The Crime Writers’ Association

Blending Fact & Fiction – panel discussion on historical crime fiction




Dr Emma Darwin, Alex Reeve, Luke Deckard, James Benmore and Bonnie MacBird.

(NB this online event is hosted by the CWA London Chapter but open to all CWA members and members of the public).

Have you ever considered the crime writer as a historian? What about the detective as an archaeologist and or the historian as a detective?

In this panel discussion, Dr Emma Darwin (This Is Not A Book About Charles Darwin, A Secret Alchemy), author Alex Reeve (The Butcher of Berner Street, The Anarchists’ Club), & Luke Deckard (writer & PhD researcher on crime fiction) discuss historical crime fiction. They will explore the author’s role as a historian and detective and the detective’s role as historian and archaeologist. Plus, the genre’s responsibilities to historical accuracy or not, the importance of research, and how the genre blends fact with fiction to examine a unique moment in time, and more!

They will be joined by authors James Benmore (Dodger) and Bonnie MacBird (Art in the Blood, The Devil’s Due) to learn why they chose to write historical crime featuring Dickens’ Dodger and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

There will be time for an audience Q&A with the panellists.

The event takes place at 7.30 pm on 11 Feb 2021, via Zoom.

Tickets are £6 (free for CWA members – contact Admin for a promo code).

Links provided via Eventbrite. Register here

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