Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2016

15 - 18 September 2016

For a chilling start to the autumn indulge in four days of criminally good writing at Noirwich - a crime writing festival in England's first UNESCO City of Literature. If you're feeling particularly bloodthirsty buy a festival season pass* for just £68 (£52 conc) and ensure you don't miss a single, spine-tingling moment.

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*Masterclasses not included


Thursday 15 September

An Evening with Peter James
6.30pm, The Pantry Restaurant, Jarrold, £10 / £8 conc
Join us for an evening in the company of Peter James, 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger winner and author of the detective Roy Grace series. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into 33 languages. 

Friday 16 September

Charlie Higson on Bond
6pm, Thomas Paine Centre, University of East Anglia, £8 / £6 conc
Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series, explores the essential ingredients of a classic James Bond story, as well as his own personal approach to the character's early adventures.

Spotlight: Ian Rankin
8pm, Thomas Paine Centre, University of East Anglia, £10 / £8 conc
As the UK’s number one bestselling crime writer, Ian Rankin needs no further introduction. Join him for a special event which marks the start of his position as UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor at UEA and the 30th anniversary of his most iconic character, Inspector John Rebus.

Saturday 17 September

All Saturday events take place at Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall. Doors open from 9.30am, first event 10am. Food and drink stalls available on-site throughout the day.

From Fact to Fiction: Duncan Campbell, Jane Corry and Kate Rhodes on Deadly Research
10am, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc
The Guardian’s former crime correspondent and author of My Husband’s Wife, Duncan Campbell, is joined novelists Jane Corry and Kate Rhodes for a conversation on the true stories that lie behind every great crime novel.

Keeping it in the Family: Domestic Suspense with Julia Crouch, Sarah Hilary and Christobel Kent
12noon, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc
Three shining stars of the genre peel back the veneer of domestic bliss to reveal the dangerous underbelly of families, relationships and home lives in their writing. 

Barry Forshaw, Angela Clarke, Steve Mosby and Dreda Say Mitchell discuss Brit Noir
2pm, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc
Leading expert on European crime fiction Barry Forshaw chairs a discussion on Britain’s love of crime writing and why the British Isles make such a compelling setting for spine-tingling narratives. He’s joined by Angela Clarke, Steve Mosby and Dreda Say Mitchell.

Ones to Watch – First Blood: Abir Mukherjee, A. A. Dhand and Michelle Davies
4pm, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc
The perfect event for discovering the next great page-turners of 2016 before your friends! Abir Mukherjee, A.A. Dhand and Michelle Davies reveal the secrets behind finding inspiration, planning and writing a debut novel, getting an agent and how they got their big break. 

Screenwriting 101 with  Tom Benn
6pm, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £8 / £6 conc
Author and award-winning screenwriter Tom Benn discusses how to write crime for the screen.

Sophie Hannah and Denise Mina in Conversation
8pm, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £10 / £8 conc
Two of Britain’s finest crime writers, Sophie Hannah and Denise Mina, in conversation. Sophie Hannah is the international bestselling author of 10 psychological thrillers and the new Agatha Christie Poirot continuation novels. Denise Mina is the multi- award-winning thriller writer whose Alex Morrow series won numerous awards

Sunday 18 September

The Bloody Brunch
From 11am, Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, £12 / £10 conc
Round off a criminally good weekend with a Bloody Mary, bacon butties and some sensational crime writing, all within the medieval setting of WCN Dragon Hall.


Got an idea in mind for the next bloodthirsty bestseller? Not sure what step to take next?

Our two hour crime writing workshops are the perfect opportunity for aspiring writers’ at any level to hone their craft, with guidance from successful writers and tutors in the industry.

Buy a combined package of both workshops for a reduced rate of £80/£75 conc, and dedicate a whole day to refining your writing.

How to Sell Your Idea for a Novel - Crime Writing Workshop with Angela Clarke
Friday 16 Sept, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £45 / £40 conc
What are the key elements tips and tricks to make sure your crime thriller grabs the attention of agents, editors and readers? Develop your criminally good idea into a professional pitch with help from acclaimed author, and reader for The Literary Consultancy, Angela Clarke Places restricted to 14 to ensure a tailored experience. Places restricted to 14 to ensure a tailored experience.

Angela will feature on a panel discussing Brit Noir at WCN Dragon Hall on Saturday 17 Sept. Find out more.

The Essentials of Plot - Crime Writing Workshop with Julia Crouch
Friday 16 Sept, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £45 / £40 conc
Uncover the secrets of constructing gripping, tightly-wrought fiction with successful novelist and Domestic Noir expert Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, and Tarnished. Julia will share top tips for tackling character arcs, cliff-hangers, plot twists and riveting narrators, providing guidance on how to turn your research into a successful crime story that will keep your readers on tenterhooks. Places restricted to 14 to ensure a tailored experience.

Julia will feature on a panel discussing Domestic Noir at WCN Dragon Hall on Saturday 17 Sept. Find out more

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If you love crime fiction now’s your chance to put pen to paper and dream up your own killer story! With its cobbled streets, ancient churches and crooked medieval buildings Norwich provides the perfect setting for a crime thriller. The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival together with VisitNorwich - Norwich, the City of Stories and intu Chapelfield have launched a new ‘micro-fiction’ competition to get us all writing. Deadline: 1 August 2016


Visiting Norwich for the crime writing festival? Pack out your weekend by adding these fantastic fringe events to your itinerary around the headline events!

Noirwich: Crime and Punishment
Saturday 10 September, 10.30am, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, free admission to event only
Join historians from Norwich Castle Museum as they reveal objects used to punish ‘criminals’ of the past. Visit our prison exhibition and venture into the Castle dungeons to hear the extraordinary stories about its prisoners and experience first-hand crime and punishment, medieval style! 

Noirwich Courtroom Drama
Friday 16 September, 1.30pm, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery & Norwich Castle Study Centre (Shirehall), free admission to event only
Take a tour of the prison exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum with our expert guide and explore the history of Crime and Punishment in Norwich: see the James Rush death mask and take prisoners’ route along a secret passage into the Shirehall Courtroom for a re-enactment of his trial. 

Crime Trail Mystery – for all the family
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September, The Forum, Norwich, free
Something sinister is afoot in the city! Pick up the first of your crime-mystery clues at The Forum and see if you can follow the city-centre trail to crack the case. All successful young detectives win a prize! 

Created by Isabelle King, author of children's book The Norfolk Story Book, endorsed by Norfolk Museums Service.Isabelle is the founder of Social Enterprise, Books Talk Back, interactive literary events with support from The Prince’s Trust and The British Library. 

Death of a Crime Writer – Murder Mystery
Saturday 17 September, Maid’s Head Hotel, £37.50 per person
Join us for our extremely popular murder mystery event in the UK's oldest hotel. Three course meal and entertainment at £37.50 per person. Extend the party with an overnight stay for £90 per couple, bed & breakfast. Book now.


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.