Jill Dawson and Trevor Wood in conversation
Celebrating 50 years of creative writing at UEA
Celebrating 50 years of UEA’s Creative Writing programme and the outstanding alumni, faculty and fellows who have gone on to shape the literary landscape of the UK and beyond. Jill Dawson, award-winning author of The Language of Birds and The Crime Writer, will be joined by acclaimed debut novelist Trevor Wood for an exploration of their crime novels and the process behind their writing. Jill was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Creative Writing Fellow at UEA and Trevor is a graduate of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). Their discussion will be chaired by Henry Sutton, Director of Creative Writing at UEA and convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction).
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About the writers
Jill Dawson’s new novel The Language of Birds tells the story of the nanny at the centre of the Lord Lucan story. She is the author of ten novels including The Crime Writer (which won the East Anglian Book of the year) and Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize). In 2003 she was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at UEA then later the Creative Writing Fellow; she went on to teach on the BA in Creative Writing and the MA 2004-6. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Costa judge this year and currently runs Gold Dust Mentoring, a scheme for new writers. She lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens. @JDawsonwriter
‘Every detail is perfect, from children’s toys to mealtimes . . . it’s impossible to tire of Mandy, or of Neville, the West Indian man with whom she falls in love’ – Rachel Cooke, Observer on The Language of Birds
‘An ingenious concept . . . Dawson can be applauded for her passionate immersion in her subject, and for creating a novel as dark and odd as the subject herself.’ – Joanna Briscoe, Guardian on The Crime Writer
Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for twenty-five years and considers himself an adopted Geordie. He’s a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for sixteen years. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA. His first novel The Man on the Street was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger. @TrevorWoodWrite
‘Fresh, original, authentic and gritty – should be an instant classic’ – Lee Child on The Man on the Street
‘What more do you want from a debut than a unique protagonist and a cracking plotline? A smart, thought-provoking crime read with bags of heart and humanity’ – Mari Hannah