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(ALL TIMES, PANELS AND PANELLISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

- Thursday, 15 May
- Friday, 16 May
- Saturday, 17 May
- Sunday, 18 May

Thursday, 15 May:

TIME Merchant 1 Lancaster Room
13.30 – 14.20 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood
  • A.K. Benedict
  • Ray Celestin
  • V.M. Giambanco
  • Sarah Hilary
  • David Thorne
Moderator: Jake Kerridge
 
14.40 – 15.30 Down The Research Rabbit Hole: When Fact Meets Fiction
  • Hilary Bonner
  • Patrick Easter
  • Jørn Lier Horst
  • Maureen Jennings
Participating Moderator: Michael Stanley (Stanley Trollip)
Sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy
Locked Rooms & Closed Locations: Writing Yourself Into A Corner?
  • Nev Fountain
  • Antonia Hodgson
  • Thomas Mogford
  • L.C. Tyler
Participating Moderator: Charles (Caroline) Todd
15.50 – 16.40 Dennis Wheatley & Other Forgotten Authors
  • Stephen Booth (Mavis Doriel Hay & John Buxton Hilton)
  • Jessica Mann (Katherine Farrer & Dilwyn Rees)
  • Christine Poulson (Harry Kemelman & Emma Lathen)
  • Martin Walker (Bruce Graeme & Geoffrey Household)
Participating moderator: Martin Edwards (Dennis Wheatley & R.C. Woodthorpe)
Sponsored by Bloomsbury Reader
Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock: Ramping Up The Tension
  • Matthew Frank
  • Alison Joseph
  • Colette McBeth
  • Sophie McKenzie
Participating Moderator: Andrew Taylor
17.00 – 17.50 Iceland Noir
  • Quentin Bates
  • Petur Mar Olafsson
  • Michael Ridpath
  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Moderator: Barry Forshaw
 
19.30 – 21.00 CRIMEFEST Pub Quiz, with crime writer and critic Peter Guttridge as your quiz inquisitor. Prizes to be won!  

Friday, 16 May:

TIME Merchant 1 Lancaster Room Merchant 3
9.00 – 9.50 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood
  • M.J. Arlidge
  • Mason Cross
  • Kate Griffin
  • Colette McBeth
  • Jake Woodhouse
Moderator: Jake Kerridge 
It’s Not Real Life, You Know: Are Our Characters Us?
  • Alison Bruce
  • Paul Cornell
  • Leigh Russell
  • Lee Weeks
Participating moderator: L.C. Tyler 
 
10.10 – 11.00 Historical Crime Fiction: It’s Not All Downton Abbey - The British Perspective
  • Dolores Gordon-Smith
  • Andrew Martin
  • Imogen Robertson
  • Linda Stratman
Participating Moderator: Patrick Easter  
Murder Knows No Boundaries
  • Steven Dunne
  • Mari Hannah
  • Thomas Mogford
  • Jeffrey Siger
Participating Moderator: Anne Zouroudi 
10.10 - 10.30
Alex Walters
You're Unbelievable! Research vs reality

10.40 - 11.00
Leigh Russell
Long Running Series

11.20 – 12.10 Death in High Heels: Women As Victims
  • M.R. Hall
  • Jessie Keane
  • Jessica Mann
  • Martyn Waites
Participating Moderator: Ruth Dudley Edwards 
Biographers: Cosying Up To Homicidal Novelists
  • Nigel Cawthorne (John Creasey)
  • John Curran (Agatha Christie)
  • Julia Jones (Margery Allingham)
  • Tom Williams (Raymond Chandler)
Moderator: Jake Kerridge 
11.20 - 11.40
Miranda Vaughn Jones & Matthew Coniam
Reviving Wheatley in a different social era

11.50 - 12.10
V.M. Giambanco
From film editing to writing crime fiction

12.30 – 13.20 The Modern Thriller
  • Belinda Bauer
  • Chris Ewan
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Simon Kernick
Participating Moderator: Doug Johnstone  
The Contemporary Cosy: Is There Still Life In The Golden Age?
  • Christopher Fowler
  • Helen Smith
  • Martin Walker
  • Jill Paton Walsh
Participating Moderator: Christine Poulson 
12.30 - 12.50
Linda Stratmann
A Victorian Midsomer - creating a community

13.00 - 13.20
Lee Weeks
Plan your bestseller

13.40 – 14.30 Narrative, Resolution & Crime Fiction
  • John Harvey
  • Paul Johnston
  • Valerie Laws
  • Stav Sherez
Participating moderator: Alison Joseph 
Things That Go Bump In The Night: Magic, Paranormal & All Things Supernatural
  • Ben Aaronovitch
  • A.K. Benedict
  • James Oswald
  • Anne Zouroudi
Participating Moderator: Kevin Wignall 
13.40 - 14.00
Sally Spedding Settings To Die For: even the loveliest places can be deadly

14.10 - 14.30
Peter Murphy
The pros and cons of creating sympathetic villains

14.50 – 15.40 Gender Bending: Writing As The Opposite Sex
  • Tania Carver
  • Adam Chase
  • Chris Simms
  • Tom Vowler
Participating moderator: Laura Wilson 
To Be Continued, or Literary Ventriloquism?
  • Sophie Hannah (Poirot)
  • Mike Ripley (Campion)
  • Robert Ryan (Watson)
  • Jill Paton Walsh (Wimsey)
Participating Moderator: Jake Kerridge 
14.50 - 15.10
Ruth Downie
How not to murder your mother in Ancient Rome

15.20 - 15.40
Rachel Howzell Hall
Not One of the Boys: writing the female detective

16.00 – 16.50 An Irishwoman, A Welshman, An Englishwoman, A Scotsman, & An English Moderator Walk Into A Book
  • Ruth Dudley Edwards
  • Jasper Fforde
  • Sheila Quigley
  • Craig Robertson
Participating Moderator: Simon Brett 
Evening All: 21st Century Police Procedurals
  • Stephen Booth
  • Clare Donoghue
  • John Harvey
  • Fergus McNeill
Participating Moderator: Quentin Bates  
16.00 - 16.20 Dominique Manotti & Ros Schwartz Dominique Manotti in conversation with her translator

16.30 - 16.50
Richard Creasey & Alison Joseph
John Creasey: over 600 books following 743 rejection slips

17.10 – 18.00 What’s So Good About Crime?
  • Felix Francis
  • Elizabeth Haynes
  • Chris Longmuir
  • Lesley Thomson
Participating Moderator: Pauline Rowson  
Political Thrillers: Oxymoron or Perfect Bedfellows?
  • M.J. McGrath
  • Paul Mendelson
  • Peter Murphy
  • Graham Masterton
 Participating Moderator: Alex Walters
 
18:30 – 19:30 KINGS ROOM
SIMON BRETT - 2014 CWA Diamond Dagger Recipient
followed by
CWA Dagger Shortlist Announcement Reception – All Full Pass holders welcome

Saturday, 17 May:

TIME Merchant 1 Lancaster Room Kings Foyer
09.00 – 09.50 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood
  • Clare Donoghue
  • Matthew Frank
  • Rob Gittins
  • Claire Kendal
  • Paul Mendelson
Moderator: Laura Wilson 
Missing: Why We Like To Read About Characters Who Disappear
  • Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Susan Moody
  • Rebecca Muddiman
  • Tim Weaver
Participating Moderator: Hilary Bonner 
Name Your Price: The Hired Gun                 
  • Mason Cross
  • Hanna Jameson
  • John Gordon Sinclair
  • Mark Allen Smith
Participating Moderator: Meg Gardiner
10.10 – 11.00 Historical Crime Fiction: Death in Foreign Climes
  • Ray Celestin
  • Jane Finnis
  • Edward Wilson
  • TBC
Participating Moderator: William Ryan 
Entertainment or Issues: Does a Crime Novel Have To Have Something To Say?
  • Simon Kernick
  • Michael Malone
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Robert Wilson
Particpating Moderator: Sophie Hannah 
Audible’s Sounds of Crime: Audiobooks
  • Adam Bromley (Producer)
  • Kris Dyer (Reader)
  • David Hewson (Author)
  • Peter James (Author)
Moderator: Stacy Patton
11.20 – 12.10 BEN AARONOVITCH & JASPER FFORDE: Giving Crime Another Dimension
Interviewed by Peter Guttridge 
The Unprofessionals: When Your Character Isn’t Qualified To Solve Crimes
  • Frances Brody
  • Neville Fountain
  • Kate Griffin
  • David Thorne
Participating Moderator: Janet Laurence 
Archaeologists & Academics: Digging Up The Dead With A Spade or A Pen
  • Martin Edwards
  • Elly Griffiths
  • Tom Harper
  • Luca Veste
Participating Moderator: Kate Ellis  
12.30 – 13.20 MAUREEN JENNINGS & THOMAS CRAIG: Meet the Author & Star Of The Murdoch Mysteries
Interviewer: Peter Guttridge
Sponsored by Alibi
Asshole Heroes/ Sympathetic Villains: Writing Believable Characters
  • Rob Gittins
  • D.E. Meredith
  • Louise Millar
  • Laura Wilson
Participating Moderator: John Gordon Sinclair
Jobs For The Boys? Women in A Man’s World
  • M.J. Arlidge
  • Meg Gardiner
  • M.R. Hall
  • Jonathan Holt
Participating Moderator: Sarah Hilary
13.40 – 14.30 NICCI FRENCH & LARS KEPLER: When Two Pens Are Better Than One
Interviewed by Maxim Jakubowski
Secrets & Spies: Following, Finding & Ferreting Out The Truth
  • Mick Herron
  • Suzette Hill
  • Michael Ridpath
  • Edward Wilson
Participating Moderator: Tom Harper
What Have Old Thrillers Ever Done For Us? The Golden Age Of British Thrillers
  • Barry Forshaw
  • Peter Guttridge
  • Mike Ripley
An illustrated overview
14.50 – 15.40 KINGS ROOM
FEATURED GUEST OF HONOUR: MARK BILLINGHAM
Interviewed by Martyn Waites
16.00 – 16.50 Euro Noir
  • Jørn Lier Horst
  • Paul Johnston
  • Dominique Manotti
  • Lars Kepler
Moderator: Barry Forshaw
Sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy 
All In The Mind: Psychologists, Psychotherapists & Psychiatrists
  • Emma Kavanagh
  • Claire McGowan
  • Kate Rhodes
  • Charlotte Williams
Participating Moderator: Nicci (Gerard) French
Celebrating Ten Years of Roy Grace: From Author, To Agent, To Editor & PR
  • Peter James
  • Carole Blake (Agent)
  • Tony Mulliken (PR)
  • Jeremy Trevathan Publishing Director)
Moderator: Peter Guttridge
18.30 – 19.30 Arcadia Books Reception – all Full Pass holders welcome.
19.30 Gala Awards Dinner – ticket holders only.

Sunday, 18 May:

TIME Merchant 1 Lancaster Room
9.30 – 10.20 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood
  • Neil Broadfoot
  • James Carol
  • Emma Kavanagh
  • Rebecca Muddiman
  • Charlotte Williams
Moderator: Laura Wilson
Emerging Indie Voices
  • Tim Cooke
  • Eva Hudson
  • Mel Sherratt
  • Carol Westron
Participating Moderator: Joanna Penn 
10.40 – 11.30 Police! Mapodisi! милиция! Politie! Politiet! Polizia!
  • Chris Carter (USA)
  • William Ryan (Russia)
  • Michael Stanley (Stanley Trollip) (Botswana)
  • Jake Woodhouse (Holland)
Participating Moderator: David Hewson (Denmark, Holland, Italy)
Keeping Us In Suspense: Thrills & Chills
  • Isabelle Grey
  • Penny Hancock
  • Claire Kendal
  • Robert Wilson
Participating Moderator: Stav Sherez 
11.50 – 12.40 FEATURED GUEST AUTHOR: YRSA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR
Interviewed by Kevin Wignall
Investigators: Private & Not So Private
  • Declan Burke
  • James Carol
  • Mick Herron
  • Kerry Wilkinson.
Participating Moderator: Ruth Downie
13.00 – 13.50 Criminal Mastermind
  • Mason Cross (Lee Child)
  • Kate Ellis (Josephine Tey)
  • Paul Johnston (Dashiell Hammett)
  • Susan Moody (Raymond Chandler)
Quiz Master: Maxim Jakubowski  
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