Whodunnit? Find out at Crime Story

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New Writing North and Northumbria University are pleased to announce Crime Story, our exciting weekend of discussion and workshops for fans and writers of crime fiction. The weekend will focus on a fictional murder that we’ve commissioned from best-selling crime novelist Ann Cleeves in which a woman finds her foster-son dead in a locked room, a blood-splattered picture of an enigmatic woman on the wall and the dubious landlord nowhere to be found. The killer? Well, that’s up to the Crime Story participants.

Crime Story will take place on 31 May-1 June and a host of top crime writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts will walk attendees through the investigation, trial and punishment of the crime. There will be opportunities to participate in the digital autopsy of a computer, find out about ‘life inside’ from Guardian columnist Erwin James or listen to novelist Louise Welsh talking to former Observer crime fiction critic Peter Guttridge. To find out more about Crime Story, and to book your place, go to The first five people to book will receive a free copy of Ann Cleeves’ new novel, Harbour Street.