The Crime Story programme

Saturday 11th June 2016

Timing Event Programme
9:00 Registration Tea and coffee served
9:30 The Crime Paula Hawkins, author of number one bestseller, The Girl on the Train, opens the festival by introducing her fictional crime scene, written exclusively for Crime Story 2016.

Who killed Daniel May? We’ll work together to find out.

10:00 The Police Investigation The police investigation is central to most crime fiction. In this panel, DCI Lisa Theaker, a senior investigating officer specialising in homicide, kidnap and extortion, DC Phil Holmes, forensic data examiner, and criminologist Professor Mike Rowe identify the key processes that take place in a homicide investigation, including those crucial first steps on arrival at the crime scene, and what the police look for and investigate.
11:00 Break Tea and coffee served
11:15 The Forensic Investigation Evidence is everywhere. Alan Sayers, crime scene manager at Northumbria Police is often one of the first on the scene, at the heart of homicide investigations. Forensic scientist, Dr Kelly Sheridan, has worked on high profile cases of national concern including the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. Dr Jennifer Bolton, a Home Office pathologist, examines the evidence held by the corpse.
12:15 Lunch
13:10 Break-Out sessions (choose one) —Understanding the Victim
Who are the victims in your story? Be prepared to change your ideas as Professor Peter Francis looks at the way victim narratives are understood in criminology, and how this contrasts with the way they are commonly represented in fiction.

—In the Forensics Lab
Join Dr Kelly Sheridan, forensic scientist and textiles expert, for an interactive session in which we investigate a range of fictional crime scenes, exploring the types of forensic evidence they might contain.

—Hidden Stories: the Prison Experience
A prison experience is commonly in the background of a crime story, in the character history of either suspect or victim. Jenny Mooney, governor, and Katherine Brooke, chaplain, of HMP Holme House, and Jo Thurston, head of offender health for the North East, explore the contemporary prison experience.

—The Journey to Publication
Mari Hannah, award-winning crime writer and creator of the Kate Daniels series and her literary agent, Oli Munson of AM Heath, discuss Mari’s route to publication and her writing career. They will also answer any questions on the publishing journey.

—True Crime: Creative Writing Workshop
Andrew Hankinson’s book You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] covers the last days of the fugitive gunman Raoul Moat. The book is written in Moat’s own words, pieced together from letters and recordings. In this session, Andrew uses press cuttings about true crimes in America to help participants write short creative non-fiction crime stories.

14:15 Inside the Court In a panel event which demystifies the hierarchies, procedure and language of the courtroom, duty solicitor Trish Mytton, barrister Gavin Doig and Judge Penny Moreland offer an insight into the whole legal process, from the case being assigned to a solicitor, to what happens in court on the day of a trial.
15:15 Break-Out sessions (choose one) —Just Like a TV Show
Professor Mike Rowe, criminologist, explores the way real-life crimes are viewed as entertainment in literature and the media. Mike has written on public perceptions of and attitudes towards crime, and was widely interviewed in the media during the Raoul Moat case.

—Historical Crime Fiction: Creative Writing Workshop
Charlotte Bilby, reader in criminology at Northumbria University, uncovers crime stories from the past using material from Tyne & Wear Archives. Michael Green, author and professor in English and creative writing at Northumbria University, leads writing exercises inspired by these historic crimes.

—Forensic Psychiatry and Dangerous Offenders
Forensic mental health nurse, Barrie Green discusses the characteristics of the ‘mentally disordered offender’, drawing on years of experience in both prisons and the NHS. Barrie lead the clinical team in a HMPS Close Supervision Centre, working with some of the most difficult and dangerous offenders in the UK.

—Editing Your Work: Creative Writing Workshop
Catherine Richards, Ann Cleeves’ editor at Pan Macmillan, guides you through the editing process. Bring a 500-word extract of your crime fiction to this creative writing session.

—Digital Forensics: Exploring digital footprints
The digital age has opened up a whole new world of forensic evidence. DCs Gary Tough and Phil Holmes discuss how digital footprints assist a criminal investigation. Bring your phones and find out what they say about you!

16:15 Break Tea and coffee served
16:30 Paula Hawkins: Exclusive event Paula Hawkins reads the second part of her crime story, revealing who killed Daniel May and why.

In our closing event, Paula discusses her work, her career as a writer and her phenomenal rise to success in 2015. Afterwards, Paula will be signing copies of The Girl on the Train.

The day is chaired by Peter Guttridge

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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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