Friday, 25 November 2016

Another Crime, Another Place - St Hilda's College Mystery and Crime Conference 2017

St Hilda’s College Mystery and Crime Conference   18 / 20 August 2017
We are pleased to announce that the theme of the 2017 conference will be
‘Another Crime, Another Place:  the role of location in crime fiction.’

Natasha Cooper will take the Chair and our other award-winning regular conference speakers include Val McDermid and Andrew Taylor. We will also welcome the speakers confirmed so far:

Lin Anderson, Tartan Noir novelist and screenwriter, author of the Rhona MacLeod forensic crime thriller series, and a co-founder of the annual Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival.

Lorna Dawson, head of the Soil Forensics Group at the Hutton Institute and honorary professor in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, who has worked as tv drama forensics advisor on Vera and Silent Witness, and with crime authors including Ann Cleeves  and Lin Anderson.

Mark Billingham, TV writer and stand-up comedian whose series of Tom Thorne novels, starting with Sleepyhead, have been adapted for TV in an acclaimed series starring David Morrissey.  Winner twice of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

Belinda Bauer, former journalist and screenwriter, who won the Carl Foreman BAFTA for her screenplay The Locker Room. Her debut novel Blacklands earned her the CWA’s Gold Dagger, and Rubbernecker won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2014.

Jake Kerridge, journalist and critic who writes on arts and books for several publications and ‘takes an unhealthy interest in violence and murder as the Telegraph's crime fiction critic.’

Abir Mukerjee, who was working as an accountant when won the Telegraph-Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition with his debut novel, A Rising Man. Set in India in 1919, it is hoped to be the first of a series featuring Capt Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee.

Manda Scott, Edgar-nominated author of the best-selling Boudica series and the Sebastos Pantera Roman novels, who began her career with a series of crime novels set in Scotland.

Henry Sutton, Award-winning crime novelist and academic whose novels include My Criminal World  and Get Me Out of Here. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and co-director of the MA in Prose Fiction UEA Creative Writing Course.

And announcing Conference Guest, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Queen of Nordic Noir.  
Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers including ‘I Remember You’ (Icelandic Crime Fiction Award.)
The Conference Dinner will be held in aid of The P D James Fund which supports to the work of the English School and students at St Hilda’s College.

BOOK NOW :  Priority booking is available until 31st March 2017 at
More news, including the full programme and social media updates, will follow soon.

The St Hilda’s College Mystery and Crime Conference Planning Committee are:  Triona Adams, Natasha Cooper, Jean Harker, Jake Kerridge, Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor and Bronwyn Travers

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