Bewdley Festival - 2019 | 11th October to 20th October     

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Bewdley Festival Summer Events 2019

CRIME FICTION DAY – Saturday 8th June

The Bewdley Festival Literary Events team welcomes two of the country’s best known and admired crime writers to St. George’s Hall, Bewdley. Vaseem Khan and Mark Billingham.

4:00 pm HOW TO WRITE A BESTSELLING CRIME NOVEL IN 10 EASY STEPS - A Crime Writing Workshop led by Vaseem Khan. This workshop has limited spaces so please book early to avoid disappointment.

In this session Vaseem will lay out the basics of how to go from a story idea to a complete crime novel. He will briefly discuss how to structure your work, how to create believable characters, how to use location, and the importance of a great hook for your plot. He will also touch on the ins and outs of the modern publishing industry.

The workshop will be facilitated by Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series. Vaseem wrote six novels over 23 years – all rejected. He was finally published in 2015, and his Times-bestselling creation Inspector Ashwin Chopra and his baby elephant sidekick, have gone on to be published in 12 languages around the world.

7:00 pm AN EVENING WITH VASEEM KHAN and MARK BILLINGHAM - two of the Times Top Ten Best Selling writers of crime fiction.

7:00 pm: Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

In this session author Vaseem Khan will take readers on a journey from the days of the Raj to the heart of modern India, a colourful and conflicted environment of vast new wealth and historical problems.

Vaseem will explore the background to his Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels, exploring the realities of life in a country being transformed by unprecedented global change. He will also answer the intriguing question: how do you fit an elephant into a crime story?

8:30 pm: Mark Billingham

Our second featured writer is the amazing Mark Billingham who became the first crime writer to win the prestigious Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice when his novel Death Message won in 2009.

His novels featuring the formidable Inspector Tom Thorne have been televised and he has enjoyed being in the Times Top Ten bestseller list on a number of occasions. In December 2009 his novel Sleepyhead was listed as one of the 100 novels that shaped the decade and was chosen as one of the titles for World Book Night in 2011.

Mark will give a presentation that covers the highlights of his career so far and offers insights into character creation and crime fiction as his favoured genre.

Tickets for the day are:

Writers Workshop with Vaseem Khan - £15 (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm)

An Evening with Vaseem Khan and Mark Billingham - £15 (Vaseem Khan at 7:00 pm - Mark Billingham at 8:30 pm)

These available from the website by clicking on this link or from St George's Hall café:

We very much hope you will join us for this incredible feast of crime fiction.

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