Report by Radmila May
Regrettably I was not able to attend all these special events but this account of the Festival will cover such of the events which I could, in particular, the daily Fresh Blood events which featured debut authors.
disappears and she herself is being watched); Lucy V Hay (The Other Twin, a young woman investigates her sister’s death).
Participating authors were Malin Persson Giolito (Quicksand, Danish-set, a teenage girl is a murderer – or is she?); G (Gemma) X Todd (Defender, an imaginative post-apocalyptic thriller); Matt Wesolowski (Six Stories, Northumberland-set, six accounts of a long-ago murder); Matthew Richardson (My Name is Nobody, a spy thriller compared to early Le Carre).
Panel (Left to right): Malin Persson Giolito, Matthew Richardson, G X Todd, Matt Wesolowski, Karen Richardson (moderator)
Fresh Blood Saturday
authors were Nuala Ellwood (My Sister’s Bones, a war reporter is haunted by the horrors she has seen); Walter Lucius (Butterfly on the Storm, first title in best-selling Dutch Heartland Trilogy, a simple hit-and-run turns into a murder investigation); Lucy Cameron (Night Is Watching, a serial killer attacks couples in their homes); Bill Beverley (multi-prize winning U.S. author, literary mystery blending crime story with coming of age and road story).
Andrew Taylor whose books are set in both the recent and not-so recent past (latest novel, The Ashes of London). The authors were Cathy Ace (two series, one set in Wales, the other featuring a Welsh-Canadian criminal psychologist, and short stories); R.M. Cartmel (two series, one set among the Burgundian vineyards, the other, rather darker, set in Peterborough); Ruth Dudley Edwards (historian, also a series featuring the extremely non-politically correct Baroness Troutbeck); Hans Olav Lahlum (sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy, his K2 and Patricia series is set in Oslo 1968-73).
suspense in thrillers. The moderator was L.A. (Louise) Larkin who is well-known for taking research to extremes for her thrillers, mostly standalones but now starting a series set in
Antarctica, including time spent there, attending a hackers’ convention, and learning to sew up a wound. The other panellists were: Swedish screenwriter Stefan Ahnhem who had never wanted, he said, to be a writer but had always had a vivid imagination; Felix Francis, son of the famous writer Dick Francis; former policeman and journalist Paul Finch has written six titles featuring maverick cop DS Mark Heckenburg; and award-winning Finnish writer Anti Tuomainen who has written six crime novels two of whose novels are in development for feature films. Paul Finch who includes The Bill among his credits stressed the need to keep novels fast-paced. In Felix Francis’s childhood discussion was always about criminal matters; although his novels are primarily about people they, like his father’s, have a horse-racing background. Anti Tuomainen’s stress the importance of weather especially in Finland. Stefan Ahnhem asked why it was that it was mostly female characters who were the hunted. All the writers agreed that often the characters took over the plot.