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Slaughter in Southwold: Top crime writers lined up for popular festival

PUBLISHED: 11:09 04 April 2019

The annual Slaughter in Southwold crime festival returns in June. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk Libraries

The annual Slaughter in Southwold crime festival returns in June. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk Libraries

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Top crime authors will converge on a coastal town as a popular festival returns for its seventh instalment.

A talk at a previous 'Slaughter in Southwold' crime writers festival.  PHOTO: Nick ButcherA talk at a previous 'Slaughter in Southwold' crime writers festival. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Organisers of the annual Slaughter in Southwold crime festival have promised that this year’s event will be “bigger and better than ever,”

The established crime writers’ festival will again feature numerous well-known local and national crime writers giving talks at the event on June 15 and June 16.

With the event taking place at Southwold Arts Centre, as part of Southwold Arts Festival, Slaughter in Southwold is organised by Southwold Library manager Charlotte Clark with support from the Friends of Southwold Library and the Crime Writers Association.

This year’s packed programme features Kate Ellis, Mick Herron, Jill Dawson, Val McDermid, Mark Dawson, Martin Edwards, Nicci French, Felix Francis and Elly Griffiths.

There will also be a range of other activities on offer including a murder mystery night based on the best selling Shetland books by Ann Cleeves, a staged murder mystery musical, a crime-themed quiz night and a chance to have a fish and chips lunch with the visiting authors.

Charlotte Clark said: “It’s wonderful how well supported it is by the local community and we are proud to bring big name crime authors to our small corner of Suffolk.

“It’s amazing how far people travel now to enjoy the Slaughter weekend, even outside of our library customers, and we hope that this year’s seventh Slaughter is bigger and better than ever!”

On Saturday, June 15 Kate Ellis will talk about her latest detective novel, The Boy Who Lived with the Dead; Mick Herron will talk about his award-winning Slough House novels before Jill Dawson talks about her new novel, The Language of Birds. Val McDermid will discuss her latest Karen Pirie novel, Broken Ground, ahead of a crime quiz night in the evening.

On Sunday, June 16 Mark Dawson will talk about his best selling John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series; Martin Edwards will talk about his latest thriller, Gallows Court before Nicci French - AKA Sean French and Nicci Gerrard - discuss their best selling Frieda Klein series.

Felix Francis will then talk about his latest novel, Crisis, and his other novels that continue his late father Dick Francis’ writing legacy. Elly Griffiths will then talk about her latest Dr Ruth Galloway novel, The Stone Circle.

Full details of the programme is available from www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/slaughter

or ticket details via

www.ticketsource.co.uk/slaughterinsouthwold

Tickets are also available at the library or by calling 01502 722519.

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