Crime writing is immensely popular with the public, yet is often considered lowbrow genre fiction without any merit, certainly not literary. But does the way it’s written actually bear this out?

As part of the Big Book Review, join Dr Aidan Byrne (University of Wolverhampton) in conversation with a panel of contemporary crime writers as they delve into the reputation of the whodunnit. Alongside psychological suspense novelist Holly Seddon (The Hit List) and thriller writer Mark Edwards (The Hollows), he’ll explore the real value of genre fiction, and investigate the booming Northern Irish crime writing scene with Sharon Dempsey (Who Took Eden Mulligan?) and Brian McGilloway (Blood Ties): why is Northern Ireland such a fruitful place for crime fiction?

Byrne will also draw on the Big Book Review’s psychological and computational research to examine ways in which cultural stereotyping results in unconscious biases, arguing that genre fiction often has the same stylistic qualities as so-called ‘pure literature’, and challenging readers to change their reading habits and be mindful of their prejudices.

Come and explore crime fiction in new and exciting ways, and take part in our Big Book Review to tell us what you think really makes a good book.

Date: 5 February

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Online Event

Price: Donation Only

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