Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2013

This year the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival are hosting various crime fiction events.

16 September at 6.45pm
Digging Into the Darkness: The Twist In The Tale Of Psychological Thriller Writing 
Sophie Hannah, Sabine Durrant & Christopher Fowler talk to Peter Guttridge

Three contemporary thriller writers discuss their craft with crime fiction critic Peter Guttridge. The Carrier is a compulsive puzzle of a novel from Sophie Hannah that has you hooked from the very first page. Sabine Durrant's Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that you should assume nothing, believe no one and check everything, while Christopher Fowler's latest novel, Bryant & May and the Invisible Code won the eDUNNIT Crimefest Award.

16th September at 8.30pm 
Nick Ross, presenter of Crimewatch will be talking about his new book, 'Crime.'

In a whirlwind demolition of dozens of misconceptions about crime, hear Nick Ross propose what is arguably the most radical re-think of crime policy since the dawn of policing. BBC Crimewatch presenter, Ross, demonstrates in Crime why the criminal justice system has little effect on crime rates, how policing has been hijacked to serve the needs of lawyers, and how "facts" about crime are continually manipulated to serve the needs of politicians and the media. Most importantly, he sets out a wide-ranging strategy for revolutionising criminal and policing policy.

17 September at 12:30pm 
The Complete Jack The Ripper with Donald Rumbelow. 

Fully updated and revised, Donald Rumbelow's classic work is the ultimate examination of the facts, theories, fictions and fascinations surrounding the greatest whodunit in history. Rumbelow, a former London Metropolitan policeman, and authority on crime, subjects every theory to deep scrutiny. He also examines the horrifying parallel crimes of the Dusseldorf and Yorkshire Rippers to try and throw further light on the atrocities of Victorian London.

17th September at 2pm 
Crime, Mystery and the Short Story.

As members of the Crime Writers' Association, celebrate its 60th anniversary this year John Harvey and Stella Duffy talk about their love of short crime fiction with Alison Joseph, Chair of the CWA. Is the short story's resurgence really such a mystery? 

17th September at 6.45pm  
'The Detective,' will see Mark Billingham and Robert Ryan in conversation  focusing on Billingham's 'The Dying Hours' and Ryan's 'Dead Man's Land.'

Complex individuals both alienate and inspire those around them. In the Sunday Times, best-selling author Billingham's, The Dying Hours, Detective Tom Thorne, having stepped out of line once too often, is back in uniform and he hates it. Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, he is forced to investigate alone. In Robert Ryan's new book Dead Man's Land, Dr John Watson, Sherlock Holmes' sidekick, is finally forced to take centre stage. Ryan's Watson must for once step out of the shadows and into the limelight if he's to solve the mystery behind inexplicable deaths.

For more information please contact –

Zoe Kaye
Literary Festival Assistant
T: 020 8511 7906

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