Sounds Like a Good Idea

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

There aren’t many opportunities for the aspiring writer of crime fiction to tap into the brains and experiences of others associated with the field but below you will find details of such an opportunity so have a look and see if it could meet your needs –

A weekend festival for crime writers and readers

Spend a weekend getting under the skin of a fictional crime with top crime writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts. New Writing North and Northumbria University invite crime writers (aspiring or established) and readers to Crime Story – a weekend of discussion and workshops focusing on a fictional crime and how it would be investigated in real life.

Ann Cleeves, prize-winning author of the Vera Stanhope series (now a major ITV series) and Shetland Island Quartet series, has created a crime especially for this weekend. (To read the crime click here.) Throughout the Crime Story weekend criminologists and forensic scientists will give insights into how labs work, experts in policing will talk you through scene of the crime procedure and journalists will discuss the moral responsibility of reporting on heinous crimes. There will also be prize-winning crime writers at the festival – Louise Welsh, Margaret Murphy (AD Garrett) and Ann Cleeves – who will talk about how to incorporate the forensic facts into fiction. Participants will be guided ably throughout the weekend by author and former crime fiction critic for The Observer Peter Guttridge.

This is an unmissable opportunity for any lover of crime fiction, whether you’re an aspiring writer or want to dig deeper into your favourite, fictional world. To find out more about Crime Story, and to book your place, go to

Don’t forget your copy of Writers, Researchers and the Police at an introductory price to the first 50 purchasers. For more information follow the image below

Writers, Researchers and the Police 2014 Cover

  1. Kia says:

    Hey there!

    I recently came across your blog and it is amazing, thanks so much for the time and effort you put into it.

    I’ve got a question if you don’t mind me asking:

    If a man based in Kent, for example, is criminally active in London, though not yet caught and keenly watched in his local area, which police force leads the investigation? Those in Kent or those in London? I mean, he lives in Kent and supposedly that is the base of most of his planning and stashing of evidence etc. but the actual criminal acts happen in London, what then?

    In the same way if someone from London dies in Kent with the origin of his killer possibly also from London, is it entirely in the hands of the Kent-based authorities to bring the killer to justice?

    Also, could you tell us more about missing person investigations?


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