Thursday, 22 August 2013

London's History through Crime Fiction

Sunday October 13th at 3.00pm. St Mark's Church Hall
What sort of celebration would this festival be if we did not take an evening to reflect on the history of our fair capital? So a reflection we will have and in fine style no less with our Historical London Panel. Looking over the highs and lows through the genre of historical crime fiction, which has exploded since brother Cadfael solved his first murder in 1137, any budding historian or even those with a taste for a good story of their local surroundings past would be fool to miss out on quite such a plethora of knowledge and insight that our panelists have gained with tireless research that led them to their incredible books.
The panel consist of;

Chris FowlerChris is the multi award-winning author of thirty novels and ten short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. Subsequent novels include 'Spanky', 'Disturbia', 'Psychoville' and 'Calabash'. His books have been optioned by Guillermo Del Toro ('Spanky') and Jude Law ('Psychoville'). He spent 25 years working in film.
He's written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the FT and the Independent on Sunday, Black Static magazine and many others. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed 'Menz Insana'. His short story 'The Master Builder' became a feature film entitled 'Through The Eyes Of A Killer', starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. In the past year he has been nominated for 8 national book awards. He is the winner of the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

DE Merediththe author of the historical crime series, The Hatton and Roumande Mysteries featuring the first forensic scientist, Professor Adolphus Hatton, and his trusty French morgue assistant, Albert Roumande. 
After reading English at Cambridge University she became a campaigner for the WWF, and spent ten years working for the environment movement. She has flown over the Arctic in a bi-plane, skinny dipped in Siberia, hung out with Inuit and Evenki tribes people and dodged the Russian mafia in downtown Vladivostock. Meredith later became a spokesperson for the British Red Cross, spending six years travelling through war zones and witnessing humanitarian crises. The experience strongly influenced her crime writing, with its themes of injustice and inequality.

Lloyd Shepherd, Lloyd's first book, The English Monster, came out in 2012, followed earlier this year by, The Poisoned Island. Both these novels are set in London in the early 19th century and they feature a proto-detective named Charles Horton and his magistrate John Harriott, and they both combine historical fiction with murder-mystery and a good healthy dash of the supernatural. The books have been described as 'Regency X-Files'.

The panel is chaired by, 
RN Morris, Roger is the author of a series of historical crime novels set in St Petersburg and featuring Porfiry Petrovich, the detective from Dostoevsky's great novel Crime and Punishment: A Gentle Axe (2007), A Vengeful Longing (2008), A Razor Wrapped in Silk (2010) and The Cleansing Flames. 

The authors books will be available to purchase at the event and throughout the Festival and the authors will be very happy to sign copies.

Tickets are £3 and available HERE

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