Even though I have delivered workshops and provided on-line support to writers, I had never until the end of last month, appeared on a panel at a literary festival.  Now I have and not just any festival but one voted amongst the top five in the country for New Writers by comedian and writer Viv Groskop in a piece for the writers’ magazine Mslexia.

Me and Bren Littlewood at the Stratford Literary Festival April 2015

Me and Bren Littlewood at the Stratford Literary Festival April 2015

I was joined by authors Bren Littlewood (writing as J.J Franklin) and A.J Cross on the Researching for Crime Writing panel at the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival.

We had a wonderfully attentive audience, keen to hear how the professionals went about researching their books, whilst I provided some guidance as to where the attendees could go to find answers to some of their questions as well as answering a few posed on the day.  Amongst them were, how long will a body float in water: how does one keep pace with technological advances in police investigations?: how do you know when to stop researching?: how can I find out more about Europol operations?

At the end of the session, Bren read from her forthcoming book Echoes of Justice and promoted her best seller Urge to Kill.  Anne read from and promoted her current novel Art of Deception.

I seized the opportunity to publicise the best directory of its kind in the world, which you can obtain by clicking on the cover photo below –

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  1. Jan Newton says:

    Brilliant, lovely to hear your fantastic news! Jan


  2. Sounds like a great session, Kevin!


  3. Sounds like you were a big hit, Kevin. I can understand that having atended your workshops and had your advice in the past. Always recommend you.
    I’m doing a gig Tues 19 th May, Library of Birmingham ‘Crime and Thriller Writing’ 5.45-7.00 pm.
    Be great to see you there – we’ll have fun – maybe you’ll join me for a beer later
    Good luck.


    “Let’s Talk Murder” with Tom Bryson, Tuesday 19th May, Bookbox, library of Birmingham 17.45-19.00

    ‘Join local crime and thriller writer Tom Bryson for an evening of chat and readings. Tom is the author of the DCI Proctor novels which are set in Birmingham. Tom will talk about his approach to crime and thriller writing and will read some extracts from his novels. There will be a free prize draw and three lucky readers will win one of Tom’s books.’


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