Monday, December 4, 2023

Crime Writing Competition Announced

On Saturday the 21st of May from 10am to 4pm at the Lion Hotel, Belper, there will be a one off ‘Books, Crime & Mystery’ event for those interested in crime writing. Special guest Stephen Booth, who writes the Derbyshire based Cooper & Fry novels, will be speaking at the event.

Admission is free.

In 2000, Stephen’s first published novel, Black Dog, marked the arrival in print of his best known creations – two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry. Black Dog was the named by the London Evening Standard as one of the six best crime novels of the year – the only book on their list written by a British author. In the USA, it won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel and was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Mystery. The second Cooper & Fry novel, Dancing with the Virgins, was shortlisted for the UK’s top crime writing award, the Gold Dagger, and went on to win Stephen a Barry Award for the second year running.

As a multi-award winning crime writer with 15 novels to his name, it will be the perfect chance to meet and learn from someone with decades of experience within the genre.

Would you like to take part?

Do you have an original crime story you want the world to hear? Write it down using no more than 500 words and email it to George Gunby at by the 14th of April. Prizes for the best THREE stories.

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