Saturday 17 September, 4pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc

Tickets available on the door, cash or cheque.

The perfect event for discovering the next great page-turners of 2016 before your friends! Abir Mukherjee, A.A. Dhand and Michelle Davies reveal the secrets behind finding inspiration, planning and writing a debut novel, getting an agent and how they got their big break.

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.


Abir Mukherjee square c.jpgThe son of Indian immigrants, Abir Mukherjee grew up in the west of Scotland. A graduate of the LSE, he reluctantly works in finance and won the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing competition 2014. A Rising Man is Abir’s first novel and was inspired by his family’s roots in Calcutta.

 ‘[A] terrific first novel…Mukherjee’s descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham’s position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly’ – Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month


A.A.Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels. The film rights for Streets of Darkness were sold in April 2016. Website

‘Outstanding – relentless, multi-layered suspense and real human drama make this a crime debut to relish’ – Lee Child



Michelle Davies square.jpgMichelle Davies spent the formative years as a reporter on a local newspaper in Buckinghamshire and interviewed many relatives of serious victims during that time. The memory of one particular case, the murder of a teenager stabbed as he tried to break up a fight, stayed with her years later because his family felt they weren’t getting any support from the police and tensions ran high throughout the subsequent trial, which Michelle covered.

Later, as a freelance journalist for women’s magazines, she secured an interview with Kerry Needham, whose son Ben Needham went missing in Kos in 1991 when he was a toddler. It was hearing her talk about it that gave Michelle the idea for making her central police character a FLO. Gone Astray is her first novel.

‘[A] stunningly accomplished debut . . . deserves to shoot to the top of the bestseller lists. I read it in a single sitting’ – Daily Mail