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There’s been a murder… The detective arrives at the crime scene in their sandy overcoat, ducks under the police cordon tape to examine the crime scene and prods potential evidence with their pen, whilst crouching down and looking wistfully in the distance. Right? Well not quite, and thanks to Crime Story 2020, you’ll be able to separate facts from fiction with a series of events at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, featuring esteemed crime writers discussing topical issues that often come up in crime fiction alongside crime experts.

The writers taking part include AA Dhand (29 February), Oliver Harris and Judith O’Reilly (28 March) and Jessica Moor and Mim Skinner (25 April), who will be paired with experts from various fields, including DS Mick Paterson, who has been a Detective in Northumbria police for 30 years and now heads up the Complex Cases Unit; Dr Nicci MacLeod, a forensic linguist, who has written on women in the criminal justice system; Professor Mike Rowe, a criminologist who specialises in policing culture and reforms; and Professor Lars Holmquist, a fellow Northumbria University academic and an internationally-leading researcher in human-computer interaction. Between them, they will offer unique insight into how modern issues from the ‘beautiful dead girl’ trope to racism in the police force are dealt with in real life.

The event, which has taken place three times previously, is presented in partnership by New Writing North and the Institute of Humanities, Northumbria University, with support from BBC Newcastle. A podcast inspired by Crime Story will feature on BBC Sounds in Summer 2020.

Katy Shaw, Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University, adds, “Crime Story unites research excellence from across our university – in Literature and Creative Writing, Criminology, AI and Policing Studies – to offer innovative approaches to the ways in which writers craft the crimes of our times. The involvement of BBC Sounds means that audience members at our live events will have the opportunity to take part in something that reaches far beyond the realms of the region, and taps into global issues of crime and technology today.”


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