Tea on the lawn. Whodunnit in the dining hall. Murder in the lecture room.
I am honoured to have been invited to join a whole roster of outstanding crime writers for a weekend conference exploring Changemakers: the writers who have transformed the genre.
Based at St Hilda’s College in Oxford, this unique event features a series of talks given by crime writers, on a single theme, that then broadens into a wider dialogue between speakers and audience. This year, those taking part include:-
Lin Anderson and Professor Niamh Nic Daeid on Forensic Science
Nicci French on suspense thrillers
Mick Herron on Reginald Hill
Graeme Macrae Burnet on George Simenon
Will Dean on Scandi Noir
Sarah Hilary on Patricia Highsmith
Val McDermid on New Wave Feminists
Andrew Taylor on Josephine Tey
Nicholas Utechin on Sherlock Holmes
and me on Kate Atkinson.
The weekend will be chaired by Natasha Cooper, with Guest of Honour, Denise Mina.
Alongside all the talks, there will also be a riverside drinks reception, the PD James Conference Dinner and ‘whodunnit’, book signings, goodie bags, prizes, Sunday lunch and more.
Weekend, single day and additional meal and drinks tickets from St Hilda’s here.