Noirwich: A New Crime Writing Festival Comes to the Literary City of Norwich

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson


On September 10-14, a new literary festival will come to the already literary city of Norwich, UK: Noirwich, a celebration of noir and crime thriller writing. This festival is a collaboration between the Crime Writers’ Association, University of East Anglia, Waterstones, and the Writers’ Centre Norwich.

The festival will feature five days of readings, discussions, and masterclasses with internationally known crime writers including Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Eva Dolan, and Meg Abbott.

According to the press release, “the crime fiction and thriller market currently represents over a third of the fiction sector [in the UK], making it the largest genre by far. And with one in every three books sold in the UK being a crime novel, the festival aims to showcase this hugely popular literary genre while attracting big audiences at all ten events.”

If you haven’t heard of the city of Norwich, it’s high time you get to know this literary hot-bed, which became England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012. Located in East Anglia, some 100 miles northeast of London, Norwich is home to the Writers Centre of Norwich (which is expanding its programming and international reach), the Worlds Literature Festival (which featured JM Coetzee, John Carey, and others in 2014), and the UK’s first MA program in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Take a look at the festival program and participating authors on the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival website.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.