Top crime writers lined up for Examiner Literary Lunch
Aug 18 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
IT would be criminal to miss it!
And the suspense is now over for book fans waiting to see what this year’s Examiner Literary Luncheon has in store for them.
The hugely-popular event has been running for more than 20 years and for the first time in its history there’s going to be one, particularly nail-biting, theme.
This year we’ve got four top crime writers lined up to speak at what promises to be a really special afternoon of entertainment.
Today we’re featuring details of each of our fantastic writers. Keep an eye out later in the summer for interviews with them and reviews of their latest gripping page-turners.
The event takes place at the Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday, October 5.
Tickets go on sale today priced £27 and include a delicious three-course lunch and a chance to meet the authors.
We’ve secured some superb writers, all from very different walks of life, to deliver talks bound to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Returning to her roots for the luncheon will be former Huddersfield resident Ann Cleeves, who has established a reputation as one of the country’s foremost crime writers.
We’ll also hear from Simon Brett, a prolific writer of whodunits and current president of the exclusive Detection Club.
Another speaker set to thrill is M R Hall, one of our most successful TV crime drama writers and now the author of a rapidly successful series of crime novels.
Completing the line up is bestselling author Sophie Hannah, also a prize-winning poet and children’s writer who regularly performs her work to live audiences.
Ann Cleeves, who lived in Shelley, is a familiar face to local readers and two years ago helped launch Huddersfield Literature Festival.
Her work history in itself an interesting read, Ann was a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing.
Ann’s books have been translated into 16 languages and in 2006 she was the first winner of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for her novel Raven Black, the richest crime-writing prize in the world.
Now based in North Tyneside, Ann is the reader in residence of Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and member of the Murder Squad, working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction.
Simon Brett joined the BBC as a trainee, working as a producer in radio and television before devoting most of his time to writing from the late 1970s.
He has written three series of detective novels, entertaining the reader through humour, eccentric characters and intricate plot twists.
The West Sussex writer has also written several mystery plays and some non-series novels, of which A Shock to the System was made into a film starring Michael Caine.
In 2001 Simon became the latest in an illustrious list of names – including Agatha Christie – to be named president of the Detection Club, the oldest and most exclusive crime writing organisation.
Matthew Hall studied law at Worcester College, Oxford, later taking up his place at the Bar as a criminal barrister.
It was during this time that the 42-year-old started to learn the craft of screen writing, eventually getting his first commission in television penning an episode of hit series Kavanagh QC.
He went on to create a series called Wing And A Prayer, which earned him a BAFTA nomination, and to date has written more than 40 hours of prime time drama for BBC1 and ITV.
Matthew’s debut novel, The Coroner, was published last year and has been nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.
Married mum-of-two Sophie Hannah’s four psychological thrillers have all flown off the shelves, published in 19 countries and selling 500,000 copies in the UK alone.
A prize-winning poet, she was shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Award in 2007 and her poetry is studied in schools and universities across the country.
Sophie, who lives in West Yorkshire, has also penned several children’s books and a collection of poems for children.
Her novels are to be translated to the small screen for a Prime Suspect style television series.
Tickets for the lunch are now on sale from customer reception at the Queen Street South, Examiner office.