Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Martina Cole amongst killer line-up at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.The fastest growing crime festival in the UK and biggest in the east of England returns for fourth year in September.  A star cast of crime writers has been confirmed for the fourth Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, which returns to Norwich in spectacular style from 14-17 September 2017. The festival will bring together crime-writing giants Val McDermid, Martina Cole, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Billingham, Arne Dahl and Stuart McBride as part of a city-wide celebration of events and fringe activities in the UK’s first UNESCO City of Literature. A partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia (UEA), Noirwich offers a diverse range of author events drawing on the region’s expertise as a centre for literary excellence and crime writing. Writer workshops will be held with Mel McGrath, Laura Wilson and Stav Sherez at UEA, one of the festival’s key venue locations, which will also host a special guest lecture from Swedish author, literary critic and academic Arne Dahl. Sponsored by The Times/ Sunday Times Crime Club, this inaugural talk will explore how crime fiction can make sense of today’s turbulent geopolitical times. Visitors to UEA events will also get access to an exhibition of original manuscript material from key crime writers, curated by the British Archive for Contemporary Writing. Bringing the noir to Noirwich will be two focus panels- ‘Dark Shores’ and ‘Grime Noir’ – exploring the darker side of crime. The festival will also collaborate with Killer Women for a panel focussing on female characters and writers of crime fiction. Bringing an unexpected twist to events Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham will offer a light-hearted insight into the writer life for ‘Stand Up at the Bar’ – expect swearing, angry reader letters, nightmarish personal appearances and backstage shenanigans. For one night only, the festival will revive Resurrection of Dora Suarez, a musical interpretation of Derek Raymond’s novel by Terry Edwards and Cathi Unsworth. Plus, a special screening of Real Gods Require Blood, a shocking gothic crime drama chosen as Critics Choice at the Cannes Film Festival. Other panels will explore new and international crime writing.

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival draws on its setting as a site of significant cultural heritage to offer a unique city-wide experience, with events and fringe activities sitting alongside Norwich’s existing local attractions. Between panels, visitors can enjoy a pint at award-winning pub The Murderers, discover local food with a crime twist, follow the city’s crime and punishment walking tour, stay at Agatha Christie’s favourite hotel, browse one of Margaret Atwood’s favourite bookshops (The Book Hive), join the Noirwich pub quiz, or take a trip to the dungeons at the medieval Norwich castle.

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