St Hilda’s College Mystery and Crime Conference 18 / 20 August 2017
‘Another Crime, Another Place: the role of location in crime fiction.’
Natasha Cooper will take the Chair and our other award-winning regular conference speakers include Val McDermid and Andrew Taylor. We will also welcome the speakers confirmed so far:
Lin Anderson, Tartan Noir novelist and screenwriter, author of the Rhona MacLeod forensic crime thriller series, and a co-founder of the annual Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival.
Lorna Dawson, head of the Soil Forensics Group at the Hutton Institute and honorary professor in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, who has worked as tv drama forensics advisor on Vera and Silent Witness, and with crime authors including Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson.
Belinda Bauer, former journalist and screenwriter, who won the Carl Foreman BAFTA for her screenplay The Locker Room. Her debut novel Blacklands earned her the CWA’s Gold Dagger, and Rubbernecker won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2014.
Mark Billingham, TV writer and stand-up comedian whose series of Tom Thorne novels, starting with Sleepyhead, have been adapted for TV in an acclaimed series starring David Morrissey. Winner twice of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Jake Kerridge, journalist and critic who writes on arts and books for several publications and ‘takes an unhealthy interest in violence and murder as the Telegraph's crime fiction critic.’
Abir Mukerjee, who was working as an accountant when won the Telegraph-Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition with his debut novel, A Rising Man. Set in India in 1919, it is hoped to be the first of a series featuring Capt Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee.
Manda Scott, Edgar-nominated author of the best-selling Boudica series and the Sebastos Pantera Roman novels, who began her career with a series of crime novels set in Scotland.
Henry Sutton, Award-winning crime novelist and academic whose novels include My Criminal World and Get Me Out of Here. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and co-director of the MA in Prose Fiction UEA Creative Writing Course.
And announcing Conference Guest, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, the Queen of Nordic Noir. Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers including ‘I Remember You’ (Icelandic Crime Fiction Award.)
The Conference Dinner will be held in aid of The P D James Fund which supports to the work of the English School and students at St Hilda’s College kindly endowed by Honorary Fellow PD James.
More news including further speakers, the full programme and social media updates will follow soon.
The Mystery and Crime Weekend
Launched in 1994, this conference, which offers authors an opportunity to explore a theme, has become a most significant entry in the calendar of crime fiction conferences and is a wonderful way to spend a weekend with like-minded devotees of crime fiction. The theme this year is’ Another Crime, Another Place: the role of location in crime fiction’ and the remit to the speakers is to examine the many areas crime fiction covers: the police detective, historical, ‘hard- boiled’, clerical, classical fairy tales, domestic, the golden age gems, the light-hearted, etc. We offer challenging talks, excellent meals, on-site accommodation, Oxford itself and amazing camaraderie.
The Conference Programme
The Weekend begins with a Reception and the Conference Dinner on Friday evening. The conference (Saturday & Sunday) is divided into morning and afternoon sessions with breaks for tea/coffee. The Conference Lecture, on Saturday morning, will be given by the Guest of Honour, this year Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Lunch is offered both days and there is a second Dinner on Saturday evening. Plenty of opportunity is given for discussion, questions and just relaxing with the speakers and other participants.
About St Hilda’s
St Hilda’s College, Oxford University is on the banks of the River Cherwell overlooking the meadows and spires of Oxford. Its lovely gardens sweep down to the river, which is famous for punting and picnics. The centre of Oxford is a few minutes walk away, but the College itself lies in a pleasantly secluded area away from the noise and bustle of the city. B&B is offered and can be extended before or after the conference. Access by train is good and there are excellent coach services to Oxford from Central London and from Heathrow & Gatwick airports. And it is one of the few places in Oxford with parking.
A bookstore, kindly provided by Blackwell’s, will be open continuously throughout the weekend and will aim to have as many of the speakers’ books as possible and of the other crime-writers attending the conference.
Accomodation at St Hilda’s is mainly in single rooms but we do have a few twin rooms and where a twin room is not available couples are put in adjoining rooms. Unfortunately the college cannot guarantee en-suite accommodation but all rooms have washbasins and all buildings have bathrooms with showers which are private, individual units that have recently been modernised. Tea & coffee making facilities are provided in every room.
For further information including booking extra B&B dates or with any special requirements not mentioned on this site please call Triona Adams at St Hilda's College Development Office 01865 276 828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org