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A Library Festival That Would Be Criminal To Miss!
Friday 5th February, 2010

A TRIO of celebrated crime writers are heading to Wigan and Leigh later this month for a “literary festival of felony”.

Libraries will delve into the dark underbelly of society with a special series of events organised in recognition of one of the borough’s most read genres.

Organiser Carole Ogden from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “We know crime novels are hugely popular in our libraries, so this is a really exciting opportunity for people who enjoy these books to hear from the authors themselves.
“I think crime fiction is popular because, as readers, we’re fixated with trying to unravel the clues and work out who the murderer is long before the end of the book.”

Manchester-based Chris Simms, whose Detective Inspector Jon Spicer series has been described as “thoughtful and exciting crime fiction at its best”, will be at Leigh Library on Tuesday 23 February at 7.30pm where he will be discussing his novels. Two actors will also recreate a scene from his spine chilling book “Savage Moon”. Chris was picked by Waterstones as one of their “25 authors of the future” and is considered one of the best young crime authors around.

Lancashire crime historian Alan Hayhurst will be at Ashton Library on Wednesday 24 February at 7.30pm. He will discuss the Black Museum of Scotland Yard - a famed collection of criminal memorabilia kept at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in London since 1874. The room contains a selection of hangman's nooses including that used to perform the UK's last ever execution and letters allegedly written by Jack The Ripper.

The crime trilogy concludes with David Hewson, Sunday Times columnist and author of a hugely popular series of crime novels set in Italy, who will be appearing at Standish Library on Thursday 25 February at 7.30pm.

David, who has been described as “daunting talent — a writer who is a master stylist”, will be discussing his new novel “The Blue Demon” as well as showing slides from the locations mentioned in the book.

Carole added: “We expect these events to be very popular and I’d urge people to contact the library involved and book early . There will be a small charge for these events.”

For more information visit www.wlct.org or call the library hosting the event.

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