Alibis in the Archive: Timetable

An overview of the programme for Alibis in the Archives, Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June.

Time Chapel Glynne Room
Friday, 9th June
6pm - 6.30pm Registration
Dinner 6.45pm - 8pm
8pm - 9.30pm

The Glass Room MURDER MYSTERY - Ann Cleeves

Set at Writers’ House, a fortified farm on the Northumberland coast inside which a group of aspiring authors has gathered for a residential course to learn the art of the crime short story…

Saturday, 10th June
9am Registration


Introduction to the Archives

9.30am - 10.15am

A Fresh Look at Sherlock Holmes - David Stuart Davies

David Stuart Davies presents the story of the great detective Sherlock Holmes along with his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. In a dramatic fashion Davies provides an informative, entertaining and revealing overview of these two fascinating characters.

10.15am - 11am

Publishing Agatha Christie - David Brawn

When William Collins signed up Agatha Christie on 1st January 1924 to write three consecutive novels, little did either of them know that it would begin an author-publisher relationship that would last more than 50 years. David Brawn, Publisher of Agatha Christie for the last 20 years, looks back at those formative years.

11am Coffee
11.30am - 12.15pm

The Detection Club and the CWA: Criminally Good Social Networks  - Martin Edwards

The Detection Club is a legendary dining club for crime writers, founded in 1930 by such luminaries as G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie. The Crime Writers’ Association, founded by John Creasey in 1953, is one of the world’s leading groups for professional writers. Martin Edwards, President of the Club and Chair of the CWA, talks with unique insight about both of them.

12.15pm - 1pm

Vera and Shetland: The World of Television Detectives - Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeve’s novels and short stories have made her one of Britain’s best known crime writers. In this talk about the incidents and people that led to the creation of Ann’s most popular characters, she explores the novels that led to Vera (ITV) and Shetland (BBC).

1pm - 2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm - 3pm

The Secret Poisoner - Linda Stratmann

Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and encapsulated the Victorian age, a time when cause of death was hard to define and it was feared that many murders went unpunished. In this talk, Linda Stratmann describes the murder cases that inspired scientific advances, led to changes in the law, and made celebrities out of forensic toxicologists.

3pm - 3.45pm

The British Library and Detective Fiction - Rob Davies

The British Library Crime Classics have become a word-of-mouth success since the first book was published in 2012. Almost fifty works of British crime fiction have been republished so far, with several becoming bestsellers. Join Rob Davies as he shares the British Library’s unique collection of crime fiction, the rare books they have republished, and novels and authors they will be introducing in future.

3.45pm - 4.15pm Tea
4.15pm - 5pm

Clerical Crime - Kate Charles

Crime novels set in and around churches, cathedrals and monasteries are not a new phenomenon – they are practically as old as the genre itself, and far more numerous than most people imagine. Kate Charles explores the strange affinity between the church and crime, and introduces a variety of sleuthing priests, monks, nuns, ministers and rabbis who populate this sub-genre, from Father Brown to Sidney Chambers.

5.15pm - 6pm

Digging up the Past: Archaeology and Crime Fiction - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis is well known for writing contemporary novels with an historical twist and she will talk about how she uses history and archaeology in her novels and how parallels between past and present inspire her writing. Recently she has published A High Mortality of Doves (the first book in a trilogy set in the aftermath of the First World War) and she will talk about how she became absorbed in a research process that eventually became personal.

6.45pm Dinner

Death at the Dig MURDER MYSTERY - Kate Ellis

Who is responsible for the brutal murder of Professor Digson at the excavation of an Anglo Saxon Chieftain’s grave in 1929? There are four suspects and the audience must play detective to bring the culprit to justice.

Sunday 11th June
9.30am - 10.15am

Ngaio Marsh - Stella Duffy

Based on four chapters and a few pages of notes from the novel in progress that Ngaio Marsh left unwritten in the 1940s, Stella is finishing Marsh’s ‘Money in the Morgue’ to be published in 2018. She will look at the challenges and pleasures of taking on another writers’ characters and style, and consider how much there is to learn by abandoning the ego-focused idea of every writer having their own ‘voice’.

10.15am - 11am

What Next for Crime Classics? - Martin Edwards and Rob Davies

11am Coffee
11.30am - 12.15pm

Crime Fiction, Past and Present - PANEL EVENT

Join a panel of Alibis speakers to chat about all things crime fiction, past and present. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with some of the UK’s best crime writers!