Date Brought Forward: The Real Sherlock Holmes?
CWA member Bryan Kesselman will be talking about his biography of Victorian private detective Ignatius Pollaky on 11 Feb at 5pm at Marylebone Library.
Bryan Kesselman, who is a composer and musician as well as a writer, will tell his audience more about 'Paddington' Pollaky, Private Detective, The Mysterious Life and Times of the Real Sherlock Holmes.
Who was the Victorian super-sleuth ‘Paddington’ Pollaky? Newspaper accounts detail his work as a private detective in London, his association with The London Society for the Protection of Young Females, his foiling of those involved in sex trafficking, and his tracking down of abducted children.
What was his involvement in the American Civil War? Why did he place cryptic messages in the agony column of The Times? And why were the newspapers so interested in this Hungarian detective and adventurer while the police thoroughly disapproved of him?
Was it Pollaky who provided the inspiration for great literary creations Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes? Come to Bryan’s talk and find out for yourself.
Portsmouth Coppers with Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley
Saturday 4 March 10.30am to 12.30pm, Portsmouth Library PO1 2DX
Authors Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be cross examined by former criminal barrister and crime author Diana Bretherick about why they set their crime novels in Portsmouth and what is it about the waterfront city that holds such fascination for them and their fictional detectives.
Portsmouth Coppers is part of Portsmouth BookFest organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop.
Buy your ticket online, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-bookfest-2017-tickets-29411592866 or by phone 023 9268 8037 or in person from any Portsmouth City Council Library. Tickets cost £8.00
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Golden Age of Crime Weekend at Essex Book Festival
Author Helen Barrell is just one of the choice pick of CWA members due to host Golden Age events on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March
. The venue is the Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea.
Says Helen: ‘I'm hosting the "Criminally Good Afternoon Tea", where I shall try to avoid graphic descriptions of arsenic poisoning symptoms while people eat scones...’. Her teatime chat about real-life stories of poison and panic in the 1840s hints that Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend is going to be for the serious sleuths with strong stomachs! As well as Helen, this year's line-up includes Sophie Hannah who’ll be talking about writing the first Poirot novel since Agatha Christie's death; Frances Fyfield, Jill Paton Walsh and former CWA chair and Detection Club president Simon Brett celebrate the long-lasting legacy of Dorothy L Sayers; debut crime writers join the 'Fresh Blood' panel; there's a Golden Age of Crime Quiz Night; Charles Beck shares insights into Dennis Wheatley's life and work; Sheila Mitchell talks about HRF Keating; and CWA member Isabelle Grey hosts a crime-writing workshop.
Find out more about the weekend's packed programme of events at http://bit.ly/EBFcrime
Granite Noir Crime Fiction in Aberdeen
Granite Noir is Aberdeen’s first book festival dedicated to crime fiction. 'Over three days we’ll explore the enduring appeal of stories that plunge us into the heart of darkness - where morality is ambiguous, motives complicated, and even heroes harbour devastating secrets.'
CWA members presenting panels include Sarah Ward, Doug Johnstone, Gordon J Brown, Quentin Bates, Chris Brookmyre and Elly Griffiths and the enticing titles range from Atmosheric Pressure, Does Evil Exist, Poisoned High Tea, Crimestoppers Turned Crimewriters – not to mention Noir at the Bar.
Other authors participating include Stuart MacBride and Denise Mina.
Nordic Noir plays a main role on the Saturday and there are writing workshops as well as panels. Well worth a weekend's visit!
The dates are Friday 24 - Sunday 26 February.
For more details, and to book, go to: http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir
And at the other end of the country, in March:
A Conference on Crime Fiction, The Landmark Centre, Deal on Saturday 25th March
An entertaining day featuring:
- Best-selling authors speaking on crime fiction in all its forms from dark psychological thrillers through police procedurals to light-hearted romps
- Interactive sessions where you have chance to put your questions to the panel and join in the debate
CWA member Susan Moody is conference host and there are other CWA members taking part including the wonderful Barry Forshaw, Katerina Diamond, Sarah Ward, Susi Holliday, Guy Fraser-Sampson and others!
Tickets are £25 for a fascinating day. Have a look at the programme and put the date in your diary – this is the third year and it’s growing in reputation and popularity, so best buy tickets soon.