Crime Cymru – The Outsiders: why are all the sleuths in Welsh crime fiction from elsewhere?
Welsh crime writers Rosie Claverton, Alis Hawkins, Jan Newton and Katherine Stansfield - all members of the recently-launched Crime Cymru group – will be in discussion with best-selling crime and thriller writer MR Hall about why Welsh soil may throw up poets a-plenty but doesn’t seem so keen to grow detectives.
This panel will be chaired by best selling author Matthew Hall.
Jane Newton – Remember No More
Jan Newton grew up in Manchester and Derbyshire and spent twenty years in the Chilterns before moving to mid Wales in 2005. She has worked as a bilingual secretary, an accountant, and in the Welsh stream of a primary school. She graduated from Swansea University in 2015 with a Masters in Creative Writing and has won the Allen Raine Short Story Competition, the WI’s Lady Denman Cup, the Lancashire and North West Magazine’s prize for humorous short stories and the Oriel Davies Gallery’s prize for nature writing. Remember No More is her first novel, released in March 2017 by Honno.
Katherine Stansfield – Falling Creatures
Katherine Stansfield is a novelist and poet who grew up in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff. Her most recent novel is Falling Creatures, a work of historical crime fiction inspired by a murder that took place on Bodmin Moor in 1844. The sequel, The Magpie Tree, is out in spring 2018. Playing House, her first book of poems, was published by Seren in 2014. Katherine is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Cardiff University, where she also teaches the Writing Crime Fiction course for the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education.
Alis Hawkins – None So Blind
Alis Hawkins’s Teifi Valley Coroner series marks her move away from medieval historical fiction and into Victorian-era crime. The series, featuring partially-sighted would-be coroner Harry Probert Lloyd and his chippy assistant John Davies, is set in West Wales where Alis grew up. The first in the series, None So Blind (described by Phil Rickman of BBC Radio Wales’ Phil the Shelf as ‘arguably the best crime fiction creation of the year so far’) takes place during the Rebecca Riots – Wales’s best kept historical secret.
Rosie Claverton – Terror 404
Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. Her Cardiff-based crime series The Amy Lane Mysteries, debuted in 2014, with the latest novel Terror 404 released in June 2017. Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction. Rosie lives with her journalist husband and her brand-new daughter.