Calling all fans of crime writing

PUBLISHED: 12:08 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:08 18 June 2013

Crime fiction writer Barbara Nadel

Crime fiction writer Barbara Nadel


From the Victorian era's pipe smoking detective Sherlock to today's unconventional heroine Lisbeth Salander, crime writing pulls in the crowds like no other genre.

June is officially National Crime Writing Month, a unique literary festival that promotes the genre.

It’s still in its early days after launching in 2010 first as Crime Writing Week and then being extended to a month when its popularity picked up.

Best-selling crime writer Alison Joseph, who chairs the Crime Writers’ Association, said: “National Crime Writing Month is a wonderful opportunity for writers and readers to meet each other and at the same time to support their local libraries too. In these times of threats to public funding, with many libraries facing closure, it’s more important than ever that the CWA shows its support for this vital service.”

To tie in with the national activities, libraries across Barking and Dagenham are putting on their own crime writing week from June 24 to 28 featuring talks by established and upcoming authors.

So head along to these events at Barking Learning Centre next week for a taste of the illicit. It would be a crime to miss it! (Sorry, couldn’t help ourselves.)

Monday 24

Erin Kelly, Essex-born author of psychological thrillers The Poison Tree and The Sick Rose, will be talking about her books, life and her latest novel, The Burning Air.

7.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday 25

Get your teeth into a ‘whodunnit’ with a murder mystery evening. Refreshments available.

7.30pm – 8.30pm

Wedneday 26

Northern writer Barbara Nadel, who has two detective series; one based in Turkey and the other set around the East End in London, will be discussing her career.

7.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 27

TV producer and scriptwriter debut novel Where The Devil Can’t Go, based around the lives on Polish immigrants in London, has gripped readers. Find out more at her talk.

10.30am – 11.30am

Friday 28

London journalist James Craig will be talking about his life and his book that use the city as the backdrop of his murderous tales.

10.30am – 11.30am

Tickets are free and are available from Barking Learning Centre. For more information contact 020 8724 8725 or email

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