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Lyme Crime: Friday

Friday 24 June 2022

A three-day festival, Lyme Crime celebrates the best of crime and thriller fiction. In a series of panels and conversations, visitors will hear from the UK’s leading crime authors as well as lawyers and forensic specialists. This year the festival welcomes, among others, Nicci French (the pseudonym of husband-and-wife psychological thriller writers, Nicci Gerard and Sean French), Angela Gallop CBE, one of the country’s most experienced forensic scientists, crime writers Erin Kelly, Harriet Tyce, Kia Abdullah and Fiona Cummins, as well as Home-Secretary-turned-thriller-author, Alan Johnson. The weekend will include Noir at the Bar, an evening in the Marine Theatre bar where crime writers (established, emerging and would-be) will read from their work.

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Starts 10:00 A.M.
Individual Event £12.00
Friday Pass £50.00
Weekend Pass, Early Bird £90.00
Weekend Pass £110.00

10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Tickets available from the Marine (Mondays and Fridays only), Bridport Tourist Information centre, online here, & over the phone on 01308 424901

Booking fee may apply

A three-day festival, Lyme Crime celebrates the best of crime and thriller fiction. In a series of panels and conversations, visitors will hear from the UK’s leading crime authors as well as lawyers and forensic specialists. This year the festival welcomes, among others, Nicci French (the pseudonym of husband-and-wife psychological thriller writers, Nicci Gerard and Sean French), Angela Gallop CBE, one of the country’s most experienced forensic scientists, crime writers Erin Kelly, Harriet Tyce, Kia Abdullah and Fiona Cummins, as well as Home-Secretary-turned-thriller-author, Alan Johnson. The weekend will include Noir at the Bar, an evening in the Marine Theatre bar where crime writers (established, emerging and would-be) will read from their work.

New Blood: three hotly-tipped debut authors and their explosive titles, 10am – 11.30pm 

Twisty thrills in the American Midwest, a murderous twin living a double life, and unexplained disappearances at a former sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. Three debut crime writers discuss their breakthrough books.

Chair: Jack Jordan

Panellists: Tariq Ashkanani, Sarah Bonner and Sarah Pearse 

All our yesterdays, 12pm – 1.30pm

The chilling splendour of 18th century Versailles, the glittering gin shops and bawdy brothels of Georgian London, and the sumptuous palaces and filthy back alleys of Renaissance Florence. Three stars of historical crime fiction invite you to take a trip back in time.   

Chair: Abir Mukherjee

Panellists: Antonia Hodgson, Anna Mazzola and D.V. Bishop

Cream teas and crime scenes, 2.30pm – 4pm

Three authors talk about why the West Country is the perfect setting for a crime novel – and how its soft green valleys and sunlit coves belie a heart of darkness.

Chair: William Shaw

Panellists: Isabel Ashdown, Amanda Jennings and Heidi Perks

Friend or foe?, 4.30pm – 6pm

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer … but what happens when friendships turn toxic and those closest to you become the deadliest of foes? Four thriller writers explore the dark side of personal relationships.

Chair: Lucy Dawson

Panellists: Fiona Cummins, Sarah Hilary, Jack Jordan and Holly Seddon

Partners in crime: special guests Nicci French, 6.30pm – 8pm 

Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, two of crime fiction’s most popular and enduring stars who write together as Nicci French, talk about their collaborative process, inspirations and latest books. 

Chair: Erin Kelly

Speakers: Nicci French