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2019 Festival

The Midland Hotel : 28th & 29th September 2019

Our first year at the iconic Midland Hotel and what a year we have in store for you!

Click the panel titles to be taken to a separate page with more details on the panel topic and guests. You can navigate back here again via the main menu at the top of the page.

There will be a 15-minute break after each panel where you can purchase books from the authors and guests you've just seen at the dedicated festival book store, provided by Waterstones.

Saturday 28th

9am - 9.30am


9.30am - 9.45am


Ben Cooper-Muir & Tom Fisher

9.45am - 10.30am

What's The Worst That Could Happen

Crime & Thrillers in an Apocalyptic setting with Lesley Kelly, Ceri Lowe,

& Matt Brolly. Moderated by Tom Fisher

10.45am - 11.30am

Let Them Lead The Way

Children's & YA Crime with

Nicki Thornton, Sarah Todd Taylor

& Sharna Jackson. 

Moderated by Anne Coates

11.45am - 12.30pm

Discussing Dyslexia

Fleur Hitchcock, Jane Elson, Jennie Finch

Participating Moderator : Margaret Murphy

12.45pm - 1.30pm


1.30pm - 2.15pm

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

What can crime fiction tell us about the way works? Academics Mary Evans, Hazel Johnstone and Sarah Moore discuss with crime writers William Shaw & Gytha Lodge

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Partners in Crime

Robert Daws and Adam Croft

bring their crime fiction podcast direct to the festival

3.30pm - 4.15pm

in Conversation With

Lin Anderson

the best selling author discusses her life and career with debut author Noelle Holten

sunday 29th

9am - 9.30am


9.30am - 10.15am

Festival of Festivals

Festival organisers discuss what led them to partake in such insanity.

Bob McDevitt, Quentin Bates, Dr Jacky Collins, SJ Bradley. Moderator : Ben Cooper-Muir

10.30am - 11.15am

Winner Winner

Prize winning authors meet to discuss the pros and cons of their wins.

Robertt Scragg, Rachel Sargeant,

Alison Belsham & Margaret Kirk

11.30am - 12.15pm


12.15pm - 1.00pm

Til Death Do Us Part

What's it like being in a relationship with another Crime Writer?

Nicola Upson & Mandy Morton 

Interviewer : Graham Smith

1.15pm - 2.00pm

Femme Fatales

The title says it all really!

Eileen Wharton, Danielle Ramsey,

Sheila Quigley, KA Richardson

Moderator : Dr Jacky Collins

2.15pm - 3.00pm

Let's Talk : Mental Health

Mental Health in Crime Fiction and how Crime fiction can help with Mental Health

Dr Liz Brewster, Dr Chris Merritt

Participating Moderator : Barbara Nadel

3.30pm - 4.15pm

in Conversation With

Professor Dame Sue Black

The anthropologist, academic and author discusses her life and work

with Ben Cooper-Muir


Please note : The Events listed below are not part of the main programme and are not included in the weekend or day pass prices. Tickets for these events must be purchased separately. 

The Polari Salon

Friday 27th September

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe


 Paul Burston, Lesley Thomson, 

Derek Farrell, 𝕃𝕚𝕝𝕛𝕒 Sigurðardóttir

London's award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to Morecambe & Vice as part of the Polari Prize Tour, funded by Arts Council England. Founded in 2007, Polari is curated and hosted by crime writer Paul Burston and features guest authors, poets and spoken performers showcasing their work. Think literary cabaret and you won't go far wrong. Based at London's Southbank Centre, Polari also tours regularly - though this is the salon's first visit to Morecambe. This special crime-themed event will feature the best in established and emerging LGBT+ literary talent, including writers associated with The Polari First Book, founded in 2011 to celebrate debut books which explore the LGBT+ experience. 

For more background on Polari and the book prize go to polarisalon or follow us on Twitter @polarisalon 

Tickets £6.00

More Info Call : 01524 424000

Riddle at Casino Royale

Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday 28th September

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Presented by After Dark Murder Mystery Events

It's time to be both shaken and stirred as you join the super secret agents from MI4 on a mission to Montenegro to uncover a Spectre agent and steal the Maguffin Microchip from a Russian Spy.


Will you use your license to thrill to solve this crime or when the chips are down will you be scuppered by the double talk and double agents?

To book Call

 01524 424000