Crime writers head to Reydon for literary festival

PUBLISHED: 16:06 20 June 2014

A crime writing festival is taking place at Southwold Library.
Pictured is  Southwold Library manager Charlotte Clark in the library.

A crime writing festival is taking place at Southwold Library. Pictured is Southwold Library manager Charlotte Clark in the library.


Well-known and award-winning authors will be heading to Reydon this weekend for Southwold library’s second annual crime writers festival.

The event was launched last summer and is returning on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 with another busy schedule of talks by crime authors.

Among the speakers will be Sophie Hannah, whose novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive; Ian Sansom, who is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and writes for the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers; Linda Davies, whose first novel Nest of Vipers has sold more than two million copies; and Andrew Martin, who will be familiar to BBC 4 viewers for presenting a documentary about railways.

The festival will also feature talks by Alison Bruce, Elly Griffths, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles and Mark Mower.

Southwold library manager Charlotte Clark, said: “It is brilliant to have this opportunity to showcase such amazing crime writers and that they want to be a part of the weekend. Anyone coming is in for a real treat.”

The festival, dubbed Slaughter in Southwold, will take place in Reydon Village Hall and is being held as part of the Southwold Arts Festival.

It has been organised by the Friends of Southwold Library and Miss Clark in association with The Crime Writers Association and is being supported by Rowan House bed and breakfast in Wenhaston.

Tickets, which can be bought on the door, are £4 per talk, £12 per day or £24 for the weekend. There is also the opportunity to book a fish and chip lunch with the authors and there will be a fun crime quiz night on June 21 at 7pm. Tickets and more information are available from the library on 01502 722519.

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