The following is a copy of the various entries from the programme for this year, identifying the crime and thriller fiction authors. It’s a pretty impressive line up and Friday 3 June appears to be a very good day to be visiting. Some other events of interest follow at the bottom of this post.
Sat 28 May
11.30AM ELMLEY FOUNDATION THEATRE £5
Martina Cole talks to Erwin James
The undisputed queen of gangland fiction discusses her manor and her latest novel The Family.
1PM ELMLEY FOUNDATION THEATRE £5
Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett
Fictions: Women’s Lives
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prizewinner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.
2.30PM SKY ARTS STUDIO £5
Jeffery Deaver talks to Stephanie Merritt
The superstar American thriller-writer launches his contemporary James Bond novel, and discusses his relationship with Ian Fleming and his iconic hero.
8.30PM OXFAM STAGE £10
Henning Mankell talks to Sarah Crompton
The Swedish theatre director, AIDS campaigner and creator of Wallander discusses his work and his experiences a year ago on the Flotilla to Gaza with The Telegraph Arts Editor.
Mon 30 May
10AM, STARLIGHT STAGE, £4
The Last Dragon Slayer
The creator of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey introduces the first in a new trilogy fizzing with energy and dry-humour.
11.30AM–1PM SUMMER HOUSE £5
Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman
Fictions: What’s Secret Now?
Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.
Wed 1 June
11.30AM, ELMLEY FOUNDATION THEATRE, £4
A strange novel for strange young people. Is that you? Connolly invites us in to witness the coming of a sequel to the demonically dark The Gates.
Fri 3 June
2.30PM ELMLEY FOUNDATION THEATRE£5
Phil Rickman, Belinda Bauer, Elly Griffiths
Rural Noir: Down these mean lanes
Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series is one of the great treasures of contemporary crime fiction set in the Border Country. Bauer’s Exmoor thriller Blacklands won the CWA Gold Dagger. Griffiths’ forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway goes down the mean lanes of Norfolk. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
3.45PM BARCLAYS WEALTH PAVILION £7
Alexander McCall Smith talks to Anne Robinson
A Conspiracy of Friends
The prolific, witty and endlessly inventive author discusses his career and the third in his Corduroy Mansions series of novels.
5.15PM OXFAM STAGE £6
Eoin Colfer and Mark Billingham
The old pro crime master, creator of the DI Thorne series, discusses the dark side with the ingenious creator of Artemis Fowl, who launches his first adult crime novel Plugged.
6.30PM SKY ARTS STUDIO £5
Christopher Brookmyre, Philip Kerr and MR Hall talk to Marcel Berlins
Fictions: Crimes and Misdemeanors
Brookmyre’s latest Glaswegian crime satire is Where The Bodies Are Buried. Kerr’s seventh Bernie Gunther thriller is set in Cuba, a Soviet POW camp, Paris and Berlin of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Hall is the creator of the coroner Jenny Cooper and has written for Judge John Deed and Kavanagh QC.
9.30PM SKY ARTS STUDIO £6
Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.
Other events of interest:
I have included these as I may speak to them on twitter (in which case the ID is noted), or I may have read the novel (Deborah Kay Davies), or I admire their work (Harriet Walter).
Mon 30 May
2.30PM SUMMER HOUSE £4
The Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking
Scandilicious treats. The young chef is steeped in Scandinavian traditions and modern British cuisine, having worked for Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck at Bray.
Tues 31 May
2.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £6
Harriet Walter talks to Rosie Boycott
The actor and photographer shows and discusses her portraits – Reflections on the Images of Older Women.
2.30PM ELMLEY FOUNDATION THEATRE £5
Anne Wareham talks to Tim Richardson
The Bad Tempered Gardener
The story of the Veddw, the iconoclastic Monmouthshire garden she created with her husband Charles Hawes, and her provocative, anti-establishment opinions about gardening, aesthetics and conservation.
Sat 4 June
11.30AM SUMMER HOUSE £4
Deborah Kay Davies and Tahmina Anam talk to Ariane Koek
True Things About Me is a novel about a woman, about risk and sex and survival. The Good Muslim is a family love story set in Bangladesh and explores the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.