FRIDAY 19th MARCH
FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT
IN CONVERSATION WITH NICK QUANTRILL
(7pm to 8pm)
Event sponsored by 360 Accountants
Best known for his Yorkshire-set novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has established a reputation as one of the foremost crime writers of his generation. Set in the fictional north Yorkshire town of Eastvale, DCI Banks has made the transition to TV screens with Stephen Tomkinson in the title role. To celebrate the launch of his 27th Banks novel, NOT DARK YET, in which a gruesome murder uncovers links with the Albanian mafia, Nick Quantrill talks to Peter about the new novel, his approach to Banks, and how he manages to maintain the series’ uncompromising perspective on wider societal issues.
SATURDAY 20th MARCH
IN COLD BLOOD
(10am to 11am)
Alex North, Nell Pattison, and Russ Thomas give the lowdown about their novels - Liz Mistry finds out what it’s like to launch your book in the midst of a global pandemic.
GET CARTER AND BEYOND
(11.30am to 12.30pm)
Nick Triplow, Nick Quantrill, and Alan Parks explore Ted Lewis’s influence on crime writing and the evocation of the non-metropolitan north. Ali Harper keeps everything in check.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
(1.30pm to 2.30pm)
Helen FitzGerald, Abir Mukherjee, and Marnie Riches uncover the crime culture influences of fire-ravaged Australia, Raj-era India, and the contemporary streets of Manchester, moderated by Jacky Collins.
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS
(3pm to 4pm)
Louise Beech, AA Dhand, and Harriet Tyce talk about their criminal creations and what makes them different, ably aided and abetted by Derek Farrell.
LOOK BACK IN ANGER
(4.30pm to 5.30pm)
Ian McGuire, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, and Cathi Unsworth, talk about their historical crime fiction with Rhiannon Ward.
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES
(6pm to 7pm)
Luca Veste talks with Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre about contemporary crime fiction and much more.