Alibis in the Archive: Timetable

An overview of the draft programme for Alibis in the Archive, Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June. Please note timings may change.

Time Chapel Glynne Room
Friday, 8th June
6pm - 6.30pm Registration
6.45pm - 8pm Dinner (in Food for Thought)
8pm - 9.30pm

Ann Cleeves's Shetland & MURDER MYSTERY - Martin Edwards

A short talk about Ann Cleeves’s fiction and her TV success, followed by Ann’s 'Shetland' murder mystery event with prizes! Presented by Martin Edwards.

Saturday, 9th June
9am Registration


Introduction to the Archive

9.30am - 10.15am

The March of the Medical Policeman - Professor James Grieve

Professor James Grieve draws on his lifetime expertise in Forensic Pathology. The March of the Medical Policeman will involve musings on murder and mythology through the millennium and review some old cases.

10.15am - 11am

Underneath the Glitter: The Dark Origins of Golden Age Crime Fiction - Andrew Taylor

This event will look at some real-life murder cases and discuss how they helped to create the climate which enabled British crime fiction to flourish between the Wars. In particular, Andrew will deal with two cases that were distantly connected to his own family (the Moat Farm Murder of 1899 and the 1921 murder of Irene Wilkins) and discuss the impact on some of his own novels.

11am Coffee
11.30am - 12.15pm

Collecting Crime Fiction  - Martin Edwards

Event details TBC.

12.15pm - 1pm

Hidden in Plain Sight: Derbyshire Crime Fiction - Sarah Ward

Derbyshire has a fascinating history as a location in crime novels. From J Sheridan Le Fanu to Val McDermid, writers have drawn inspiration from the county. Sarah Ward, whose own books are set in the Peak District, explores how the diverse landscape of Derbyshire has produced memorable crime fiction.

1pm - 2.15pm Lunch (in Food for Thought)
2.15pm - 3pm

Making Fun of Death and Political Correctness - Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards explains how she recovers from writing seriously about politics, revolution and terrorism by writing satirical crime novels. A firm believer in learning to laugh at everything and a dedicated opponent of fashionable opinions, she will talk about how she chooses her subjects, why she so loves the crime-writing world and its inhabitants, and why she’s never met a fan of her crime novels that she did not like.    

3pm - 3.45pm

Medieval Murder, Mayhem and Magic! - Writing Historical Crime - Michael Jecks

Michael Jecks, the author of 40 historical novels, will talk about life as a modern crime writer who chooses to write about the past. What are the challenges of researching, plotting and writing medieval murder stories, but also what are the benefits of setting crimes in the past? Hear Michael talk about picking the period, finding the characters, choosing the novel’s theme, and trying to avoid the pitfalls, such as how far a horse can travel, where did the roads lead, and where to go for inspiration.

3.45pm - 4.15pm Tea
4.15pm - 5pm

A Crime in Rhyme - Simon Brett

A one-man show in which Simon Brett skewers all the clichés of the Golden Age Whodunit. A terrible crime has been committed at Cranfield Towers, during a weekend house party, whose guests all seem to have guilty secrets in their pasts. The local constabulary are summoned to solve the mystery, but fortunately there is also on hand a polymathic amateur sleuth, along with his chauffeur sidekick. The investigation is full of twists and turns, but eventually the perpetrator is unmasked and, in the comforting, reassuring manner of Golden Age Whodunits, sent to the gallows.

5.15pm - 6pm

Meet the Crime Writers

6.45pm Dinner (in Food for Thought)

Social Time

Sunday 10th June
9.30am - 10.15am

From Lord Peter Wimsey to Steve Arnot and The Line of Duty - Janet Laurence

In the 20s and 30s most crime writing showed how a brilliant amateur detective such as Lord Peter Wimsey or Albert Campion solved cases which had baffled the police. Through the 30s and 40s the fictional police became less bumbling and such writers as Ngaio Marsh with Inspector Alleyn and Josephine Tey with Inspector Grant broke new ground. Then in the 50s and 60s characters such as P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh, Ruth Rendell’s Reg Wexford and Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse emerged and the growth of forensics challenged the amateur detective. With the TV series 'The Line of Duty' it’s not just ‘who did it’ and why, but can a member of the police force be responsible? And for the crime writer is there still a place for the amateur sleuth?   

10.15am - 11am

The British Crime Writing Archives - Martin Edwards

Event details TBC.

11am Coffee
11.30am - 12.15pm

PANEL EVENT with all speakers

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!