Celebrate National Crime Reading Month this June at Worcestershire Libraries

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Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of crime fiction! As part of National Crime Reading Month, Worcestershire Libraries has curated an impressive array of author talks, online interviews, and writer's workshops that promise to captivate and inspire individuals with a passion for crime literature. 

From gripping author discussions to insightful online interviews, participants will have the opportunity to delve into the minds of celebrated crime fiction writers. Discover the inspiration behind their thrilling narratives, gain exclusive insights into their creative process, and hear first-hand about their experiences in the world of crime writing.

The writer's workshops will offer aspiring crime authors the chance to refine their skills and learn valuable techniques from industry professionals. Whether it's crafting a compelling plot, developing complex characters, or mastering the art of suspense, these workshops will provide invaluable guidance to both emerging and established writers.

Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities at Worcestershire County Council said: Join us throughout June at Worcestershire Libraries for a series of engaging events that will ignite your passion for crime fiction and provide a platform to connect with like-minded individuals. I’d like to thank our library staff members for offering a thrilling programme of events designed to engage crime enthusiasts and both seasoned and budding writers alike.

What’s on: 

Malvern Library: Coffee and Crime Author Panel - Friday 2 June 10:30am - 12:00pm
Join Worcestershire crime authors at this FREE drop in event that will discuss all things crime. 
Join our local crime reading group for this very special event to celebrate National Crime Reading Month.   Led by local crime authors Linda Mather, Duncan Peberdy and Jacquie Rogers, the panel will discuss their own books and experiences as crime authors, plus answer your criminally good questions on a range of crime fiction. Share your own favourites and learn about new authors to try in this informal discussion!  

It’s free to attend and no need to book! Refreshments available from the ‘Book & Cup’ Café.

The Hive: Crime Writing Workshop ‘Writing Villains’ - Sunday 4 June 10:30am -12:30pm
Find your inner villain! Join local crime and psychological thriller writer, Charlotte Barnes, as she talks all things dastardly and downright evil when it comes to making the "baddy" character in your crime. In this 2-hour workshop, attendees will cover topics such as voice, motive and character design, and the ways in which these things can be tied together to make a villain your readers will love to hate. 

Held at The Hive, places are £3.00 per person and you can book your place via The Hive website.

Warndon Library: Reading Crime Fiction - Tuesday 6 June 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join our local crime reading group for this very special event to celebrate National Crime Reading Month.   Led by local crime author Linda Mather, the group will discuss the range of fiction available in this genre covering various examples from areas such as psychological thrillers, 'cosy' crime, historical crime, Scandi noir and classic crime.  You’ll be able to share your own favourites and learn about new authors to try in this informal discussion!  

It’s free to attend and no need to book! Refreshments available.

Online: In Conversation with Bestselling Crime Author Angela Marsons - Friday 9 June 11:00am - 12:00pm
For avid Crime fans, this author needs no introduction! But for those new to the genre - Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone crime thriller series.   Her books have sold more than 5 million in 7 years and have been translated into 30 languages. 

Angela will be discussing what it takes to write a best-selling series, and sharing her journey into writing with Kim Nash, writer, book blogger and publicity director at Angela’s publishers ‘Bookouture’.  

This event will be held online, and you can book your FREE place on the Eventbrite website!

Redditch Library: Crime Thrillers Author event with Anthony Etherington – Tuesday 20 June – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
If you are drawn to crime thrillers, then this ‘meet the author’ event is for you. Anthony Etherington will be sharing his thoughts on writing a thriller filled with tension and a sci-fi twist.  
Anthony has written several short screenplays and teleplay pilots as well as three feature-length dramas. One of these, Yellow Dragon and the Red Fox, won Best Screenplay awards at the European Independent Film Festival and The International Film Festival of Wales in 2014. Europia is his debut novel.

It’s free to attend and no need to book!

Redditch Library: Crime Author Talk: Natalie Marlow, author of 'Needless Alley' - Saturday 24 June 11:00am – 12:30pm
Join us in discussion with debut novelist, Natalie Marlow, who has created a gritty private detective embroiled in the seedier aspects of society. Needless Alley is a crime noir that brings 1930s Birmingham to life in all its dark glory. It is the first in a new series of detective novels and introduces us to a cast that are impossible to forget. For those familiar with Birmingham, there are locations you will recognise - alongside characters you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley!
Natalie Marlow is an historical novelist with a fascination for the people and landscapes of the Midlands. Much of her writing takes inspiration from the stories her grandparents told. 

This event is free to attend and you can book via Eventbrite, or in-person in Redditch Library.