Birnam Book Festival: Lives of Crime with Douglas Skelton and Martin Edwards


Join bestselling author Fiona Valpy as she sits down with Martin Edwards and Douglas Skelton to discuss crime writing and what it means to create fiction and non-fiction in this genre.

Martin Edwards is a member of the ‘Murder Squad’ collective of crime writers, and became the longest-serving Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) since its founder John Creasey. In 2015 he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club; his predecessors include G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie. He is Archivist of the CWA and of the Detection Club, and serves as a consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics. His latest installment of the Lake District Mysteries, ‘The Crooked Shore’ is out now.

Douglas Skelton is a crime writer who specialises in fiction and non-fiction from the darker side of our world. His non-fiction charts the true-life exploits of murderers, criminals and cause celebres. The settings for his crime fiction range from the tough street of Glasgow to the wildness of the Scottish Highlands.

Chair: Fiona Valpy is a bestselling author of Contemporary and Historical Fiction whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Dunkeld and is a Patron of the Birnam Book Festival.

Date: Sunday 22nd May
Time: 3pm-4.30pm
Venue: Birnam Arts Main Hall
Cost: £10

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Sunday 22 May 2022
Birnam Arts Main Hall, Birnam. United Kingdom