Ledbury: Sarah Hilary launches detective writing festival in Ledbury

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A new detective writing festival is coming to Ledbury.

Ledburied will see events featuring top crime perpetrators taking place throughout the year, starting just a few weeks away.

At the inaugural event, award-winning Ledbury author Sarah Hilary will speak with Fiona Cummins (When I Was Ten, Into The Dark) and CM Ewan (The Interview, A Window Breaks) about lasting appeal dark thrillers.

Sarah is also one of the masterminds behind the festival, working alongside Ledbury Books and Maps and Ledbury Places to bring the idea to life.

Sarah, who moved to Ledbury 18 months ago, said: “Crime fiction, in all its forms, is more popular than ever.

“Ledburied will attempt to uncover some of the reasons why, while providing top-notch information and entertainment.

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“We hope it will become a staple in everyone’s calendar.

“Since moving here, I have discovered the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which has been a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. And I’ve been a long time fan of the Hay Festival, just across the border.

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“Planning a crime fest with Ledbury Books and Maps and Ledbury Places seems like a natural next step and is proving to be a lot of fun.”

At the start of the school year, fans of detective novels will be treated to an evening with Mick Herron, author of the spy series Slow Horses, recently adapted into a television series with Gary Oldman.

He will be in conversation with Andrew Taylor, an award-winning detective writer based in the Forest of Dean.

For Halloween, we can expect a Gothic-themed talk with Anna Mazzola (The Clockwork Girl) and local author Lucie McKnight Hardy.

The inaugural event will take place on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Old Grammar School in Church Lane.

This first event is free, but anyone interested in coming please register their interest in Ledbury Books and Maps by phone on 01531 633226 or email [email protected]

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