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Debut Authors: An Infusion of Fresh Blood - Friday 20 May 2016. CrimeFest

On Friday 20 May 2016 the first panel of the day is:

Debut Authors: An Infusion of Fresh Blood:

Taking part are:

Chris Curran

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 Chris Curran worked as an actress and script-writer in alternative theatre for several years. She has had short stories published in women’s magazines and she reviews fiction for various publications and blogs. Mindsight is her debut novel, and in 2013 an early draft of the novel was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray began his writing career 40 years ago, working on The Star, Johannesburg’s biggest daily newspaper. He soon became Chief Crime Reporter in what was considered to be the crime capital of the world. He once achieved a record of more than 30 consecutive days of front page crime stories, including an aircraft hijacking, several murders, numerous armed robberies and even drug-related gang wars. Since then, his successful career has spanned magazine publishing, public relations and strategic communications. Being a storyteller is his craft. He has written two bestselling business books on leadership and has a cupboard full of ideas for the next novel.

Corrie Jackson

Corrie Jackson has been a journalist for fourteen years andhas worked at Harpers Bazaar, The Daily Mail, Grazia and Glamour. After a sunny two-year stint freelancing in Los Angeles, she is now coming to terms with the weather in Surrey, England where she lives with her husband and two children. She is currently working on the second book in the Sophie Kent series.   
        twitter @corriejacko

Sanjida Kay

Sanjida Kay is a writer and broadcaster.
Bone by Bone is her first thriller.
She lives in Bristol with her daughter and husband.


Matthew Blakstad writes pacy, character-driven fiction that explores the impact of technology on how we live and who we are. His first novel, Sockpuppet, is out in May 2016. Sockpuppet is book one of the Martingale Cycle, a series of interconnected novels exploring the life of computing pioneer and political radical Elyse Martingale - and her strange afterlife in the 21st century.

Matthew's first career was as a professional child actor. From the age of ten, he had roles in TV dramas on the BBC and ITV, in films and at theatres including London's Royal Court. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications. He now works in the public sector, helping people understand and manage money.

The panel moderator is

Jake Kerridge has been the crime fiction critic of the Daily Telegraph since 2005. He agrees with Julian Symon’s view that nobody should be a crime critic who doesn’t feel a quickening of the pulse every time the postman delivers a new parcel of books. He has interviewed many crime writers and was once described by P D James as ‘that nice man’ and by George Pelecanos as ‘that guy standing over there.



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