2020 programme

We’ll be revealing full details of all of our panels this month.

Saturday 14th November 2020

9 – 9.45am

10 – 11am
Panel 1 (full details coming this month!)

11:15 – 12:15pm
Writing in the Margins: Ann Cleeves, Elly Griffiths, Sarah Ward
Ann Cleeves, Diamond Dagger winner and author of the Vera and Shetland novels, in conversation with Elly Griffiths. Chaired by Sarah Ward, these two fabulous writers will discuss the marginal/coastal locations in their crime novels, touching on the importance of nature, isolation and forgotten communities in their writing.

12:15 – 1:00pm

1:00 – 2:00pm
Gritty and Gripping: Mandasue Heller, Mel Sherratt, Noelle Holten, Caz Finlay
What makes a book unputdownable? What makes a reader keep turning the pages? Gritty and gripping are just some of the words used to describe the novels of these three fantastic authors. Chaired by Caz Finlay, these bestselling authors will discuss just how they put the grit and grip into their thrillers, and what they think keeps their readers coming back for more.

2:15 – 3:15pm
Poirot: The Greatest Detective: Sophie Hannah and Dr Mark Aldridge
Poirot is a monstrous ego, describing himself both as “probably the greatest detective in the world”, and “the greatest mind in Europe”. Christie, irritated with his tedious quirks, tried to kill her Belgian detective off, but her publishers (and readers) loved him, the Poirot novels thrived, and they have been adapted scores of times for TV, film, radio – even graphic novels. Now Sophie Hannah has received the blessing of the Christie estate to write more Poirot novels – her fourth will be released in August this year. So, what is it about Poirot – this little, round, pompous, faintly ridiculous Agatha Christie creation – which gives him such enduring appeal? Find out when Sophie Hannah discusses Poirot with Dr Mark Aldridge, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV studies, and international authority on Agatha Christie.

3:15 – 4:00pm
Break / Crime Writing workshop with David Jackson

4:00 – 5:00pm
Panel 5 (full details coming this month!)

5:15 -6:15pm
Panel 6 (full details coming this month!)

Our book sales room will be open all day, with authors making appearances for book signings.

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