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On The Edge Of Your Seat...?

If you’ve somehow missed the last few years of blood-curdling festivities which were part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, this is the year to get involved! With some frighteningly good authors descending on Norwich between Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 September, you won’t want to miss this!

Top image: Dragon Hall


Kicking it all off is crime-writing powerhouse Peter James, who will be at Jarrolds for An Evening with Peter James. The author of various best-selling novels, including the hugely popular Detective Roy Grace series, will discuss his research methods, how he interviews criminals and experts in various forensic fields including DNA testing and explosives, and his new novel Love You Dead.


Ian Rankin, who has just been made UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia (UEA) - a university known for producing some fantastic literary legends, some of which we mention in this blog post - will discuss his new book Rather Be the Devil on Friday evening at UEA. The book will be released in November, so you can be one of the first to question him all about it!

Also at UEA on Friday evening will be Charlie Higson, who’ll discuss his hugely popular Young Bond series and all things 007. He’s a comedian and actor as well as an author, so you’ll definitely be in for an entertaining evening of discussion around thrillers, Bond and more from the author of this hugely successful Young Adult series.


An all-day event at Dragon Hall featuring six author panels, this is one we’re very excited about, and a great way to see loads of fantastic crime writers speak in one day – pure crime-writing indulgence! Subjects for the panels include ‘Brit Noir’, ‘From Fact to Fiction’, ‘Domestic Suspense’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ as well as a ‘Screenwriting 101’ discussion. At 8pm there’ll also be the chance to see two fantastic Brit writers in conversation – Denise Mina, and one of our favourite authors, Sophie Hannah! Tickets for each panel discussion are also available individually but, trust us, once you’re there you’ll want to stay all day!

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Image: Last year's Bloody Brunch event


Finally, round off this fantastic festival on Sunday with the fantastic ‘Bloody Brunch’: enjoy a tasty breakfast as you enjoy two discussion panels with various crime writers from the area – and this event will see the winner of the Noirwich micro fiction competition announced, too! Doors open 10.30am.


There’ll also be plenty of additional events taking place from Monday to Sunday which will be suitable for all ages – check out Noirwich Courtroom Drama (16 Sept, 1.30pm) at Norwich Castle, the Crime Trail Mystery (17 & 18 Sept) at The Forum and True Stories Live: It Wasn’t Me (18 Sept, 8pm) at Norwich Arts Centre just to start with – there are lots more to enjoy as well.


Tickets for individual events are available or, if you want to make the most of the weekend, get a season ticket to gain access to all the events. Buy your tickets & check availability here (but be quick - it’s always a very popular weekend!). Enjoy!


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