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Crime writers and critics to lead Bluecoat workshop

Crime Scene Wednesday 6 April 2016

Join crime writers and critics in conversation, at a special workshop organised by the English Department in partnership with the Bluecoat.

Authors John Connolly, Louise Philips, Richard Godwin, Andrew Pepper and Professor Cynthia Hamilton will join Liverpool Hope’s Popular Culture Research Group leader Dr Jacqui Miller at Bluecoat Investigates… Crime Fiction.

The event, which will be held at the Bluecoat on Saturday 16th April from 1pm – 6pm, will discuss the enduring popularity of crime fiction and its dominance in contemporary culture.

Among the themes to be explored are:

The Thrill of Finding Connection: One of the great pleasures of crime fiction is the way it invites the reader to spot connections between facts, characters and clues as the story unfolds. In this session, we consider how this enjoyment extends to recognising references to other works through allusion, influence and authors’ borrowings and transformations, whether conscious or unconscious.   

Loving the Bad Guy - the Heart of Noir: Critics have defined noir fiction and film as stories in which the central character crosses legal and social boundaries for his/her own personal gain, be it sexual, monetary or political. For all their criminality and even amorality, these characters are often compelling figures. This discussion will give us the opportunity to discuss why we are so drawn, despite our better instincts, to those who transgress moral conventions.

Shackled by Stereotype? This session will consider whether crime fiction offers a safe space for diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives, and alternative gender identities. In the past, it has been seen as a genre dominated by conservative points of view with associated racial and gender stereotypes. Has this reading been successfully challenged by new voices and more inclusive perspectives?   

Admission is £8, with a small number of bursaries available for full-time students. To apply, please send a short email summarising your interest in crime fiction to funding@thebluecoat.org.uk by Friday 8th April.

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