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Sunday 17 April 2022

CrimeFest 2022: Out of Uniform: Gifted Amateurs

  Friday 13 May 2022
10:10 - 11:00

The Panel are: Elizabeth Mundy, Nell Pattison, Fiona Veitch Smith,
Trevor Wood, 

and the participating Moderator is Carolyn Kirby

Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a
Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. An English Literature graduate from Edinburgh University, Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her husband. In Strangers Houses was her debut novel and the first in the Lena Szarka mystery series. Her latest book is A Messy Affair published January 2020.

Nell Pattison studying English at university
then became a teacher specialising in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, but still refuses to wear her hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and child. The Silent House was her debut novel. Her latest book is The Silent Suspect published 29 April 2021.

Fiona Veitch Smith is the author of the Poppy
Denby Investigates novels, Golden Age-style murder mysteries set in the 1920s (Lion Fiction). The first book, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, while subsequent books have been shortlisted for the Foreword Review Mystery Novel of the Year and the People’s Book Prize. Book There are now six books in the series. Fiona lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Newcastle upon Tyne. She works part time for the Crime Writers' Association and is the Deputy Editor of Red Herrings magazine.  Her most recent book is The Crystal Crypt published November 2021.

Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for
25 years and considers himself an adopted Geordie, though he still can't speak the language. He's a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for 16 years joining, presciently, as a Writer. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA. His first novel, The Man on the Street, which is set in his home city, was published by Quercus 19 March 2020, winning the The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2020. His latest book is Dead End Street, published 20 January 2022.

Carolyn Kirby
originally from Sunderland – studied history at St Hilda’s College, Oxford before working in social housing and then as a teacher. Her debut novel The Conviction of Cora Burns is a dark journey through Victorian Birmingham that questions whether the roots violence lie in our hearts or in our scars. Her latest novel When we Fall was published 7 May 2020. For more information about the historical background to the novel, as well as details of Carolyn’s other speaking events, please go to her website   

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