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Crime Story

Crime Story is a unique biennial festival for crime writers and readers from New Writing North and Northumbria University. We commission a fictional crime and invite you to solve it with the help of the professionals.

At a glance

Expert insight

Discover how real criminal investigations work with exclusive access to experts in forensic science, criminology, pathology, policing, law, psychiatry, digital, prisons, mental health, kidnap and extortion and more.

Creative Writing

Take part in creative writing and editing sessions with top writers and editors. Free one-to-one surgeries with industry experts including literary agents and publishers are also available.

High profile authors

Crime Story launched in 2014 with a fictional crime written by Ann Cleeves. In 2016 Paula Hawkins wrote the crime scenario, which we worked to solve throughout the day. The festival closed with an exclusive author event with Paula discussing The Girl on the Train and her fascinating career.

Crime Story is a unique biennial festival from New Writing North and Northumbria University

We bring together crime authors with experts in a wide range of areas of criminology, as well as publishers, editors and agents. This exciting mix of delegates and speakers makes Crime Story an unmissable event for crime writers and readers alike. Throughout the day, experts will take you through the criminal investigation process to inform and inspire your writing and reading. Editors, agents and top writers are also on hand to give an insight into their industry and to lead creative writing sessions.

Get involved

Crime Story festival

Crime Story takes place biennially and the next festival is scheduled for spring 2018. Watch this space for further updates!

Crime writer?

Check out our Mayfly website – we regularly run calls for submissions and competitions for northern crime writers

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“If I’d known how great it would be, I’d have shouted about it a lot more to fellow writers and doubled your attendance figures! Truly was very impressed.”

Crime Story 2014 attendee

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