Mystery and Illusion: The Art of the Crime Writer

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths hosts a panel of renowned crime authors, Sharon Bolton, Alex Marwood and Denise Mina for a magical evening of writing revelations and criminal disclosures.

Ticket Price includes entertainment from the fabulous Bookshop Band, author signings, book discounts at Joan’s Popup Bookshop, quiz, raffle, complementary cocktail on arrival and a selection of criminally delicious canapes. There will be prizes!

Wordpool’s launch event and annual fundraiser, funds raised will go towards Wordpool’s schools programme. Dress to sparkle after dark. £15 or £13 Library members discount

Buy tickets online through Eventbrite or at Blackpool Central Library

Elly Griffiths’ bestselling series of Ruth Galloway novels feature a forensic archaeologist and are set in Norfolk. She brought Ruth to Blackpool for book 5 in the series, Dying Fall. Elly’s new series of Stephens and Mephisto mysteries is based in 1950s Brighton. She was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award in 2016 and the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2011.

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire. Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of journalist Serena Makesy. She is the author of The Wicked Girls, 2013 which won the prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award and was listed by Stephen King as one of his top ten books of that year. Her second novel The Killer Next Door, won the Macavity Award for best mystery novel in 2015. Both novels have been optioned for the screen. Her latest novel is The Darkest Secret.

Denise Mina is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia “Paddy” Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also recently written 13 issues of the comic book Hellblazer. The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years.


Tomorrow 6pm - 9pm


Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe, Blackpool

West Park Drive , Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 9EQ


£15, or £13 library members


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