Forensic Television: From Crime Scene to Courtroom at the @BFI

Saturday, April 18th 2015

(image from Waking the Dead – via BFI website).

I’ve just spotted this on the BFI website and am sure it’ll be of interest to crime fiction and TV fans and, in particular, to those who have visited or are to visit the excellent ‘Forensics’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection:

In conjunction with Wellcome Collection’s free exhibition ‘Forensics: The anatomy of crime’, BFI Southbank presents a special weekend of screenings and events looking at how advances in forensic science have been reflected in TV crime drama, and how factual TV programmes have reported on the world and work of forensic scientists.…

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Day One of #LondonBookFair and Sofa-so-good

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

I have just had one of the busiest and most rewarding days out I can remember.

I’ve walked miles, met friends old and new and done nothing but been absorbed in the world of books for the entire day.

I was a little stunned at the size of some of the furniture there though !

(I think the Alice in Wonderland theme had spread across Olympia in parts).

Really looking forward to the next two days at the fair, but dreading the return to my real job on Friday – so hoping the clock runs really slow until then – don’t want to be running around like that white rabbit!…

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National Flash Fiction Day is on its way…..

Thursday, April 9th 2015

Get ready, get writing…..

27th June will be here before you know it, and there’s words to be done.

All you need to know is right here:

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Saturday, March 21st 2015

There’s always so much stuff going on, it’s hard to keep up, but a couple of things on my radar that I don’t want to miss are the Forensics – The anatomy of Crime exhibition at The Wellcome Foundation in Euston – which is tied to the new non-fiction book by crime supremo Val McDermid, and the exciting and high-octane explosion that the new Mad Max movie promises to be.

Both are firmly on my ever growing ‘to do’ list….…

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#KillerFest15 is on its way ! – From @HarperCollinsUK & @Waterstones

Thursday, March 5th 2015

Okay Crime Fiction fans, here’s what we got so far.

Harper Collins and Waterstones are partnering on a virtual festival on 13th & 14th March 2015.

We don’t have much more than that at the moment, it’s too early to guess at its M.O. or just how many victims there might be already, but they’re sure to have their best working the case already, so we’re hoping to get a break real soon.

For updates on the investigation and developments in the case best you get yourself following #KillerFest15 or, better still, get yourself signed up for the festival right HERE.

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‘It’s time to go monster-slaying. Who’s with me?’ @CR_UK #Cancer #ThamesPathChallenge

Monday, March 2nd 2015

Something I read today made me sad, then it made me angry, then it made me want to do something.

So, I wrote this little piece and, if you want to help, it will be greatly appreciated by those who need it most:

He’d never even met her, so his reasons for the clawing sadness in his gut were confusing to him.
It had to do with the cruel hand that had been dealt, that’s all he could put it down to. It simply wasn’t just, wasn’t right.

Whilst across the world men killed men, men hurt women, men left children damaged – how could it be that a person who didn’t have a single bad bone in her body be snatched away so cruelly?…

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Charlaine Harris drops by – Midnight Crossroad – Thanks to @SophieSFF @gollancz

Wednesday, May 7th 2014


I’m very pleased and honoured to be part of the blog tour for Charlaine Harris and the launch of her new series ‘Midnight Crossroad’.

I had a few questions to ask the author about her work:

KBW: Was anything for Midnight Crossroad from something you had planned or written anything about in the past, or was this a case of sitting at a completely blank screen and making a totally fresh start?

CH: Some of the characters are people I created in past series – some of them from very long ago – but they’re all doing different things now and meeting up in this small Texas town.…

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Tuesday 8th-Thursday 10th April 2014, Earls Court, London


Author HQ is the place at The London Book Fair for established and aspiring authors and there is plenty on offer at this year’s Fair. Launched as a response to increasing interest from the self-publishing community, and sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing, LBF will host a three day seminar programme featuring a fantastic line up of speakers including publishers, authors and agents, who will share their advice and experience on how to get published successfully.


Seminars will cover a whole range of subject areas from advice on how authors can help readers discover their books; the increasing opportunities around publishing short form fiction and non-fiction; contract negotiation and the types of deals first-time authors can expect; through to how to self-publish successfully from the point of view of authors who have already done so; the future of the book in the 21st century; and a session on what book reviewers are looking for, featuring Daily Mail literary editor Sandra Parsons.…

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London Author Fair – Videos of the first LAF

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

If you didn’t get the chance to be at the excellent debut Author Fair in London last month, or you are thinking ahead to the New York Author Fair, there’s a great selection of videos of the day beginning to appear on the London Author Fair website – here’s the LINK – enjoy.


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Dark & Stormy – A New Crime Festival for 2014 !

Friday, March 7th 2014

New UK crime festival DARK & STORMY announces its full May 2014 launch weekend line up – TICKETS ON SALE NOW


Dark & Stormy is a brand new UK crime festival, serving up a wicked selection of book, film, music & theatre events.

We launch in May 2014, in partnership with Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Picturehouse Cinemas.

And we’re thrilled to announce that our launch weekend programme will include authors Peter James, Sophie Hannah, James Naughtie, Natalie Haynes, Stella Rimington, Tony Parsons, Lindsay Davies, Tom Rob Smith & Liam Fox.

They will be appearing as part of an exciting range of discussions and events, including cinema screenings of classic crime movies such as Brighton Rock, introduced by crime genre expert, Barry Forshaw, and Layer Cake, introduced by its screenwriter and author J J Connolly – complete with tea a cake!

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