Crime and Wine
SIMON BECKETT and ANTONIA HODGSON
“Creating heroes and crime scenarios across the centuries”
Simon Beckett taught English in Spain and played percussion with several bands before becoming a novelist and freelance journalist, writing for the likes of The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, and the Observer. His latest crime novel, featuring his forensic hero David Hunter, The Restless Dead, is set in the Essex marshes.
Antonia Hodgson is the author of the bestselling Tom Hawkins historical crime series, set in the 1720s. The Devil in the Marshalsea won numerous awards and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Its sequel, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 10 mysteries of the year. The latest in the series, A Death at Fountains Abbey, cements Hawkins’ place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction (The Express).
An evening with …
Henry Hemming is the author of five works of non-fiction, including Churchill’s Iceman, published in the US as The Ingenious Mr. Pyke, where it became a New York Times bestseller. HIs latest book, M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster, reveals not just the shadowy world of espionage but a brilliant, enigmatic man at its centre, who is rumoured to be the inspiration for the character of M in the James Bond series.
Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch
Daisy Goodwin is a screenwriter and novelist. Her speciality is the 19th century, where her first two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter are set. Her most recent novel is Victoria, The Story of a Young Queen, which she adapted for television last year. The hit TV series starring Jenna Coleman, was a tremendous success, and Daisy is currently writing the second series, which will be hopefully screened this Autumn.
Each year, Frinton Literary Festival arranges for children’s authors and illustrators to visit all the local primary schools, as well as Tendring Technology College to talk with the students about their work and their books.
This is a service that is provided free by the festival, thanks to the continued support of local sponsors and loyal festival goers.
We hope this helps to promote the love of literature amongst the young people of our community.
This year, we’re pleased and excited to welcome two authors to our school programme:
is a real-life adventurer. He asked for a pair of mountain boots for his tenth birthday and since that point he has never looked back! In his thrilling presentations he introduces us to his life of adventure as an award winning Director/Cameraman for National Geographic TV, Discovery Channel and the BBC.
Recently Matt has been busy writing books to inspire a whole new generation of climbers and explorers. His teen/ya action series ‘Mortal Chaos’ was well received by readers and critics alike and he is now two books into his Carnegie Medal nominated trilogy ‘The Everest Files.’
THIS YEAR”S DATES:
Crime and Wine: Thursday, 12th October 2017
An Evening with … : Friday, 13th October 2017
Literary Lunch: Saturday, 14th October 2017
Afternoon Tea: Sunday, 15th October 2017
Crime and Wine with David Thorne and Clare Mackintosh
David Thorne started his working life in advertising and then moved to writing comedy sketches, gags and scripts for the BBC and Channel Four. In 2010 he moved to Essex and was immediately inspired to write East of Innocence. ‘Whatever you read about Essex, the reality is bigger, louder and more in-your-face. With Range Rovers!’ Daniel Connell the protagonist in David’s hugely acclaimed trilogy could never have existed anywhere else!
Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and now writes full time. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. Clare’s next book, I See You, will be published in July 2016.
STOP PRESS! Clare’s book I Let You Go has won the Theakston’s Best Crime Novel of the Year award!
An evening with Judith Miller
Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world’s leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.
Judith is an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV’s Antiques Trail, and Discovery’s It’s Your Bid. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques, House & Garden and the Daily Telegraph.
After her presentation, Judith will value a selection of antiques and collectables from the audience and sign copies of her latest book Art Deco: The Glamour of the Jazz Age.
Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch with Rosie Thomas
Rosie Thomas has written twenty-two novels and a travel book, drawing widely on her travel experiences.
A keen adventurer for pleasure as well as research, she has climbed in the Alps and Himalayas, driven halfway around the world in a competitive car rally, lived and worked on a tiny research station in Antarctica and explored in Ladakh, Kashmir and Central Asia.
Her latest novel Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists and is set in London after the Great War, when the hard-won freedoms of women were once more in doubt and Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies.