ICE Summer Festival presents: THE MURDER PLOT: How to Write (and Read) Modern Crime Fiction

Sunday 17 June 2018
Madingley Hall
Last year crime fiction overtook 'general and literary fiction' to become the UK's bestselling genre.

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 What is it about crime writing that readers find so appealing?

In this workshop we will look at how modern crime novels use -- and cleverly subvert -- universal story dynamics to entertaining effect. To put it another way: how does a Jo Nesbo novel share the same 'story DNA' as a Shakespeare play? Why can it be argued that Gillian Flynn's thriller Gone Girl and the romantic comedy Notting Hill tell (almost) the same tale?

Tim Glencross has a bachelor's degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Peterhouse, Cambridge and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. He is the author of the novels Barbarians, (2014; Huffington Post Book of the Year, shortlisted for Writers Guild Best First Novel and Paddy Power Political Novel of the Year) and Days of the Dead (2017; 'Thriller of the Week’ Mail on Sunday). His journalism includes Esquire, TLS and the Guardian. A former political speechwriter and qualified lawyer, he is an adjunct professor at NYU's Leonard L. Stern School of Business.

This workshop is designed to complement the Chapterhouse Theatre company production of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Homes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.



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13:30 - 15:00