Murderous Medway Panel 5 – Lines of Duty

21st September 2019

Kent Police detective Lisa Cutts talks to former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes and former WPC Gina Kirkham about how much freedom they can allow artistic licence to override procedures when crafting their novels. 

Lisa Cutts has over 20 years experience as a serving detective constable with Kent Police and has investigated over 50 murders during 10 years with the serious crime directorate. She is also now an established star of the crime writing genre, with her fifth novel Lost Lives published in November 2018. 

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster series, Never Forget – winner of the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller – and Remember, Remember, with her third and fourth novels Mercy Killing and Buried Secrets featuring the East Rise Incident Room. 

A fantastic resource for crime writers, Lisa writes a monthly column for Writing Magazine, answering police procedural questions from other writers.

Lisa has been Patron of the RLF since 2016. Find her at www.lisacutts.co.uk

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst from Kent who now lives in Norfolk.

Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. 

She has written a further three psychological thrillers – Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains and Never Alone – and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors

Her latest novel, The Murder of Harriet Monckton, is based on an unsolved murder in 1843 and was published by Myriad in September 2018. Find her at www.elizabeth-haynes.com

Gina Kirkham began her career in front-line policing as a single parent in her thirties. During her time with Merseyside Police she received several commendations and in 2000 she was awarded Police Officer of the Year.

Her debut novel, the humorous Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, was published in May 2017 by Urbane Publications. July 2018 saw the launch of the second book in the series, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, and the third, Blues, Twos and Baby Shoes will be published in October 2019.

The series tells the story of single mum Mavis Upton, as she tackles everything that life, love and career can throw at her, in the funny but poignant account of an everyday woman who one day followed a dream to become a later-life police officer and provide for her child.

Gina is now retired from policing and lives on the Wirral with her long suffering husband, two wayward, unruly dogs and the welcome distraction of three hyperactive grandchildren. Find her at www.ginakirkham.wordpress.com

Tickets for this panel (£7) and/or an All Day Pass (£30) can be found here.

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Murderous Medway 21/9/19 – the Panels!

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We’re thrilled to release the programme for Murderous Medway – five fascinating and perceptive panels!

There’s an All Day Panel Pass available, or you can book individual tickets for each panel:

INDIVIDUAL PANEL TICKETS £7 EACH AVAILABLE HERE

ALL DAY PANEL PASSES £30 AVAILABLE HERE

10.30am-11.30am Location, Location, Location: Elly Griffiths, William Shaw and Lesley Thomson discuss the settings of their novels and how a place can become just as much a character as the heroes.

12.00-1.00pm Politically Thrilling: Henry Hemming, KH Irvine and Gareth Rubin capture the political zeitgeist of the last three years and how it’s informed their work.Chaired by Dr. Kate Bradley.

1.30pm-2.30pm Storybuilders: Guy Fraser-Sampson, Vicky Newham and Linda Regan ponder whether their writing processes make them an architect, an archaeologist or an alchemist.  

2.30pm-3.30pm Late Lunch Break. Sightsee, have dinner (the cafe downstairs is open all day until 7pm) or use your ticket to look around the Huguenot Museum for the discounted price of just £1! 

3.30pm-4.30pm Crime Seen: Crime screenwriters JC WilsherIsabelle Grey and Sally Griffiths shed light on how the likes of Midsomer Murders and Between the Lines come to life on the screen.

5-6pm Lines of Duty: Kent Police detective Lisa Cutts talks to former WPC Gina Kirkham and former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes on how much freedom they can allow artistic licence to override procedures when crafting their novels.

A exciting line-up, if I say so myself! We look forward to seeing you there.

June Write Then Socialise

Write Then Socialise 22nd June 1-3pm Nucleus Arts Chatham

A slight change of time and venue for this one – Nucleus Arts have invited us along to their Arts fest and have given us their Creative Cabin.

They’re also offering poets and storytellers the chance of an open mic slot, so do contact them direct, if that’s of interest.

I (Jaye) can’t actually be there, so knock yourselves out on my behalf! I’ll be working hard at a script-reading course at Ealing Studios!

Murderous Medway: The Three ‘C’s Crime Writing Workshops

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Saturday 13 October 10am-4pm.

We wanted to have a day of workshops from which you could leave with a blueprint for your own story. This could be one you’ve been working on for some time and need to kick start, or one where you have just the seed of an idea and need to nurture it. Either way, these workshops covering Concept, Character and Conflict will help you thrash out the story you need to tell.

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The Dickens Festival Lowdown!

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

draft flyer for Dickens 2018

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 Dickens Festival

Dickens 2016

Join us at Rochester Children’s Library during the Dickens Festival for Poetrees inspired by the great man’s works. Or choose your Dickens Name and write your very own great work, starring the character you would have been!

It’s all free and there’s no need to book, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 10 from 10.30am-1pm.

With many thanks to the City of Rochester Society for their grant support again this year, which enables the event to take place.

Legoland encourages a book not tech at bedtime

Jenni Falconer presents Joseph Parkes (10) with a giant copy of the bedtime story he wrote to launch LEGOLAND® Windsor resorts new Castle Hotel. UK

Earlier this year, the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort launched a bedtime story writing competition following research revealing that more than half of parents (55%) ban tech before bedtime in favour of traditional bedtime stories, with a ‘tech black out’ sweeping the nation at 4.41pm.

And the winner was ten year old Joseph Parkes from Wiltshire, who beat hundreds of entries in the nationwide competition to have his bedtime story published as a real-life book and placed in every room of the new LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel, opening on 1 July 2017.

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