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Look who’s coming to the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival this month. Here is just a selection . . . Festival dates Sept 23 -26
A Conversation in Crime
On Saturday night two very different and hugely popular crime writers, William Shaw and Nicola Upson, will be talking about their very different style of crime novels. Nicola Upson’s series of novels feature Josephine Tey who in real life was a noted writer of detective novels herself, and draw on all the conventions the ‘Golden Age’ writers. William Shaw’s novels are far grittier which are set in the 1960’s London Underworld and in contemporary Dungeness.
Both novelists, however, are committed to sound research and through their books detect something bigger
about the world. This promises
to be a fascinating evening of conversation between two authors at the top of their game.
Francis Young
Dr Francis Young is a well known historian with a particular interest in Counter-Reformation culture and popular religion (including magic and the supernatural) in England. He is also an expert on St Edmund whose body, Francis believes, lies under the glorious Abbey Gardens possibly under the site of the old tennis courts. He sets out his theories in Edmund In search of England's lost King. Francis is an entertaining speaker as well as being a knowledgeable one. Following Simon Edge’s appearance at the Festival talking about his satirical novel Anyone for Edmund (in which Edmund’s body is indeed found), Francis will talk about the real Edmund and his cult both here in England and in Ireland and France.
Matt Gaw
Matt Gaw is a writer, journalist and naturalist who lives in Bury St Edmunds. He has been called “One of the most inspiring of our young nature writers” by Stephen Moss, naturalist and author of The Robin: A Biography.
In his first book, The Pull of the River, Matt chronicled his exploration, by canoe, of Britain’s rivers.
In his second book, Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light, Matt explores the power of light, walking by the light of the moon in Suffolk and under the scattered buckshot of starlight in Scotland.
Matt has had work published in the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Times.
  Nicola Upson will be talking crime with fellow author William Shaw
 Liz Trenow
Liz Trenow, international bestselling author of historical novels such as In Love and War and The Silk Weaver, returns to her East Anglian roots for her latest book The Secrets of the Lake, a very personal novel inspired by her childhood and a mysterious local legend. Her family have been silk weavers for nearly 300 years, and she grew up in the house next to the mill in Sudbury which still operates today, weaving for top-end fashion houses.
  Rachel Hore
Rachel is a million copy Sunday Times bestselling author, has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year, and was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick. She is an Honorary Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA. She is the author of ten beautifully written and very enjoyable novels, many of which are woven from the past (accurately portrayed thanks to her training as an historian) and the present. Her latest book, A Beautiful Spy, was inspired by the life of Olga Gray.
Julia Blackburn
Julia (right) is the author of 16 books, including two novels both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize, poetry, and several biographies and memoirs. Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske was the 2015 East Anglian Book of the Year and won the New Angle Prize and she has been shortlisted for many other prestigious prizes and awards.
She has always collected things that hold stories about the very distant past, as she trawls the Suffolk coastline near her home: mammoth bones, two million year old shells, a flint sharpened into a weapon. Her latest book, Time Song brings many of these stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland.

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