cRYmE Writers Festival 2019


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2nd March 2019
Rye Community Centre / Mermaid Inn
Simon Brett, Nicola Upson and a Mystery Author

A whole day event with talks about crime writing and acting and a themed luncheon with wine.

Find out what makes crime writers tick, get tips to help you if you wish to start writing and finally, just have fun!  The day will include talks by crime authors Simon Brett and Nicola Upson – PLUS a mystery major crime aficionado (details will be announced on this website later).

A delicious three-course themed lunch featuring a Death Cap starter, a Synnamon Lamb Shank main, a Lethal Injection and Death by Chocolate together with a glass of wine or a soft drink will be held in a private dining space in the atmospheric 2 AA Rosettes Mermaid Inn. Head Chef Ben Fisher is very focused on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients and cooking them perfectly. He has a broad range of experience having worked in Michelin Star restaurants both in this country and abroad. If you have any special dietary requirements we will need to know in advance, please e-mail the Box Office giving details.

These ‘early bird’ tickets, which include access to all three talks and the lunch will only be on sale until Rye Fawkes – 10 November 2018. So make sure to book yours today!

Limited Disabled Access, Bar.

About Simon Brett:
Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fetheringand Blotto & Twinks series. His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine. Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitmentsand Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Parisin the Radio 4 adaptations of his books. In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.

About Nicola Upson:
Nine Lessons in Murder
Nicola Upson’s crime novels featuring the author Josephine Tey have been praised as ‘historical crime fiction at its very best’ (Sunday Times) and ‘a masterstroke of literary theft’ (Independent on Sunday). Set in the 1930s, they weave original murder mysteries around a celebration of Tey’s life and work, bridging the Golden Age and the contemporary. This latest work takes readers from Cambridge to the Suffolk coast, following a series of audacious murders inspired by M.R. James’s famous ghost stories; the book has been shortlisted for the 2018 CWA Historical Dagger and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Mystery of 2017.


Short Story Writing Competition
Rye Arts Festival also announces a competition for budding short story writers. There will be two categories, those aged 11 to 18 and 18+. The theme is MARCH and you are asked to write a maximum of 1,500 words. You can enter more than one short story. This competition is FREE to enter. Your entires must be delivered to Rye Bookshop, 25 High Street, Rye TN31 7JF. Closing date: 5:30pm, Saturday 12th January 2019.

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