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Thrills and Spills

Thrills and Spills

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Ever wondered how crime writers sleep at night? Or where they get the ideas for the villains that terrorise readers? Or why more thrillers are sold than any other book genre? If so, this is the event for you.

Saturday 22nd June. 1.30pm

Best-selling crime writer Dorothy Koomson will host a panel discussion featuring, among others, the novelist, journalist and literary critic Taha Kehar. They'll explore the craft of the crime novel, finding a place in crime fiction as marginalised authors and rewriting the narratives for minority characters.

Dorothy Koomson is a multi-award-winning, internationally best-selling crime writer based in Brighton. Dorothy wrote her first (unpublished) novel at the age of just 13, passing it around to her fellow convent school pupils. She published her first book, The Cupid Effect, in 2003 and her third novel, My Best Friend's Girl (2006) became a best-seller. She now has 16 crime novels to her name and has been described as "Britain's best-selling black author of adult fiction". 

Taha Kehar is a novelist, journalist and literary critic based in Karachi, Pakistan. A law graduate from SOAS, London, he is the author of three novels, Of Rift and Rivalry (2015), Typically Tanya (2018) and his latest, No Funeral for Nazia, published last year. He teaches undergraduate media courses and is planning a novel about male friendships.

 Kuchenga Shenje is a writer, journalist and speaker with work on many media platforms including Gal-Dem, British Vogue and Netflix. She has contributed short stories and essays to several anthologies, most notably It's Okay Not To Feel Blue and Loud Black Girls.

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