Murder, Mystery & Adventure Writing Event

Murder,
Location: Harrogate
Address: The Majestic Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HU. Directions
Event time: 10.30am-7pm
Authors North and our Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group have joined forces to present a day of crime-themed professional development. A fun and relaxed programme aimed at writers in both the adult and children's markets. From cosy crime to true crime - we've got it covered!

All event enquiries to Sophia Jackson.

Don't forget that this professional event is an allowable business expense for tax purposes and the ticket, travel and necessary accommodation costs can be set against your business income whether you are VAT registered or not. All bookings include 20% VAT and you will receive an automated invoice when booking via Eventbrite, but if you are VAT-registered and booking offline you should request a VAT invoice for your records. Download this Guide to Tax Deductible Expenses.

 

Event details

 

EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT £55 FOR THE FULL DAY EVENT, INCLUDING LUNCH AND ALL NON-ALCHOLIC REFRESHMENTS.

 

10.30 REGISTRATION, TEA & COFFEE

11AM WELCOME BY THE CHAIR OF AUTHORS NORTH

11.10-11.55AM OPENING KEYNOTE: ROBIN STEVENS

It Begins With Blyton

Many readers' first experience of crime fiction was Enid Blyton - quickly followed by Agatha Christie. For generations there was nothing much in between but Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew and Emil and the Detectives. Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, talks about how Blyton inspired her, and how there's a hugely exciting space for today’s authors to capture contemporary middle-grade readers in new ways and bridge the gap between Blyton and Christie.

12-12.45PM LESS OBVIOUS TRUTHS 

Factual research in crime fiction

Mark McCrum talks to novelist Chris Morgan Jones about different types of research and how his research inspires his fiction, often with serendipitous consequences. From online investigations through to face-to-face encounters, find out what type of research works best and why it's as much a part of the creative process as the writing. 

 

12.45-2PM NETWORKING LUNCH 

We've programmed plenty of time to catch up with old friends and new. There will be a cash bar if you wish to have a glass of wine over lunch. 

You can also:

  • Browse the bookstall and members' display table
  • Pick up a pencil and get creative doodling your own court-style facial compositions of our speakers, staff or even a self-portrait! Pin your creations to our ‘Wanted’ board and share your images on Instagram and Twitter - just for fun!
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2-3PM MURDER - GETTING IT RIGHT!

Members of the Murder Squad discuss how to get it right in crime fiction. Martin Edwards chats to Ashley Dyer - the pen name of novelist, Margaret Murphy working in consultation with forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Their debut novel, Splinter in the Blood sold in multiple competitive bids across Europe and the US. @AshleyDyer2017 Ashley-Dyer.com

3-3.15PM A FOR ACCOUNTANCY 

Make tax work for you! Expert SoA tax consultant Barry Kernon (HW Fisher) pops in to highlight a few common mistakes that might get you into trouble.

10-minute, 121 sessions with Barry are available for those seeking more personal, in-depth tax advice. Please email us for slots from 10.30am onwards. 

3.15-3.30PM AFTERNOON TEA BREAK

3.30-4.15PM PUBLICITY TRICKS OF THE TRADE

Publishers Katie James (Pan Macmillan) and Crystal Mahey-Morgan (OWN IT!) discuss how to work with your publicist to get you and your title out to the wider world: from coverage in national newspapers, magazines and radio, to the latest digital platforms and everything in between. Chaired by author and publisher, Mark McCrum (Prospero Press).

4.15-5PM INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION

Creating authentic voices for children and young adults

CWIG committee member Curtis Jobling chairs this interactive and informal discussion into how writers create authentic voices and write strong, engaging dialogue and character. Panellists include: Patrice Lawrence, who ensured her multi-prize-winning book Orange Boy, contained authentic youth voices by reading fellow panellist, Robyn Travis's book Prisoner to the Streets. Delegates will be invited to participate in this writing craft discussion.

5-6PM CLOSING KEYNOTE: VASEEM KHAN

It Ends With Inpsector Chopra

How do you create an appealing detective series? How do you move beyond the tropes of detective fiction to engage your agent, editor and readers? What do Michael Connolly, Jefferey Deaver, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin have in common, and what can a writer learn from them? 

Vaseem Khan (Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series), talks about his favourite detectives and how they influence his writing and his creation, Inspector Chopra. This session will be chaired by the Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, Martin Edwards.

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace will be on sale at the bookstall and Vaseem will be signing copies at the end of his talk.

6-7PM MURDER IN THE READING ROOM

Join us for a wonderful summer networking event held jointly between the Crime Writers Association and the SoA. Admission is free and there’s a cash bar. We look forward to seeing as many CWA members as possible – please just turn up from 6pm to mix and mingle and meet old friends and new. 

BOOKING FOR THE DAYTIME PROGRAMME

Member early bird rate: £55* (until 30 June)

Member standard rate: £65* (from 1 July)

Guest rate: £75*

All ticket prices include lunch, unlimited refreshments throughout the day and VAT. 

*Don't forget that this professional event is an allowable business expense for tax purposes and the ticket, travel and necessary accommodation costs can be set against your business income whether you are VAT registered or not. All bookings include 20% VAT and you will receive an automated invoice when booking via Eventbrite, but if you are VAT-registered and booking offline you should request a VAT invoice for your records. Download this Guide to Tax Deductible Expenses.

Book via Eventbrite

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Niel Bushnell (Chair of Authors North) is a children’s author writing fantasy and science-fiction. His first two books, Sorrowline and Timesmith, are published by Andersen Press. You can find Niel on Twitter at @NielBushnell and at nielbushnell.com 
 
 
 
Martin Edwards is consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics series. He writes contemporary whodunits including The Coffin Trail (shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for best crime novel of the year) and his genre study The Golden Age of Murder won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. He is President of the Detection Club and Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and has received the Poirot award for his contribution to the crime genre. His latest novel, Gallows Court, is published this September. martinedwardsbooks.com
 
Katie James is Publicity Director for Pan Macmillan Brand Fiction. She is responsible for positioning new, and growing current, authors within their UK brand publicity strategy. Her clients include David Baldacci, Jane Green, Jessie Keane, Chris Morgan Jones and M R Hall. 
 
 
 
 
Early work on Wallace & Gromit and Mars Attacks! led to Curtis Jobling picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA-winning Bob the Builder. His own animated series, Frankenstein’s Cat and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion can also be seen on the BBC. Although renowned for his work in film & TV, Curtis’s true love has always been writing horror and fantasy for YA audiences. Titles include a series of epic fantasy novels, Wereworld (Penguin), the darkly-comic young adult thrillers: Haunt: Dead Scared and Haunt: Dead Wrong and his new middle-grade novels, Max Helsing: Monster Hunter novels. 
 

Barry Kernon (HW Fisher) is an acknowledged media tax expert, acting for a great many authors and journalists, but also advising many smaller businesses operating in a wide variety of sectors. Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Authors and Privacy International, Barry is an enthusiastic volunteer for Tax Aid.

Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels. He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

Patrice Lawrence's debut YA novel, Orangeboy  was greeted with a critical and prize-winning storm winning the Waterstone's Children's Prize for Older Children's Fiction 2017, The Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017 and shortlisting for 2016 Costa Children's Book Award. Indigo Donut recently Bristol CrimeFest Best Novel for Young Authors is shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2018 and was Book of the Week in The Times, The Observer and The Sunday Times. 

 

Crystal Mahey-Morgan is founder of storytelling lifestyle brand OWN IT! which releases content across books, music, fashion and film. She previously worked at Penguin Random House, Raindance Film Festival and was a freelance writer

 

 

Chris Morgan Jones worked for the world’s largest investigations company for over a decade, and his first three books drew on that experience. His fourth novel, The Good Sister, is published by Pan Macmillan in July. Photo credit: Alexander James. 

 

 

Mark McCrum has written in a variety of genres and his books include the top ten bestsellers Castaway, Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday and Walking with The Wounded. He is now writing crime fiction: The Festival Murders and Cruising to Murder (Severn House). www.markmccrum.com

 
 

Margaret Murphy is a former RLF Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector, past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the Dagger in the Library. 

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, SOCO, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager and has co-authored, and contributed to, professional policing texts. In great demand with crime writers, she is a CWA Non-Fiction Dagger judge, and is Forensic Consultant on both the Vera and Shetland television series. 

Margaret and Helen publish microblogs on writing and forensics on their Facebook page: fb.me/ashleydyernovels  

 

Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life, and today she is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery. Photo Credit: Max von Siebold.

 

Robyn Travis is the author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which both had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across TV, radio and press and reached a wide readership. Mama Can’t Raise No Man was the only book published by a Black British debut male novelist in 2016. He regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations. Robyn is published by OWN IT!

 

THINGS TO DO OVER LUNCH AND THE BREAKS
 
Browse the bookstall provided by Imagined Things Bookshop. All speakers' latest titles will be available from the pop-up bookstall and they will be happy to sign copies during the breaks.
 
  • Display your latest title - bring a copy of your latest book to display on our members’ table.
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  • Take part in our 'Wanted' illustration activity - just for fun! Draw a feature from a delegate (something distinctive such as hair or glasses) and pin your drawing to our 'Wanted' board, a feature at a time. Others can finish it off so that we end up with our own photofit illustration from the day. Whether you're an illustrator or not, have a go! 
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  • Feeling more adventurous? Create your own court-style facial compositions of our speakers, staff or even a self-portrait! Pin your creations to our ‘Wanted’ board and share your images on Instagram and Twitter.
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  • The SoA’s ‘Most-Wanted’ noticeboard will be displayed at our networking drinks session at the end of the day. The creator of the 'most-wanted' image will win their choice of book from our bookstall. There’ll be no tampering with the evidence and our judges cannot be bribed!
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NEED A PARTNER IN CRIME?
If you've never been to an SoA event before, the SoA operates a buddy scheme. Email Anna Ganley and she will pair you up with one of our friendly committee members. 
 

STAYING OVERNIGHT

The Majestic Hotel epitomises everything about the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Surrounded by eight acres of beautiful gardens overlooking the town; The Majestic boasts a stunning Victorian exterior and is complimented by elegant and charming character and a fully equipped Spa and Health Club.

If you wish to make use of the spa facilities at the Majestic Hotel and make a weekend of it, a number of rooms are being held for members. Call the hotel directly on 01423 700 300 to book your room quoting the SoA. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Double bedroom rates (inclusive of VAT):
21/07/18: Double Bedroom, single occupancy: £139 per room
21/07/18: Double Bedroom, double occupancy: £149 per room

PARKING AT THE MAJESTIC HOTEL

Parking capacities: 250
Additional charges: £8 per 24 hours 

GETTING THERE

Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford – 12.4 miles.

Nearest train station: Harrogate – 0.5 miles.

Coming from London? There are lots of trains to Harrogate from London on the Saturday morning, and if you come the night before there are even more options. At the time of checking (5 June 2018), it is possible to leave London King's Cross at 7am and return at 7.15pm for a cost of £55.50 return (including the booking fee). Book early to get the best prices.