Fri, 14 Aug | Online Event

Guest Speaker at 2020 St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford - Virtual Crime Fiction Weekend

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Guest Speaker at 2020 St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford - Virtual Crime Fiction Weekend

Time & Location

14 Aug 2020, 19:00 BST – 15 Aug 2020, 20:00 BST
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About the Event

This event originally launched at St Hilda's College in 1994, it offers crime fiction fans the unique experience of hearing their favourite authors exploring the genre, their own work and the writers who inspired them.  This year, for the first time - this is a virtual event with the theme All Our Yesterdays: historical crime fiction.

My virtual talk, entitled 'You couldn’t make it up: Bloody Murder and Brilliant Science in the golden age of Crime Fiction' can be watched live at 2pm until 3pm on Saturday 15th August.  

Tickets for the whole event cost £5 for students, £25 for concessions and £30 standard.  Book here  

Other participants, subjects, and speakers: Val McDermid, Mick Herron, William Shaw, Sarah HilaryAbir Mukherjee, Vaseem Khan, Sara Sheridan, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Jill DawsonMary Paulson-Ellis, Elly Griffiths and Anna Mazzola. Alison Joseph and Jake Kerridge will be sharing the chairing with subjects ranging from Christie and Highsmith, Du Maurier and Vine, to CJ Sansom and Dr Who. Andrew Wilson will be celebrating Agatha Christie in this the 100th anniversary of The Mysterious Affair At Styles with Everything Agatha! Click on the programme for timings and details.

The puzzler and prize: No event exploring Historical Crime Fiction would be complete without Andrew Taylor. Not only their 2020 Guest Of Honour, he is penning this year's dramatic WhodunnitThe Murder of Lucy Ackroyd is a chillingly implausible whodunit set in Oxford. The demise of a famed literary novelist takes place in a former women’s college located in the academic badlands beyond Magdalen Bridge. Starring: Chief Inspector Taylor, Val McDermid, Sarah Hilary, Triona Adams, Abir Mukherjee, and Mick Herron. Blackwell's Bookshop will be offering a prize for the lucky armchair sleuth.

Accessibility: One ticket buys attendees (from across the globe) access to all of the live sessions, and to all the recordings which will made immediately available and remain accessible for a month. In this way you can be flexible with what you view and when. Further details and simple joining instructions will be sent out to all attendees a couple of days prior to the big event.

Extras: Blackwell's will be providing the organisers with an online bookshop featuring deals and discounts on titles from the  speakers and their subjects. Furthermore, friends at Isis Audiobooks are gifting all attendees with Mick Herron's novella The List, the private link to which will be sent out with the joining instructions.

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