Crime Writers’ Day – Crime Seen Panel: Jane Lythell, Hugh Fraser and Julie Wassmer

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There’s a reason – several, actually – why crime drama is so popular on television. The thrill of a chase, the whodunnit factor, the edge of seat menace. Our Crime Seen panel at the festival consists of three authors infinitely qualified to discuss why taking crime and thriller books to screen is so successful, as well as give us an insight into the creation of their own work.

Jane Lythell is a former TV producer and commissioning editor with 15 years experience, and was both Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA before turning to writing full time. At the launch of her fourth novel Behind Her Back this year, the exciting announcement was made that Jane’s debut novel, psychological thriller The Lie of You, has been adapted and will be released as a feature film, starring Tuppence Middleton, Rupert Graves, Lydia Wilson and Luke Roberts.

Jane’s second novel, After The Storm, has also been optioned by Great Point Media (Lady Macbeth, Doc Martin). Her latest two novels feature TV executive Liz Lyon, and is a timely response to the issues currently playing out across the film and television industry. Woman of the Hour introduced us to Liz, with Behind her Back continuing the insider’s story.

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Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ and the Duke of Wellington in ‘Sharpe’. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth’n’Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also narrated many of Agatha Christie’s novels as audio books. He has now written three books in the Rina Walker series – Harm, Threat and Malice. Stealth is due on October 4th  2018.

STEALTH  When a step out of line means a fight to the death…                            

London 1967                                                                                

A working girl is brutally murdered in a Soho club. Rina Walker takes out the killer and attracts the attention of a sinister line-up of gangland enforcers with a great deal to prove. When a member of British Military Intelligence becomes aware of her failure to fulfill a contract issued by an inmate of Broadmoor, he forces her into the deadly arena of the Cold War, with orders to kill an enemy agent. Rina needs to call upon all her dark skills, not simply to survive, but to protect the ones she loves.

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Julie Wassmer was born in the East End of London, studied at Kingston University and had a variety of different jobs before she settled down to become a television drama writer.

She worked on several TV series, including ITV’s London’s Burning, C5’s Family Affairs and the popular BBC soap, Eastenders, which she wrote for almost 20 years.

In 2010, her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence was published by Harper Collins, telling the story of how, twenty years before, she was reunited by an extraordinary quirk of fate with the baby daughter she had given up for adoption when she was a teenager. The book entered the Sunday Times Best Selling Non-Fiction Top Twenty and went on to become Mumsnet Book of the Year

In 2015, her debut crime novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, was published by Little, Brown – followed by four more titles in a crime series featuring “seafood, murder and multi-tasking heroine, Pearl Nolan”. The books are set against a backdrop of captivating Kent locations, including Whitstable itself which has been Julie’s home for almost twenty years.

The TV rights to the series have been optioned by the production company, Buccaneer, and the Daily Mail writes: “While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl . . . True to the tradition of classic crime, Julie Wassmer weaves a strong story into a setting that has more to offer than murder and mayhem….A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read.”

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Website: http://www.juliewassmer.com

 

Join us all day on October 6 for five panels of crime writers, with time after each one for signings. Tickets will available in due course and you can be the first to know when by signing up to our email newsletter.

The Crime Writers’ Day will take place between 11am-6pm at the Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate.

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Mark Billingham to headline our Crime Writers’ Day

Our first dedicated crime writing festival is shaping up to be a belter!

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Top crime writer Mark Billingham will be headlining, topping off an exciting day of panels around all aspects of crime writing.

Mark will be in conversation with our Patron, author and serving detective, Lisa Cutts, whose latest book, Lost Lives, is being released later this year by Simon and Schuster.

The Killing Habit is Mark’s newest novel, and will be published next month. It continues the award winning series of stories featuring London based detective Tom Thorne, which includes The Dying Hours, Lifeless, Good As Dead, Time Of Death and Love Like Blood. Lazybones and Death Message both won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year.

An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in
Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne, and a major six-part series, based on the standalone thriller In The Dark, was screened on BBC1 in 2017.

Mark became a bestseller with his debut novel, Sleepyhead, in 2001, which has since been acclaimed as one of the novels that shaped the decade. Since then, each of Mark’s novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. His sales total more than 4.5million copies to date, and his books are published in over 25 countries.

Mark first began his career as an actor, with credits including small-screen greats such as Dempsey & Makepeace, Birds of a Feather, Juliet Bravo and four series of cult children’s classic Maid Marian And Her Merry Men. Whilst continuing his relationship with TV through writing for a variety of shows, he branched out into stand-up comedy and worked all over the world for more than twenty years, appearing regularly at The Comedy Store, as well as on screen with Spitting Image, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Live At Jongleurs.

He has gone on to present widely on TV and radio, hosting shows including Going Live, TV’s Favourite Detective, Passport to Murder, Mark Billingham’s Rule Book of Crime and documentaries on everything from Patricia Highsmith to Columbo. He has also showcased his peculiar and largely useless ability to retain trivia on radio and TV shows such as Quote Unquote, The Write Stuff, Pointless Celebrities, Eggheads and Celebrity Mastermind, which he won, thanks to knowing far more than is healthy about Elvis Costello. Mr Costello has now rescinded the restraining order…

We’re delighted Mark will be joining us on Saturday, October 6. The panels will run from 11am-6pm in the Rochester Community Hub, with time after each panel for signings. Read more about Mark on his website here, or follow him on Twitter @MarkBillingham

When the author day is complete, you can join us for a brand new murder mystery evening devised by theatre group Alternate Shadows, which will take place in the glorious Eastgate House, just opposite the Hub.

We’ll be announcing all our authors over the next few weeks, so do sign up to our newsletter if you’d like to be among the first to know. Tickets will be available in due course.

The Dickens Festival Lowdown!

Christina casts her creative eye over our programme for the upcoming Dickens Festival weekend.

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The RLF is back this summer’s Dickens Festival weekend with another fantastic programme with performances from some brilliant authors and performers. This year we will be based at the beautiful, newly refurbished Eastgate House (Dickens’ once referred to it as ‘The Nuns’ House’ in The Mystery of Edwin Drood) which now accommodates exhibitions dedicated to the history of the house.

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The Turtle Moves Returns!

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Crafty fun for all the family with a selection of activities inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Make your own witches or wizard’s hat, decorate a Quantum Weather Butterfly or Maskerade Mask, mind your nose with the springy eggs, or get your hands clay-mucky with golems and trolls!

No need to book but we do ask a £1 donation per child in order to re-stock our craft store.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Dyslexia House Writing Competition

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Do you have a story to tell but find it hard to get it down on paper?  

If it’s a struggle, why not contact Dyslexia House for help?  They can help get your words into print. So get in touch right now for writing help!

Or do you prefer to express yourself with images rather than words?  Then don’t hesitate…get sketching, drawing and painting right now!

This is the first time that Dyslexia House Association has combined forces with Medway Libraries, Medway Mermaids and Nucleus Arts to encourage writing and artwork.

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Help Rochester Cathedral become dementia friendly

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Rochester Cathedral is looking for your help!

Go to the Cathedral on Saturday 2 September  from 2pm; enjoy tea and cakes and have a look around, then join them for Evensong at 3.15pm and tell them how they can make it Dementia Friendly.

Chris Bostock, Anna Chaplain at the Cathedral, is eager to gather the views of people in Medway so they can work towards ensuring everything they do is welcoming and inclusive of people with dementia.

Please let Chris know if you can join them. Email: annachaplain84@gmail.com or call 07563059756.

To find them: The postcode for the Cathedral Office is ME1 1SX – there is no postcode for the Cathedral itself. The west doors face Boley Hill and for more information, visit their website.