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14 - 17 September 2017

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - season ticket

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Workshop
Saturday 9 September

Dream and Vision: Poetry workshop with Sean O’Brien

The experience of falling asleep, dreaming, dream-visions, and waking, lend themselves perfectly to the poetic form; where daytime and night-time, dream and reality, often meet. 

In this workshop, Sean will show you how to make the crossing in either direction between waking and dreaming, armed only with a pen and paper. All he asks if for you to bring your curiosity and an open mind!  

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Sean O'Brien

Saturday 9 September

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Online Course
Course starts 25 September

Level 1 Poetry

Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you're new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Helen Ivory on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. 

Application deadline 11 September

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Helen Ivory

Course starts 25 September

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course starts 25 September

Level 2 Poetry

This course builds on the skills learned at introductory level and will broaden your understanding of the scope of contemporary poetry.

Application deadline 11 September

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Helen Ivory

Course starts 25 September

24 weeks

£900

Online Course
Course starts 25 September

Level 2 Fiction

Ideal for writers who have already studied creative writing. Advance to longer and more complex manuscripts, experiment with new techniques and find a sense of adventure in your writing.

Application deadline 11 September

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Anjali Joseph or Monique Roffey

Course starts 25 September

24 weeks

£900

Online Course
Course starts 25 September

Level 1 Fiction

This 12-week course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft. Explore how to create interesting characters and plots and benefit from expert, honest and constructive feedback.

Application deadline 11 September

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Mark McNay or Eliza Robertson

Course starts 25 September

12 weeks

£450

Event
14 - 17 September 2017

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - season ticket

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival returns! Featuring world-class headlining authors: Martina Cole, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Billingham,  Arne Dahl and Stuart MacBride.

Buy your season ticket now and gain access to all Noirwich 2017 events (excluding workshops). Full programme, including workshops and family-friendly fringe events, to be announced soon.

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14 - 17 September 2017
Norwich

4 days

£86 / students £66

Event
Thursday 14 September

Val McDermid in conversation with Stav Sherez

Val McDermid returns to Norwich for the launch event of this year’s festival. Author of over 30 novels and the creator of genre-defining characters Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Val will be discussing her work and her most recent novel, Insidious Intent, with Stav Sherez.

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Thursday 14 September
The Pantry, Jarrold

6.30 - 8pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Character and Motivation with Laura WIlson and Mel McGrath

Using exercises and photographic prompts, we will explore ways of creating credible protagonists and antagonists, as well as how to avoid stereotypes and how to ensure that your characters have sufficient and plausible motivation for their actions.

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

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Laura Wilson & Melanie McGrath

Friday 15 September

2 hours

£45 / £80 joint

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez

Looking at the structure of the police procedural, we’ll examine what it is that makes it such a popular and perennial sub-genre as well as going into the pros and cons of choosing to write one. 

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. 

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Stav Sherez

Friday 15 September

2 hours

£45 / £80 joint

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Crime Writing Workshops - Combination Ticket

Save £10 and book 'Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez' and 'Character and Motivation with Laura Wilson and Melanie McGrath' for £80!

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. 

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Laura Wilson, Melanie McGrath & Stav Sherez

Friday 15 September

4 hours

£80

Event
Friday 15 September

The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club presents Age of Extremes: A Bloody Talk by Arne Dahl

When we’re surrounded by turbulent geopolitical discourse, how can crime and thriller fiction help us understand the world? In the first Noirwich Lecture, thriller writer, literary critic and academic Arne Dahl explores the connections between noir and the new world order.

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

6 - 7pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Friday 15 September

Martina Cole in conversation with Henry Sutton

The queen of gangland discusses her most recent novel, Damaged, and a remarkable career encompassing over twenty novels, fourteen million sales and successful screen and stage adaptations. 

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

8 - 9pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Saturday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Saturday 16 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath, Erin Kelly, Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb, Joseph Knox, Anthony Horowitz, Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey, Nick Quantrill, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham and Cathi Unsworth.

Sold out!

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 8.30pm

£43 / £38 conc / £32 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Nasty Women - with Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath and Erin Kelly

Discussing female characters and writers of crime fiction, this panel of top writers from the Killer Women initiative features Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath and Erin Kelly. Hosted by crime fiction expert Laura Joyce.

In partnership with Killer Women.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Fresh Blood - with Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox

Discover your next favourite writer with our selection of exciting and challenging debut novelists. Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox are shaping the next generation of crime fiction and this session will investigate what drew them to the crime genre and how they turned their ideas into published reality. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12:15 - 1:15pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder

Extra tickets released!

Blending fact and fiction, Anthony Horowitz’s latest book, The Word is Murder, puts himself at the centre of the investigation as he partners with disgraced detective Daniel Hawthorne to solve a bizarre murder. Anthony has written over forty novels, is the creator of the phenomenally successful Alex Rider series and has worked on TV shows including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

2 - 3pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Dark Shores: North Sea Noir with Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey and Nick Quantrill

What is it about the swirling maelstrom of the North Sea that draws writers towards the desolate, unresolved world of noir and crime? This international panel of writers will be discussing the motivations and inspirations behind writing such uncompromising work. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

3.45 - 4.45pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Stand Up at the Bar: Christopher Brookmyre & Mark Billingham

After a day of serious literature, Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre lift the lid on the real world of being a writer.

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Saturday 16 September
Bar, Norwich Arts Centre

5.30 - 6.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

The Resurrection of Dora Suarez

Resuscitated for one night only. I Was Dora Suarez is the uncompromisingly dark and eerie aural evocation of Derek Raymond’s most talk about novel; introduced by one of Britain’s foremost crime writers, Cathi Unsworth, and performed live with narration by Richard Strange and musical backing from musicians who have played with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

7.30 - 8.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Sunday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Sunday 17 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap, Leye Adenle, David M. Mark, Andrew Martin, Karen Maitland and Stuart MacBride.

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 2.30pm

£22 / £19 conc / £16 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

First Monday Crime presents: The Criminal World with Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle

Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle take a look at crime writing with an international twist, presented by William Ryan of the First Monday Crime team. A unique opportunity to experience a First Monday Crime event outside of London!

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Grime Noir - with David M. Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland

Step back in time to a filthier period of history, past the smog-filled streets of Victorian London to the long years of the Black Death, with David M. Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland. 

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12 - 1pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Stuart MacBride in conversation with Elodie Harper

The award winning, bestselling creator of the DS Logan McRae series comes to the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival for the first time, in conversation with Elodie Harper.

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

1.30 - 2.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
25 September

Digital democracy or fake news?

Digital media have transformed how information is disseminated to the public and how politicians target potential voters, leading to fears of ‘fake news’ manipulating public opinion. Are these fears warranted? 

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25 September
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Workshop
From 26 September

Beginners’ Poetry with Helen Ivory

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. 

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Helen Ivory

From 26 September

Ten weeks (Tuesdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
From 27 September

Beginners’ Fiction with Ian Nettleton

Take those exciting first steps into fiction writing with this friendly, supportive ten week course led by expert tutor and published writer, Ian Nettleton. 

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Ian Nettleton

From 27 September

Ten weeks (Wednesdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
Saturday 30 September

Children’s Literature Day School

Back by popular demand! The WCN Children’s Literature Day School explores different aspects and forms of writing for children and young people. It covers writing, illustration, preparing work for publication and children’s literature in the publishing industry.

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Various

Saturday 30 September

10am - 4pm

£60 / £55 conc

Event
Thursday 5 October

UEA Live: Three Boiler House Poets - Emily Critchley, Tim Atkins & Colin Herd

Celebrate the launch of Boiler House Poets – a new poetry list from UEA’s Boiler House Press – with three new collections by three superb poets of the contemporary movement: Emily Critchley (Ten Thousand Things), Tim Atkins (On Fathers < On Daughters) and Colin Herd (Click & Collect). An evening not to be missed. 

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Thursday 5 October
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Workshop
Saturday 14 October

Writing Dramatic Non-Fiction with Paul Willetts

Got a great idea for a work of non-fiction, but unsure how best to make a start? Successful non-fiction writer and journalist Paul Willetts will offer his own experiences of producing narrative-driven historical non-fiction in this day workshop for aspiring and emerging non-fiction writers.

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Paul Willetts

Saturday 14 October

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Monday 23 October

Will automation steal your job?

Automation has impacted production lines for years, but now it’s transforming white collar work too. UEA’s Rudy Lapeer will talk about the past, present and future of robotics, while Fiona Lettice will discuss technology’s disruptive effects on business. Her collaborator, James Duez (Rainbird), will join the panel, discussing the use of artificial intelligence to augment human abilities in the fields of data analysis, efficiency and automation.

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Monday 23 October
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Thursday 26 October

UEA Live: Eley Williams

Eley Williams’ prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx Press, 2017), was selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction books at the Cambridge Literary Festival.

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Thursday 26 October
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Workshop
Saturday 4 November

Agent Day with Jenny Hewson

Are you looking for an agent, but don’t know where to start? Would you benefit from a one-to-one conversation with an established agent in the industry?

Gain invaluable knowledge on the contemporary publishing landscape from Jenny Hewson, an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White where she represents award-winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Thomas Keneally, and Melissa Harrison. 

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Jenny Hewson

Saturday 4 November

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Thursday 23 November

UEA Live: Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and MeatspaceThe Good Immigrant (Unbound Books, 2016) brings together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today. It was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and won the Reader's Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards.     

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Thursday 23 November
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Event
Monday 27 November

What does it mean to be English?

With Brexit looming, and the rise of nationalism, the notion of Englishness is under the spotlight. Is there a difference between patriotism and nationalism? Can we be English and European?

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Monday 27 November
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Workshop
Saturday 2 December

How Far Do You Go? Creating the world of your novel

When it comes to writing historical fiction, when does the research end and imagination begin? How do you find the perfect balance between the two?

Discover new ways to bring your research to life, create a believable sense of time and place, and give yourself the freedom to imagine with this day workshop for aspiring or emerging fiction writers. 

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Kate Worsley

Saturday 2 December

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Thursday 14 December

UEA Live: Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her latest novel, The Essex Serpent (Serpent’s Tail, 2016), was a number one bestseller, won Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and both Fiction book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. She lives in Norwich.

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Thursday 14 December
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Event
Monday 22 January

Should we edit genes?

The enzyme CRISPR-Cas9, which gives scientists the ability to cut and splice genes in plants, animals and humans, is a transformative technology. Wendy Harwood from the John Innes Centre will discuss the use of new gene editing technology in agriculture looking at how this could contribute to improved agricultural crops for the future, while Norwich Medical School’s Tom Shakespeare will discuss the possible impact of gene editing on human disease, and the ethical questions this raises.

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Monday 22 January
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Monday 26 February

A new age of anxiety?

With an epidemic amongst young people in depression and anxiety, and policy-makers now looking at ways of addressing public wellbeing, we ask if we are living in a new age of anxiety.

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Monday 26 February
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Monday 23 April

Who's afraid of populism?

The election of Donald Trump, the threat of populists in France and the Netherlands – not to mention in Poland, Hungary and Turkey – has caused some to fear for the health of liberal democracy itself. Why are so many disengaged from or dismayed by their legislators and governments? Is populism a challenge or an opportunity?

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Monday 23 April
The Forum, Norwich

7.30pm

Free entry - booking essential