The world of crime collides with the world of music as our afternoon of entertainment-based panels kicks off. our panelists discuss their backgrounds in the industy and what music can invoke in their work.
Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. His latest crime novel, ‘The Dead Can't Talk’, is published by Caffeine Nights. A prolific short story writer, Nick's work has appeared in various volumes of ‘The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime’ alongside the genre's most respected names. In 2011, Nick became the first person to hold the role of Writer in Residence at Hull Kingston Rovers, contributing sports-based fiction to the match day programme and assisting with the club's literacy programme. Nick has also worked as Writer in Residence with the National Railway Museum, assisting with the ‘Mystery on the Rails’ season.
Nick is also co-founder of Hull Noir, which formed part of the official UK City of Culture programme in 2017.
William Shaw is the author of the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives, A Book of Scars and Sympathy for the Devil; and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He is writing a new crime series starring the character DS Alexandra Cupidi from The Birdwatcher, the first of which is Salt Lane. He has worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.
You can find out more about William by following him on Twitter -@william1shaw
Joe Thomas is a visiting lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, he lived and taught in São Paulo for ten years. Gringa, his latest novel, is the second book to feature detective Mario Leme. The first, Paradise City, was published by Arcadia in 2017.
Joe is represented by Arcadia Books and Janklow UK.
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Alan Parks was born in Scotland and attended the University of Glasgow where he was awarded a M.A. in Moral Philosophy. He still lives and works in the city. He has spent most of his working life in music. From cover artwork to videos to photo sessions, he created groundbreaking campaigns for a wide range of artists including All Saints, New Order, The Streets, Gnarls Barkley and CeeLo Green. He was also Managing Director of 679 Recordings. Bloody January is his debut novel.
You can find out more about Alan Parks by following him on Twitter - @AlanJParks