The number one bestselling writer, Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, will headline this year’s Crime Story festival.

Crime Story is an innovative festival for readers and writers of crime fiction, providing rare access to experts from the fields of forensics, criminology, pathology and law, who reveal and interrogate the facts behind crime fiction. The biennial festival was launched by New Writing North and Northumbria University in 2014.

Appealing to crime readers as well as fans of Serial and Making a Murderer, the day-long festival invites audience and experts to pick apart a fictional crime, written this year by Paula Hawkins.

For crime writers, the festival also offers an extraordinary opportunity to challenge and improve the authenticity of their writing, by giving unique access to a wide range of experts in police science, as well as crime writers and publishing industry leaders.

Crime Story takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 11 June. The full festival programme will be announced and tickets released on Thursday 10 March at Crime Story: Portrait of a Criminal.

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