Speakers at this year's crime festival include Paula Hawkins, Val McDermid, Nicci French and Elizabeth Haynes
The line-up for this year's Noirwich crime writing festival as been revealed, as the festival returns to celebrate its fifth year from 13-16 September.
Speakers include Val McDermid, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and Elizabeth Hayes, alongside panels celebrating killer debuts and cutting edge writing from across the genre.
Organised by the National Centre for Writing and the University of East Anglia (UEA), the events form part of a city-wide celebration of activities in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of literature.
The long weekend is also set to include writing workshops, crime themed cocktails and a murder mystery musical from new Poirot novelist Sophie Hannah.
Nicci French will celebrate their 21-year crime writing career discussing Day of the Dead, the finale to their Freida Klein series. Val McDermid will deliver a talk on violence and gender within the genre for this year's Noirwich Lecture sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times Crime Club; literary novelist John Banville will discuss his double life as crime fiction writer Benjamin Black; and Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware will be in conversation about their chart topping thrillers.
Other events include a session with experts from UEA who will explain the facts behind fingerprints, forensics and postmortem evidence; a panel on witchcraft and superstition with authors Syd Moore, Cathi Unsworth and Roz Watkins; an in-conversation with novelist and screenwriter Robert Thorogood about his BBC One hit Death in Paradise; and a panel on books to screen with Sarah Pinborough, Jane Lythell and Matt Wesolowski.
Chris Gribble, festival co-director and chief executive of the National Centre for Writing, said: "Crime fiction is phenomenally popular and has become the UK's top selling fictional genre this year - beating all others put together. Noirwich is a wonderful celebration that brings people from far and wide to our UNESCO City of Literature for a four-day spectacular of the most exciting and diverse crime writing that the world has to offer."
Henry Sutton, festival co-director and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the UEA, added: "Noirwich is at the cutting edge of the most exciting, dynamic and popular literary and filmic genre in the world. But it's so much more as well; it’s a place for great, timely and entertaining discussions in the friendliest of environments. Meet the people who shape imaginations and who can make you laugh. Crime writers know how to have fun."
Pictured: Paula Hawkins