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Crime Central: A New Crime Club at Central Library!

Crime Central is a new monthly event at Manchester Central Library, featuring the best and brightest crime writing talent both locally and from around the country. Showcasing blockbuster bestsellers, emerging talent and industry insiders, Crime Central will share the real story of what goes on in the crime world. There’ll be giveaways, audience interaction, book signings, the chance to ask questions and more – while bringing a crime fiction buzz back to this great northern city.

Thursday 28 April 6pm. Hosted by Rob Parker.

‘Can writing murder ever really be ‘cosy’? With Janice Hallett, Jonathan Whitelaw and Sean Coleman!

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook’s Hollow and the Audible bestseller Far From The Tree, he enjoys a rural life, writing horrible things between school runs. He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast and the Really, 007! Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

Janice Hallett studied English at UCL and worked as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. After gaining an MA in Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, she co-wrote the feature film Retreat. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was a Sunday Times bestseller, the Sunday Times crime book of the year, and shortlisted for Waterstones book of the year. Her second novel, The Twyford Code, is a Times and Sunday Times bestseller.

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste — with everything in between. His work has appeared in The Sun, Daily Mail, Scotsman, STV and The Scots Magazine as well as numerous international newspapers and websites. He’s also a regular reviewer on the BBC – specifically for arts reviews on The Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland.

Sean Coleman began his writing career as a scriptwriter for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Online. Since then he has written and produced shows for MSN, O2, Sony Pictures International, Fox, the BBC and Channel 4, for which he has won multiple awards. He is also the founder and Publishing Director of Red Dog Press, and is the author of the Alex Ripley mysteries, and the Soho Noir series, writing as T.S. Hunter. Sean lives with his girlfriend and family (including the Red Dogs) on the edge of the Peak District, where they often head out on epic walks.


The next ‘Crime Central’ event will be on Thursday 26 May 6pm. ‘Past, Present, Future’. How ‘time’ in our books is so important, and how we can play with it. More details about the authors attending very soon!

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