Saturday 17 September, doors open 9.30am, event start 10am, WCN Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc

Tickets available on the door, cash or cheque.

The Guardian’s former crime correspondent, Duncan Campbell, is joined by former high security prison writer-in-residence and author of My Husband’s Wife, Jane Corry, and Kate Rhodes, author of the passionately researched Alex Quentin series. The panel will discuss the fascination with true crime, their personal approach to research and the balance between fact and fiction in their writing.

Part of an all-day celebration of crime fiction with six author panels. Food and drink served by The Feed, Hushwing Café and 42 King Street all day.



Duncan Campbell is former crime correspondent of the Guardian, former chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association and winner of the Bar Council’s newspaper journalist of the year. He has lectured widely on crime reporting and written on related subjects for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including New Statesman, Oldie, Esquire and British Journalism Review. He presented Crime Desk on BBC Radio 5 Live and often contributes to TV and Radio shows and documentaries.  He is the author of seven books including the bestselling The Underworld (1994) and an acclaimed crime novel, If it Bleeds (2010).  He lives in London. Website

‘Duncan Campbell remains one of the very few journalists who has retained the criminal fraternity’s trust and respect … He is engagingly clever and writes like a dream.’ – Howard Marks


Jane Corry credit Justine Stoddart squareJane Corry is a writer and journalist, author of My Husband’s Wife and teaches creative writing all over the world. Recently she spent three years working as the writer-in-residence at a high-security prison for men.

In her own words: ‘I had always thought prisons were terrifying places for people who had done terrible things. But after my first marriage ended, I found myself working in one, and discovered a world I could not have imagined without actually being there. A world in which no one was quite who they seemed. A world that I found strangely addictive – so much so that it wormed its way into this book.’ @JaneCorryAuthor

Jane’s first domestic thriller My Husband’s Wife is published by Penguin.

Kate Rhodes squareKate Rhodes was born in London. She has worked as a teacher and university lecturer, and now writes full-time. Kate began her writing career as a poet, publishing two prize winning collections. She has held a Hawthornden fellowship and been shortlisted for Forward and Bridport Prizes. She has written four novels in the Alice Quentin series, Crossbones Yard, A Killing of Angels, The Winter Foundlings and River of Souls, the first of which was selected by Val McDermid for the Harrogate Crime festival’s New Blood panel championing new crime writers. In 2014 Kate Rhodes won the Ruth Rendell Short Story Award, sponsored by the charity InterAct. Website

‘An exciting story, very well told’ – Literary Review