Introducing our Noirwich blogger-in-residence
Jamie Bernthal

The countdown to Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has begun! With over 20 headline and fringe events taking place across the city, it’s the biggest and bloodiest festival yet.

Our blogger-in-residence for the weekend is Jamie Bernthal, a private researcher for the bestselling crime novelist  

I’m counting down the days until a packed weekend centered on my favourite thing: crime writing. What makes Noirwich different is the sheer breadth of crime writers making appearances and the chance to get involved, with workshops and fringe events. My blogging-in-residence will kick off on Thursday 15 September, or Day Two of panel events. And we’re jumping straight in with some very big names.

 brings James Bond (back?) to Norfolk, discussing his series of Young Bond novels with UEA’s Matthew Woodcock. I’m fascinated by the many approaches out there to writing other people’s characters … and how exactly do you balance it with writing about your own series character? The extra dimension of taking on Bond as a young person – and for young readers – is something I can’t wait to see under the microscope.

On the same night we get to see crime fiction royalty. Ian Rankin will commence his new visiting professorship at UEA and mark the thirtieth anniversary of his iconic creation, the troubled Scottish now-ex-policeman, John Rebus. I need to know everything about the new Rebus novel, Rather Be the Devil, out in November. Long story short, it’s Ian Rankin – it’s important.

I need to know everything about the new Rebus novel, Rather Be the Devil

There’ll be more giants of crime fiction taking the spotlight. 

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