My 2018 schedule is still coming together. I’ll be updating this page regularly as new events are added.
February 23, 1pm
Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival
“Making the Leap from Young Adult to Adult Fiction” – I’ll be on this panel with the authors Jo Nadin (The Queen of Bloody Everything), CJ Skuse (Sweetpea) and Rachel Ward (The Cost of Living), discussing what it’s like to write books for adults after years of writing for young adults. Tickets are free, but places are limited so book in advance here. NOTE: This event is now SOLD OUT. Check with the box office for returns.
13 March, 7pm
The Echo Killing Book Launch
Lion and Lamb Yard
Join me as I launch my new series with wine, live music, nibbles, cake and embarrassing speeches. I’ll be signing copies of all my books, and I might bring my dog, Fulcrum. This event is free. More details on the Waterstones Facebook page.
14 April, 4pm
YA Shot Festival
Uxbridge Civic Centre
In conversation with the author AJ Grainger, discussing justice and injustice in YA. How does the real world impact our books? What about happy endings? Buy tickets and learn more on the YA Shot website.
17-18 May, 4pm
I’ll be on two panels at the International Crime Fiction Festival in Bristol. On Thursday 17 May, I’ll be discussing journalism and crime fiction. Why do reporters make such interesting crime writers? On 18 May, I’ll be discussing romance and crime. Will adding a hot cop ruin your novel? Read The Echo Killing to find out. Buy tickets on the CrimeFest Website.
7 June, 7pm
The Poisoned Pen
In conversation with Christine Carbo, author of A Sharp Solitude. I’m looking forward to this event at this legendary bookstore. Find out more on The Poisoned Pen website.
8 June, 7pm
Murder by the Book
In conversation with fabulous crime writer Ruth Ware. We’ll discuss The Echo Killing, and Ruth’s new novel, The Death of Mrs Westaway. Find out why neither of us writes serial killers. What crime is a crime too far? Can’t wait for this event in my old home town! Find out more and buy tickets on the Murder by the Book website.
21 July, 7pm
Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Festival
I’ll be hosting a table at the infamous Author Dinner at the Harrogate Crime Festival this year and solving a murder mystery designed by Lee Child himself! Join us to try and unravel the tangly thriller from the man who invented Jack Reacher. i can’t wait! Get your tickets early on the Harrogate festival website.
6 October, 3:30 pm
Rochester Literature Festival
I’ll be on a panel with Guy Adams and AK Benedict discussing writing in multiple genres. All three of us are crime writers who’ve also written in young adult or fantasy genres (even Dr. Who spin offs). Stay until 5pm to hear Mark Billingham and Lisa Cutts! There are terrific crime writers on panels all day. A full day ticket is £30. Find out more, and buy tickets, here.
2 November, Time TBA
London Short Series Festival
I’ll be on a panel with Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter , and Holly Bourne, bestselling author of How Do You Like Me Now? We’ll be talking about writing female characters. Our panel will range from terrible examples of getting women wrong (featuring the omnipresent male gaze and including ‘No woman would ever do that’, and much, much more). Alongside that, we’ll feature great examples of real, believable female characters we wish could be our friends. In a land of two-dimensional characters, we’re fighting for three. Join us for feminist rage, real advice, hilarity and swearing. Find out more here.
23 February 3:30-5pm
Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival
Weston Museum, Burlington Street, BS23 1 PR
Murder Mystery and Mayhem
What does it take to design a murder? These five top-selling authors know. Between them, they’ve stabbed, shot, and poisoned dozens of characters, earning devoted fans around the world. Join them to find out where their murderous inspiration comes from and how they craft deadly novels. With authors Katerina Diamond (The Teacher; The Secret), CJ Skuse (Sweet Pea; In Bloom), Rachel Ward (The Cost of Living), Christi Daugherty (The Echo Killing), chaired by Joanna Nadin (The Queen of Bloody Everything). Find out more and buy tickets here.