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Last year crime fiction overtook 'general and literary fiction' to become the UK's bestselling genre.

What is it about crime writing that readers find so appealing?

In this workshop we will look at how modern crime novels use - and cleverly subvert - universal story dynamics to entertaining effect. To put it another way: how does a Jo Nesbo novel share the same 'story DNA' as a Shakespeare play? Why can it be argued that Gillian Flynn's thriller Gone Girl and the romantic comedy Notting Hill tell (almost) the same tale?

The workshop will be led by Tim Glencross, author of Barbarians and Days of the Dead and one of our Creative Writing tutors here at ICE.

Complement your workshop with a thrilling outdoor theatre experience, courtesy of the Chapterhouse Theatre company's production of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Homes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

Book for the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and receive a discount code towards the cost of this workshop.

Otherwise tickets £15.00.


ICE Summer Festival

This event is part of the ICE Summer Festival at Madingley Hall

Event date

Sunday, 17 June, 2018 - 13:30


Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ