Crime Novel

Friday 16 September (preview), Tuesday 20 Sept – Thursday 24 November
UEA Library
Free entry

An exhibition from UEA’s British Archive for Contemporary Writing offers a glimpse inside the minds of some of our greatest crime writers including Ian Rankin, Charlie Higson and local writer, Alan Hunter, who wrote more than forty-six Inspector George Gently novels. How does a crime take root in the writer’s psyche? What are the twists and turns that bring the story into published form? The display features annotated manuscripts, original drafts and notebooks illustrating the creative process.


Death of a Crime Writer – Murder Mystery

Saturday 17 September
Maid’s Head Hotel
£37.50 per person

Join us for our extremely popular murder mystery event in the UK’s oldest hotel. Three course meal and entertainment at £37.50 per person. Extend the party with an overnight stay for £90 per couple, bed & breakfast. More info


True Stories Live: It wasn’t me…

Sunday 18 September, 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre
Pay what you can

Molly Naylor, LJ Hope Productions and Norwich Arts Centre present intimate, interesting, anecdotal storytelling from non-performers and performers alike – this time with a Noirwich twist in the tale…

Submit a brief summary of a story to perform or suggest a theme for future events by contacting truestorieslive@gmail.com. Guidelines, podcasts and many other exciting things are available via the True Stories Live Facebook page.

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