Issue date: 20 March 2001

UWE hosts crime fiction conference ‘Just for the thrill’ - Women in contemporary crime fiction

Saturday 31 March 2001, St Matthias Campus, UWE

Women characters in crime fiction and women crime writers are taking over the genre. Spearheaded by the late Agatha Christie many more writers such as Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid and Kathy Reichs have embraced the genre and now compete on a level playing field with male blockbuster writers like John Grisham and Raymond Chandler.

Hosted by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the West of England ‘Just for the Thrill’ is open to all who love reading crime and detective fiction.

Keynote speakers include writers Val McDermid and Sarah Dunant. Val McDermid is a very prolific writer and well known for the violence and tension of her writing. Her book, ‘The Mermaids Singing’ won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel in 1995. Sarah Dunant is a master of the suspense thriller – women are featured as key characters in her work which cover themes like stalking, disappearance and female relationships.

Tanya Grenfell-Williams, one of the conference organisers, comments on the interesting development of the genre, “We are delighted that we have two such important contemporary women crime writers as well as a significant number of academics contributing to the conference debate. The aim of the conference is to examine the changes that are taking place in the current scene with the recent influx of women writers and readers to crime fiction. We will be looking at how this increase has impacted on the construction of women as victims, perpetrators of crime and detectives within recent crime novels.”

For more information about the conference please contact Tanya Grenfell Williams on
e-mail Tanya.Grenfell-Williams@uwe.ac.uk.


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