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Do you have to be a little bit psychotic to write crime? How many murders have you plotted? Just how dark is your imagination? We’ll get into these and other questions when we bring together three best-selling crime writers for a ‘Writers on Writing’ event with
BA Paris, Sophie Hannah and Simon Toyne.

Discussion will follow the lifecycle of writing a novel from ideas to 1st Draft, editing, covers and blurbs, publication. The session will include an interval to allow some less formal discussion, mingling and preparation for a second stage Q&A.

Sophie Hannah is a No. 1 bestselling crime writer whose books are published in 51 countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She won the UK National Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year prize in 2013, and the Dagger in the Library Award in 2023. She is the author of the new series of Hercule Poirot continuation novels, commissioned by Agatha Christie's family. 

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DATE: 06/07/24

TIME: Doors 4.30pm

VENUE: Alton Assembly Rooms

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B A Paris is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of seven novels including the word-of-mouth hit, Behind Closed Doors and her new thriller, The Guest. Over 7 million editions of her work have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 41 languages. Three of her novels have been optioned for major screen adaptations with a film of The Breakdown, titled Blackwater Lane, in post production.


Simon Toyne’s first book, Sanctus, was translated into 29 languages, published in over 60 countries and was an international and Sunday Times bestseller. As well as being the author of six other thrillers including the Solomon Creed and Laughton Rees series, he is also the presenter of Written in Blood on ITVX, a true crime show where bestselling authors investigate the real crimes that have inspired their fiction.

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