The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival (14 – 17 September) is an annual event celebrating all things crime fiction, bringing together leading authors and the best new talent. Crime addicts can indulge in the full festival fix with a Season Pass – if you love suspense, thrills and mysteries, this is the festival for you!
We’ve teamed up with the festival hosts, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia, to offer you an incredible prize - a pair of festival season passes and a two-night stay at Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club; full details below.
Image: Resurrection of Dora Suarez at Norwich Arts Centre
Which author will leave you desperate to read their latest novel? What draws people in to the dark world of noir? How do you get started if you want to be the next big crime writer? The festival will be able to satisfy all your crime fiction curiosities, leaving no stone unturned.
The festival is taking place at Norwich Arts Centre, the University of East Anglia and Jarrolds and includes author events, panel discussions, book signings and live music. Festival goers can buy a season pass, day tickets or individual event tickets. There are also writing workshops and free fringe events taking place around the festival. The season pass is £86 (concessions from £68), see full ticket information on the Noirwich website.
Thursday: The festival launches with an evening with Val McDermid, one of the industry’s top crime writers. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She’ll be in conversation with fellow author, Stav Sherez, discussing her work and her most recent novel, Insidious Intent . Tickets are £10 (concessions from £8).
Friday: Martina Cole – Queen of Gangland – will be in conversation with Henry Sutton (author of Criminal World and Get Me Out Of Here) at the University of East Anglia from 8pm. Martina will be discussing her most recent novel, Damaged, and her career encompassing over 20 novels, 14 million sales and numerous screen and stage adaptations. Tickets are £10 (concessions from £8).
Saturday: Don’t miss the Resurrection of Dora Suarez at Norwich Arts Centre at 7.30pm. This unique musical interpretation of Derek Raymond’s novel I Was Dora Suarez reunites The Terry Edwards band from the original show with crime writer Cathi Unsworth. Mixing video and audio, The Resurrection of Dora Suarez features musicians who have played with PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tickets are £8 (concessions from £6).
Sunday: First Monday Crime presents The Criminal World at Norwich Arts Centre at 10.30am. Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle (pictured) take a look at crime writing with an international twist, presented by William Ryan of the First Monday Crime team. Tickets are £10 (concessions from £6).
Make a living from crime: Do you have a bestselling crime novel within you? If your head is swimming with ideas for an intriguing plot, a few shady characters and a heroic detective, you may want the chance to learn from authors who have turned that dream into a reality. The University of East Anglia is holding two workshops on Friday 15th September – ‘Character and Motivation with Laura Wilson and Mel McGrath’ (£45) and ‘Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez’ (£45). You can book both workshops for a combined ticket at £80.
We’re giving you the chance to win a Noirwich weekend with two season passes for the festival, two nights in a beautiful countryside hotel – yet only four miles from Norwich – and more!
Here’s a look at the prize
2 x Noirwich Crime Writing Festival season passes
2-night stay at Sprowston Manor 4* Marriott Hotel & Country Club for two adults
Bed and breakfast plus dinner on one night
Bloody Marys on arrival.
2 x Visitor Attractions Passes to some of Norwich’s best loved attractions.
Closing date for entries is 4pm on Friday 4th August 2017. Prize must be taken between 14th and 17th September.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter your details on our Noirwich competition entry page; you’ll be signed up to our weekly City of Stories e-newsletter, full of the best things to see, do and visit in our wonderful city. Your details will only be shared with Writers' Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia and not passed on to any third parties. Full Ts&Cs on the competition page.
If you’re planning to visit the festival and want to combine it with some relaxation, why not book a stay in Norwich? Sprowston Manor is the perfect place to unwind after an intense day of crime, murder and mystery. The 16th century English Manor is surrounded by tranquil countryside and has an 18 hole golf course, La Fontana spa and fitness centre with an indoor pool. The hotel is just a short drive from the city centre. Visit the website to plan your stay.
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