Join us for an afternoon of unique and fascinating live, Zoom crime writing events. All of our Zoom events are free but tickets must be booked in advance.
Saturday 14th November 2020
1pm – 1.40pm: THE GOTHIC IN CRIME
Elly Griffiths and Rhiannon Ward will discuss the origins of the gothic in crime, from Poe and Wilkie Collins to Conan Doyle, and explore the popularity of gothic elements in modern crime fiction. What makes the weird and spooky in gothic crime so attractive to modern readers? Is there a clue to its resurgence in the current worldwide cultural and existential crisis? Moderated by Margaret Murphy.
2pm – 2.40pm: CRIME WRITERS TO CRIME FIGHTERS
Writers on probation! Join M W Craven, Noelle Holten and Caz Finlay as they discuss how their careers in probation have influenced their writing, as we find out which is more challenging – fighting crime or writing it? Is the truth stranger than fiction?
3pm – 3.40pm: IN CONVERSATION WITH ANN CLEEVES
Ann Cleeves is one of Britain’s most successful crime authors. A CWA Gold and Diamond Dagger winner, she is also a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Her books are loved in print and on screen, with major TV adaptations of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland series. The first of Ann’s “Two Rivers” series, set in Devon, and featuring Detective Matthew Venn, was published last year and was an instant international bestseller. The dramatic rights were pre-emptively snapped up by Silverprint, the team who produced both “Vera and “Shetland”, so it looks like another Cleeves series is destined for TV! Meanwhile, Vera has begun filming its 11th season, and The Darkest Evening, her 9th Vera outing, is now available. Ann will be talking to fellow author, Sarah (Rhiannon) Ward.
With fascinating insights into the psychological research that informs the creation of murderous mentalities and twisted minds in their novels.
5pm – 5.40pm: THE CRIME SCREEN: CHRISTIE, CHANDLER AND CO ON FILM
Agatha Christie’s novels are probably the most adapted stories in the history of crime fiction. Join writer on crime fiction and film Barry Forshaw and Christie expert Dr Mark Aldridge for insights and opinions on the scores of film and TV interpretations of Marple and Poirot, including the many adaptations of Murder on the Orient Express. We also touch on the film adaptations of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett & Ross Macdonald’s, books, and the fun(?) of the fair in Attenborough’s rendition of Brighton Rock and Hitchcock’s reworking of Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train.
Perfect Crime is a collaboration between publisher Ian Skillicorn, and crime writers, Margaret Murphy and Caz Finlay.