Crime Day is coming to the East Riding Festival of Words in Beverley

Fri 8th October 2021
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The East Riding Festival of Words is hosting a Crime Day on Saturday, 16 October at Beverley Memorial Hall.

The popular event is back for 2021 and will feature five sessions.

The day will start at 10am with Amanda Mason talking about ‘The Hiding Place’, her atmospheric and unsettling novel set in a haunted house in Whitby, a story of mothers and daughters, secrets and deception.

The second session, from 11.30am, will look at ‘Coastal Crime’, with Danuta Kot and Kate Evans. The North Sea and the Yorkshire Coast make a perfect backdrop for thrilling mysteries, as dark brooding skies and swirling mists create an ominous atmosphere. The two authors will discuss how this landscape shapes the settings for their gripping and suspenseful novels.

‘Murder Most Cosy’ will take over from 1.30pm, with Helen Cox, Julia Chapman, and Frances Brody. Cosy crime is a much gentler genre of crime writing, growing in popularity. Cosy mysteries are fast moving, with likeable and unforgettable characters, and the three writers on the panel will talk about the characters and locations which make people want to return time and time again to their books.

At 3pm, it will be ‘Murder Ancient and Modern’, with husband and wife Edward Marston and Judith Cutler. They will compare techniques for writing about crime in the past and in the present. Edward has written over 40 plays for radio, tv and the theatre, and hundreds of episodes of drama series. Judith has written over 30 novels.

Finally, at 4.30pm, it will be Alan Johnson, talking about ‘The Late Train to Gypsy Hill’, a fast paced and warm hearted debut thriller from the former MP and Home Secretary. The novel is a masterful thriller and the start of a new direction for this highly respected writer and former politician.

The whole day will be facilitated by Nick Quantrill, local crimewriting author, who has written a trilogy of private investigator novels featuring Joe Geraghty.

Tickets for the whole Crime Day cost £25, or £7 each for each individual session, and are available now from Beverley Library or from

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