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11th to 15th October 2017

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Deadlier than the Male?

Featuring four of the nation’s top crime writers and refereed by Dave Sivers, this is a panel debate to “murder” all others. Join the Crime Writers and decide for yourself

- but don’t turn your back!!

Saturday 14th October 4.30pm : Town Hall : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)

In a first for TAL, four Oxfordshire-based crime writers debate gender in terms of their approach to crime writing in the ultimate battle of the sexes.  Do women write the creepiest, most gripping crime fiction? Or do men understand the innermost fears of the ‘gentler’ sex better than they do themselves? Will women writers wade in the darkest and grimiest of waters or if you want a really scary story, do you have to leave it to the boys?

Come along and decide who will prove deadlier! Your host will be Dave Sivers, whose books include the popular Archer and Baines series. Dave will ensure that they all keep it clean …..

Fighting the mens’ corner:

Mick Herron’s novels include the Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series about a bunch of messed-up spies. His work has been nominated for the Theakstons, Macavity, Barry and Shamus awards and his standalone novel Nobody Walks was shortlisted for the Steel Dagger. His latest book is Spook Street.

Harry Bingham is an entrepreneur and author of the hugely successful Fiona Griffiths series. He is also the founder of The Writers’ Workshop and The Word Cloud and his latest book is The Deepest Grave. When he is not engrossed in the world of crime, Harry can usually be found in his garden whenever possible.

And for the girls:

Sharon Bolton is the author of ten books and is a Sunday Times bestselling writer who has been described by that paper as being “unable to write a sentence not suffused with menace”. She lives just outside Thame with her family of four including a food-stealing, rabbit-chasing lurcher.

Cal Moriarty is the creator and author of the Wonderland series, the first of which, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax, was described by The Times as a “total wow of a debut. Superb.” It was also named as a Crime Novel of the Year by the Financial Times. Cal is currently writing the second novel in the Wonderland series and is pushing through pre-production on her debut feature as writer-director.

The Oxford Chapter of the Crime Writers’ Association