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Talk Literature Matters: Breaking Ground

Literature Matters: Breaking Ground

Val McDermid by Fraser Rice

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Genre: Talk with live subtitling


Two best selling writers reflect on 50 years of crime writing

In a 2015 article for The Guardian, Val McDermid, one of the UK’s most celebrated crime writers, wrote: ‘When people lose trust in politicians, they need to find it elsewhere. Maybe, because they trust writers to tell some kind of truth buried in the fictions, we’re being listened to in a way we rarely have before.’ In this event, Val is joined by Jeanette Winterson to reflect on the ways in which crime fiction has developed over the last half century, how what we read shapes the people we are, and whether we should all be listening more closely to writers. 

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Her latest psychological thriller Broken Ground, which is the fifth in a series of books featuring DCI Karen Pirie, was published in 2018, the same year in which she was one of the Man Booker Prize judges.

Jeanette Winterson is a best-selling, award-winning writer, whose works of fiction and non-fiction include Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, The Gap of Time, The

Stone Gods and the seminal, semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester.

In partnership with The Royal Society of Literature.

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Thu 27 Jun 2019, 7:00pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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British Library
Knowledge Centre
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council