Ann Cleeves recently received the CWA’s Diamond Dagger, honouring contributions to the genre and a career of sustained excellence. She is the only living crime writer to have two different adaptations on television at the same time. In 2016, she published Cold Earth, the penultimate Shetland novel featuring Jimmy Perez. More recently, The Seagull, pit DI Vera Stanhope against an old enemy, former DS John Brace, investigating a cold case that’s bristling with fresh danger. With Ann is Dr James Grieve, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Aberdeen, and a frequent consultant to crime writers, who appears as himself Ann’s Shetland novels.
Help us celebrate publication of the new book by stunning new voice Ashley Dyer (also known as A.D. Garrett and Margaret Murphy) as we toast the launch of Splinter In The Blood.
Deceit, betrayal and tension abound in this chilling police procedural set in Liverpool from dazzling new voice Ashley Dyer, who will be in conversation with forensics expert Dr Helen Pepper.
Meet Ashley Dyer (a new pseudonym for writer Margaret Murphy and her advisor, forensic & policing expert, Helen Pepper) as they explain, using pictures, practical demonstrations, chat and laughter, where they get their ideas from.
In light of their outstanding new book, Splinter in the Blood, the duo are visiting The Word to discuss this.
You will learn how forensic investigations happen, see how an expert ‘lifts’ fingerprints, and try your hand at identifying footwear evidence.
The ‘writing arm’ of Team Ashley Dyer, Margaret Murphy, will explain how forensic science, research, location (and conversations with murder detectives) inspire plot and stories, and brings characters to life.
Please note, booking is essential
‘CSIs in York: the truth about forensic investigation in crime fiction’
Crime writing duo Ashley Dyer will talk forensics and crime writing, with pictures, practical demonstrations, chat – and laughter.
Martin Edwards and Ann Cleeves are attending, and Martin has been nominated for an “Agatha” for the best non-fiction book, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. Ann Cleeves will be interviewing Guest of Honor Honoree Elaine Viets, while Brenda Blethyn will be presented with a Poirot award.
The Festival has not yet released details of dates, times, and venues of the individual author events, including Ann’s. Early Bird weekend passes (£45) are on sale till 31 January, after which the price rises to £50. Individual events will, we understand, be priced at £10 each.
This is advance information: more details (including which library) nearer the date.