Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has today confirmed Anita Terpstra and Paddy Richardson will be its Unesco City of Literature virtual writers in residence for 2020.
Terpestra, who is from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, will join Richardson, from Dunedin, New Zealand, to create new work and "foster connections" between Norwich and their home cities. This year's festival will take place as an online event from 10th to 13th September, and include a programme of live Q&As, creative writing workshops and discussion panels. Authors such as Attica Locke, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Olivier Norek, Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson will feature, in discussions that will be free to view.
Peggy Hughes, programme director at the festival, said: "Following on from our inaugural Noirwich Unesco City of Literature Writer in Residence in 2019, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir from Reykjavík, we're seizing the opportunity to welcome two virtual writers in residence to join us at this year's festival. We can't wait to introduce Anita and Paddy to our brilliant and curious Noirwich audiences: though the current situation prevents us from welcoming writers to Norwich in person, we will connect virtually and be transported by their words and ideas instead. We're always excited to find new ways to connect with our fellow cities of literature and to introduce our writers and readers to each other."
Terpstra’s debut thriller Nachtvlucht ( translating as Night Flight) was nominated for the Shadow Prize and the Crimezone Thriller Award. Samen (Together) was nominated for the Golden Gallows. Her books have been translated in German and French.
Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories and seven novels. Through the Lonesome Dark was shortlisted for the New Zealand Historical Novel Award and longlisted for The Dublin International Literature Award.
Terpstra said: "I’m honoured to be chosen as a virtual writer in residence at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. We don’t have literary festivals that celebrate crime writing in the Netherlands, unfortunately, and Norwich must be so proud it has. Maybe my city Leeuwarden, which is now a Unesco City of Literature, can host a crime writing festival one day. I do hope my residency puts Leeuwarden ‘on the thriller writing map’, so to speak, and am looking forward to sharing my writing with the (virtual) visitors of the festival."
Both authors will also have the opportunity to appear on "The Writing Life" podcast over the festival weekend and write two commissioned pieces.
Richardson said: "I see this as an opportunity to make contact with, and share my writing and experiences with, other writers and readers of crime fiction. I also see this as an opening for my home city, Dunedin, to make literary connections with Norwich, another Unesco City of Literature."
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