Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child (HarperCollins) I’m thrilled to be teaching and panelling at Noirwich for the first time. Having taught on the MA in crime writing at UEA I know first hand how much expertise and enthusiasm Henry Sutton and his wonderful team at the Writers’ Centre bring to the festival. Aside from my own events, natch, I’m particularly looking forward to sneaking into the back of Stav Sherez’s workshop. Stav is one of the crime fiction’s real originals so I’m excited by the prospect of copying all his best ideas.
Lone Thiels, author of Fatal Crossing (Arcadia Books) This is my first time here and I am excited to go to Noirwich not only to visit the town, but also to have the privilege of meeting my British readers properly and to talk about my fascination of the sea. As a writer it is still overwhelming for me to connect with people who know and like Nora Sand, and this is particularly the case for me here in the UK which I consider my second home country. Since my heroine is Danish, but based in the UK, I am always very keen to hear what my British readers make of her. I am also very much looking forward to meeting some of my colleagues, people that I have read and admired for years. If there is any time left, I will make sure to take a good walk around the city. Who knows, maybe I will get a great idea for a new crime scene?
Nick Quantrill, author of The Dead Can’t Talk (Caffeine Nights) As a first-timer heading to Noirwich, I’m very much looking forward to soaking up as much of the festival as I possibly can. I’m particularly excited to see how Cathi Unsworth’s delivers a performance of “The Resurrection of Dora Suarez”, using the text of Derek Raymond’s seminal novel and the dark music of James Johnston. It promises to be special. If I can tear myself away between events, I’m sure you’ll find me exploring the city centre record shops, indulging my passion for hunting vinyl.
Imran Mahmood, author of You Don’t Know Me (Penguin) As a complete newbie to Noirwich (this is my first year for festivals of any kind) I have the kind of excitement that a child must have when they are first taken to Disney Land (or in my case Alton Towers). I am excited to be on the New Blood panel with Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. I might even just sneak off to sit with the audience and listen to them speak! I’m also looking forward to catching Dark Shores – what an amazing line-up and a really interesting subject for a panel. If I get the chance to explore Norwich I really would like to go on a Norwich Ghost Walk – If I see a ghost I am definitely going to include him or her in my next book.
Stav Sherez, author of The Intrusions (Faber & Faber) What I’m really excited about is interviewing the legendary Val McDermid. To be honest, I’m pretty terrified about it too – after all, are there any questions she hasn’t been asked in her 30-year career? I’m also very much looking forward to teaching my first ever workshop (and terrified about that too). But the thing I’m most looking forward to is talking about books and nothing but books for 48 hours. It’s a rare chance to escape the fractious world and focus on what brings us together rather than on all the things which tear us apart.
Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead (Orenda Books) I’m a Noirwich festival virgin and I’m thrilled to be there on Saturday for the Fresh Blood panel with the super talented Imran Mahmood and Joseph Knox. I can’t wait for the Nasty Women panel with three ‘Killer Women’ talking women in crime fiction, and the Dark Shores panel who’ll be discussing why the North Sea draws people to writing noir. I know the late afternoon Stand Up In The Bar with Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre will be hilarious – I’ve seen these guys in action before and they had me crying with laughter. Definitely a must see!
Leye Adenle, author of Easy Motion Tourist (Cassava Republic Press) Each time I’m invited to a writing festival at a place I’ve never been, I look forward to visiting the sights, discovering the perfect café away from the tourist traps, finding a piece of the city or town or village to take home with me. And each time I return, the one thing that I’ve enjoyed the most is the time spent with authors, readers, organizers, and other festival attendees. This is now all I ever I look forward to. Of course I’ve convinced myself I’ll make an attempt to visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. But…
Noirwich Crime Writing Festival will run 14-17 September, Tickets: www.noirwich.co.uk. The festival is run in partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich and The University of East Anglia.