The Crime Writers’ Association

Crime Fiction: Past, Present, and Future with Simon Brett


Part of the Open Centre and Online CI Public Talks collection

In conversation with OU’s Bill Alder, detective fiction author Simon Brett will discuss crime fiction’s past, present and future.

Please join us on Wednesday 17 April from 13:00-14:00pm (UK time) when we will be delighted to welcome Simon Brett OBE, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of over one hundred published books.

About the talk

Crime fiction is the most popular literary genre in Europe today. In conversation with the Open University’s Bill Alder, author Simon Brett will lead us on a journey of discovery of crime fiction’s past, present and future.

He will share his thoughts on different types of crime fiction from the “golden age” mystery to the “hardboiled” thriller, from the “police procedural” to “cosy crime”, looking at different types of plots, detectives and approaches, and reflecting on the growing influence of non-Anglophone crime fiction from the latter years of the twentieth century to the present.

About the speaker

Simon Brett is a British author of detective fiction, a playwright, and a producer-writer for television and radio. He is best known for his mystery series featuring Charles Paris, Mrs. Pargeter, Fethering, and Blotto & Twinks. His radio credits have included The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute, and a number of his Charles Paris stories have been adapted for BBC radio, featuring the acclaimed actor Bill Nighy. Simon Brett is a former President of the Detection Club and a recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger award.

The talk, which is part of the launch of the Open University’s new Introduction to European Crime Fiction course, will be held online via Microsoft Teams. Please contact for the link.

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