Words Weekend 2019
Amer Anwar, Fiona Cummins, Mari Hannah, Trevor Wood: The Perfect Crime Panel
Join us and five leaders of the genre to discuss the secrets of writing the Perfect Crime novel… Hannah is better placed than most to understand writing a brilliant police procedural – a former probation officer, her career was cut short by an assault whilst on duty, which is when she turned to writing. She lives in rural Northumbria with her partner, an ex- murder detective. Her novels include the Stone & Oliver series, and her Kate Daniels series has been optioned by Stephen Fry’s production company. Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Her first two books “Rattle” & “The Collector” were devoured by fans of creepy serial killer murder tales. Her latest stand alone novel “The Neighbour” has been described as “superbly sinister”. Trevor Wood is one half of a North East based playwrighting duo who with his partner Ed Waugh have seen eight of their plays become hugely successful hits playing to packed houses nationally and internationally. His first crime novel “The Man on the Street” is published next year. Amer Anwar has been described as “the authentic voice of Brit Asian Noir” with his gritty and compelling debut novel “Brothers in Blood” making the Times Crimes Books of the Year list
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]