Event

First Offenders

Saturday 14 September
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10.30 - 11.30am
£9 / £8 conc / £6 student

with Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and Kate Weinberg

A Gothic murder mystery set in Georgian London, a charming TV personality with a suspicious past and a shocking tragedy at a university campus…discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing. Emerging crime superstars Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and Kate Weinberg will reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.

Part of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival


About the writers

Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years in Cayman, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She studied Creative Writing at Cambridge University, winning the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize, and began to write a book inspired by the idea of ‘writing a Gothic novel where the heroine looked like me’. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton@mrsjaneymac

‘Dazzlingly original’ – The Times

‘From Charlotte Brontë through Sarah Waters, Alias Grace and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, The Confessions of Frannie Langton draws on a wealth of literary influences’ – Observer

Image (c) Justine Stoddart

Nicola Rayner was born in Abergavenny, South Wales, and works as a freelance journalist, specialising in dance and travel. She studied Classics at the University of Oxford and has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. The Girl Before You, her debut novel, was runner-up in the Cheltenham First Novel Competition in 2018. She lives in London with her husband and Jack Russell. @Nico1aRayner

‘The new Girl on the Train’ – Observer

Kate Weinberg was born and lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and creative writing in East Anglia. She has worked as a slush pile reader, a bookshop assistant, a journalist and a ghostwriter. The Truants is her first novel.

‘Entirely gripping … Combines the best elements of a crime thriller, a campus novel, a love story and a psychological study’ – Alain de Botton

‘Kate’s writing is like a wickedly brilliant Donna Tartt, Agatha Christie and Liane Moriarty all mixed into one.’ – Scarlett Curtis

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with Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and Kate Weinberg A Gothic murder mystery set in Georgian London, a charming TV personality with a suspicious past and a shocking tragedy at a university campus…discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut novels in crime writing. Emerging crime superstars Sara Collins, Nicola Rayner and […]

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