Ann Cleeves and Michael Fuller are among the writers on this year's Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing and Drama line-up, as the event moves to a new date.
Usually held in October, the next festival will take place on Sunday 15th March, 2020 at Brown’s Courtrooms, Covent Garden, London.
Now in its fourth year, the 2020 line-up includes best-selling crime writer Cleeves, known for the Vera Stanhope series and Shetland series (Macmillan) and Fuller, who was the first black chief constable in the UK and chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service. His memoir, Kill The Black One First (535) was published in February this year.
Alison Levitt QC, chief counsel to the Crown Prosecution Service in the Savile enquiry; forensic scientist Dr Angela Gallop CBE, who worked on the Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor cases, and top criminologist and TV presenter Professor David Wilson will also join the line-up, with events including a live demonstration of police dog training.
The festival will also celebrate the Killer Women mentoring scheme, which was launched this year to find and encourage new female voices in crime fiction from BAME and low income or working-class backgrounds. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the scheme has been backed by festival guest Cleeves, J K Rowling, Val McDermid and Martina Cole. There will be exclusive readings from our four mentees at the festival.
Tickets will be priced at £75, with early bird tickets priced at £65.