Berwick Literary Festival

It would be a crime to miss Berwick Literary Festival

If you’re a fan of crime fiction, or even write a bit of it yourself, then Berwick Literary Festival is the place to be this October.

The festival programme has five fantastic sessions where you can learn more about the art of crime writing:

  • Shelley Day

Gerry Foley will be interviewing Shelley about her critically acclaimed debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon. I recently reviewed this book and loved it – it’s thrilling, full of twists and will keep you gripped until the last page.

Shelley’s journey to authorship came after working as a lawyer and psychologist so I’m sure she’ll have some useful advice on how to carve out a career as a writer.

  • Andrew Hankinson

Andrew’s book You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life (You are Raoul Moat) is a non-fiction novel depicting the story of Moat and his violent rampage across North East England in 2010. Hankinson uses evidence left behind by Moat to get inside the mind of a man who caused week-long manhunt.

Bea Davenport will interview Andrew and explore how he approached this complex subject matter.

  • Amanda Jennings

In Her Wake, Jennings’ best-selling psychological thriller, explores identity, truth and reality. In her interview with Michael J Malone, she will discuss how these themes play out in relation to her characters and the evocative Cornish setting of her novel. She’ll also talk about her life as a writer and route to publication.

  • Matt Johnson

Johnson has used his experiences as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer to write his debut novel, the thriller Wicked Game.

In this session, he will talk candidly about how his counsellor’s advice to explore his post-traumatic stress through writing led him to becoming a professional writer.

  • Louise Ross

You may know Louise as LJ Ross, the best-selling author of the DCI Ryan series of thrillers set in the North East. In her talk, she’ll discuss the importance of creating a sense of place in the minds of her readers and how to translate inspirational scenery into readable fiction.

These five writers each have a unique take on crime fiction, and have approached darkness in different ways to create engaging stories.

There’ll be inspiration on tap if you’re looking to develop your own crime writing – including some fascinating insight into how these authors crafted a career in crime.

If you’re a crime fiction reader, there are loads of new titles and back catalogues to explore here. Just make sure you have a blanket to hide under when you’re reading on those dark October nights.

Buy your tickets for the festival here.

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