Broadway and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature have joined forces to revive Nottingham's International Crime, Mystery and Thriller Festival, Shots in the Dark.Capturing the spirit of the original festival Shots in the Dark 2018 presents four days of films, talks, and special events.
In the 1990s Nottingham hosted an international festival for fans of the crime genre. Broadway Cinema organised the festival and called it Shots In The Dark. Britain’s first major crime writing festival came out of Shots and attracted top authors including Sara Paretsky, James Crumley and Evan Hunter (AKA Ed McBain).
Taking place between Thursday 28 June and Sunday 1 July, Shots In The Dark 2018 has a cracking programme of special events which can be viewed in full HERE.
There are a couple of literary themed events with a local connection on the Sunday (1st July) that should appeal to crime writing fans:
AT 2PM:MICHAEL EATON: CHARLIE PEACE – HIS AMAZING LIFE AND ASTOUNDING LEGEND
This illustrated talk charts the evolution of a Sheffield-born Victorian master burglar and murderer from truth to legend, using rare sources and illustrations. From how his crimes were reported in The Illustrated Police News to the growth of the legend and folk hero in Penny Dreadfuls, popular theatre, waxworks and early cinema, this is a fascinating blend of true crime and 19th-century history. Charlie Peace has associations with Nottingham, especially the Narrow Marsh Area.
Michael Eaton, one of Nottingham’s most engaging speakers, is the author of Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend.
The event includes a screening of THE CASE OF CHARLES PEACE (PG), a 1949 film directed by Norman Lee. A biopic of the notorious Victorian burglar who became a killer, while leading a respectable public life until he was held to account for his crimes.
AT 8.15PM:CJ TUDOR IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN BAIRD.
Shots In The Dark are delighted to welcome novelist CJ Tudor whose debut novel sparked a furious bidding war. 'The Chalk Man' is a creepy, claustrophobic thriller about a group of children who get caught up in a dangerous game. CJ Tudor’s love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert. Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, dog walker, radio scriptwriter, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and now author.CJ Tudor will discuss her own novel, the incredible popularity of the psychological thriller, and the kind of novels she reads for inspiration. The author will be in conversation with John Baird from Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Baird is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the editor of Crime Thriller Hound.
Duration: approx. 60mFor more information about these events please visit the Broadway’s website.