3.15-4.15pm Barrister’s Court

Discover the most exciting new crime writers of the year: Bella Ellis (The Vanishing Bride), Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street), Russ Thomas (Firewatching) and Kate Bradley (To Keep You Safe), and hear about their journey to publication and their accomplished debuts.

Chaired by Sarah Hilary (crime author of the DI Marnie Rome series).

Bella Ellis

Bella Ellis is the Brontë inspired pen name for the award winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Rowan Coleman. A Brontë devotee for most of her life, Rowan is the author of fourteen novels including The Memory Book, The Summer of Impossible Things and The Girl at the Window, as well as the co-author of Mirror, Mirror the debut novel by actor and model Cara Delevingne. Bella Ellis lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and five children.


Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading anything he could get from the library and writing stories. He spent five years trying to master the electronic organ and another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn’t take him too long to realise that he’d be better off sticking to the writing. He discovered the joys of bookselling and his debut novel Firewatching is the first book in the DS Adam Tyler series.


Kate Bradley worked for many years managing services for people who are marginalised by society; her work has taken her into prisons, mental health hospitals and alongside the homeless. She currently works in education. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature, in addition to qualifications in creative writing and teaching. Kate lives in a small coastal town just outside of Brighton with her husband and sons. To Keep You Safe is her debut novel.


Trevor has lived in Newcastle for 25 years so has adopted-Geordie status. He’s a successful playwright who has worked as a journalist and council spin-doctor. Previously he was in the Royal Navy for 16 years joining, presciently, as a Writer. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA and is the author of The Man on the Street.

Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection. The Observer’s Book of the Month and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist in the US. Her sixth book, Never Be Broken, is out in paperback now.

Sarah has worked in or around publishing for over twenty years. Her non-fiction has been published in the Guardian, Telegraph, Psychologies magazine, and as part of the Dangerous Women Project. She has run masterclasses in Crime Writing Without Plotting for Theakstons Festival, and is the newest member of the organising committee for St Hilda’s Crime Fiction Weekend.


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