Spend a weekend getting under the skin of a fictional crime with top crime writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts.

In May 2014, New Writing North and Northumbria University invited crime writers (aspiring or established) and readers to Crime Story – a weekend of discussion and workshops focusing on a fictional crime and how it weaves its way through the criminal justice system from investigation to sentencing. 

We commissioned Ann Cleeves, prize-winning author of the Vera Stanhope series (now a major ITV series)and Shetland Island Quartet series, to come up with this crime scene scenario for us.  To read the crime click here.

We’re now working on bringing Crime Story to you again for 2016, and in the meantime, you can view the full programme for Crime Story 2014 here to get a flavour of the event.

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Major Crime Investigation – A Practitioner’s View

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Police work in fact and fiction

August 18th, 2014|0 Comments

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Our panel of experts

Ann Cleeves
Ann CleevesAuthor
Ann Cleeves (born 1954) is a British crime-writer. In 2006 she won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for her novel Raven Black. The Vera Stanhope novels have been dramatized as the TV detective series Vera. Read more
Professor Mike Rowe
Professor Mike RoweProfessor of Criminology at Northumbria University
Mike joined Northumbria University in 2009 as Reader in Criminology. His teaching and research interests have focused on issues relating to policing in broad terms but particular attention to policing, race and racism, police culture, and the policing of domestic violence. Read more
Erwin James
Erwin JamesAuthor, public speaker
Erwin James, is a convicted murderer and Guardian journalist. James was released in August 2004 having served 20 years of a life sentence. While in prison he wrote a regular column, and continues to write as well as do charity work since his release. Read more