Abbott, Peace and Cha headline Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Abbott, Peace and Cha headline Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Megan Abbott will deliver this year's Noirwich Crime Writing Festival Lecture, focusing on adaptation and crime writing in the era of Netflix and HBO.

The festival is now in its eighth year and will run from 9th–12th September, delivered by the National Centre for Writing and the University of East Anglia (UEA). This year's festival will be a hybrid programme with in-person creative writing workshops at Dragon Hall, as well as free online events to extend the reach to international audiences.

Joining Abbott in topping the bill are David Peace and Korean-American novelist Steph Cha, who won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for her crime fiction novel Your House Will Pay (Faber). The programme will also include a showcase of new voices in crime writing from UEA’s MA programme and a celebration of over 50 years of creative writing at the university. Further programme announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Peggy Hughes, programme director at the National Centre for Writing, said: “This year's Noirwich programme blends international crime writing with home-grown talents, workshops for aspiring crime writers and conversations with masters of the form. David Peace, Steph Cha and Megan Abbott will be joined by UEA alumni Femi Kayode and Cat Ward, among many others, in a festival programme that gets under the bonnet and spies through the magnifying glass on this most popular, imaginative and dexterous of genres.”

Dr Nathan Ashman, lecturer in crime writing at the UEA, added: “Noirwich returns this year with a thrilling line-up of international and UK-based writers operating at the very cutting edge of their craft.  Alongside a headline lecture from Edgar Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Megan Abbott, the festival will feature an exciting array of workshops, discussions and events, including conversations with Steph Cha, celebrated author of the explosive and suspenseful 2019 thriller Your House Will Pay, and David Peace, an award-winning British crime writer and author of the acclaimed Red Riding Quartet and Tokyo Trilogy. It is an exciting and dynamic festival programme.”

All events, excluding the workshops, are free, however booking is essential. This year's festival is sponsored by The Crime Vault, the crime/thriller community of Little, Brown, with support from Arts Council England and Jarrold.