Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2016



A Crime Writing Festival in Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature.

15 - 18 September 2016

Norwich's annual deadly festival of crime writing returns in September 2016.


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For a chilling start to the autumn indulge in four days of criminally good writing, masterclasses, film screenings and book launches... 

More information and fill lineup to be announced shortly.




Noirwich 2015

Norwich's second annual deadly festival of crime writing took place in September 2015 and was an exciting collaboration between the Dead Good Books (Penguin Random House's crime community), the University of East Anglia and Writers' Centre Norwich.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival celebrated the sharpest noir and crime writing over four days of author events, writing masterclasses and a very bloody brunch, in Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature. Highlights included Lee Child,  Andy McNab, Anne Cleeves, the Killer Women and Peter Robinson.

Missed out? Never fear, you can watch and listen to some of the spine-tingling conversations below...




Friday 18th September  

Creating Light and Dark with James Runcie, S J Bolton and Linwood Barclay
Two of England’s most popular crime writers – James Runcie and Sharon Bolton - are joined by bestselling Canadian author Linwood Barclay, to discuss contrasting but interconnected approaches to crime writing. 



The Wisdom of Psychopaths with Prof Kevin Dutton
This event is sponsored by Right Angle Events 
Renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton combines original scientific research with bold on-the-ground reporting to reveal a shocking truth: beneath the hype and the popular characterisation, psychopaths have something to teach us.



Saturday 19th September

From Page to Screen: Ann Cleeves on her creation, Vera Stanhope
Ann Cleeves is joined by Martha Hillier, the lead scriptwriter from ITV's Vera starring Brenda Blethyn, and ex-senior CSI with County Durham police, Helen Pepper.



Ones to Watch – First Blood 
Three fantastic debut thriller writers - T.R.Richmond, Kate Hamer and Ruth Ware take to the stage to discuss their inspiration, journey to publication and the business of crime writing.




The Killer Women  discuss ‘killer twists’ with Paul Johnston 
The London female crime-writing collective Killer Women - Helen Giltrow, Colette McBeth, Kate Rhodes and Laura Wilson - take to the stage with Scottish author Paul Johnston.




Peter Robinson and Nicci French in Conversation 
The author of the Inspector Banks mystery series Peter Robinson joins crime-writing duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.





Sunday 20th September



The Bloody Brunch 

The newest, boldest and bloodiest event in the crime-writing calendar, featuring Elly Griffiths, Elizabeth Haynes, Paul Johnston and Stav Sherez.