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The festival for crime fiction writers and readers offers a unique insight into real-life criminal investigation.

With 20 experts in policing, forensic science, law, criminology, mental health, prisons, and more, we’ll guide you through the criminal investigation process, so that it can inform and inspire your crime writing and reading.

Experts include a Home Office pathologist; a DCI specialising in homicide, kidnap and extortion; and a forensic mental health nurse who has worked with some of the most dangerous offenders in the UK. Other experts specialise in the examination of textile fibre evidence and the use of mobile phone data for assisting police enquiries.

While providing money-can’t-buy access to a range of professionals, we’re also rooted in crime fiction and throughout the day we’ll work together to solve a crime written for the festival by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. See the full programme.

  • Creative writing workshops
  • Award-winning writers and crime fiction publishers
  • Free one-to-one sessions with industry experts
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Book your place at Crime Story, Saturday 11 June 2016

A limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets are available until 10 May 2016, so book soon! Please note, we are unable to offer refunds unless an event is sold out.
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Paula Hawkins introduces the first part of her fictional crime:


Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins released her debut thriller The Girl on the Train released to tremendous acclaim. It has been published all over the world and is being turned into a film by DreamWorks Pictures, due to be released October 2016 in the United States.
Andrew Hankinson
Andrew Hankinson
Andrew Hankinson is a journalist who was born and lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He started his career as a staff writer at Arena magazine. His first book, You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat], was published in February 2016.
Mari Hannah
Mari Hannah
Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she has contributed to CID training for Northumbria Police and lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective.