Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Val McDermid

in conversation with Alex Clark

Tuesday September 7th 2021, 19:00 BST


Arvon’s Craft of Writing sessions are invigorating deep dives into the creative processes of some of the finest writers at work today. Over the course of 80 minutes, they engage in expansive conversations about different facets of their craft: how they get their ideas; how they develop characters or build stories; or, more simply, how they make sentences. Each live session includes two audience Q&As.

Val McDermid, dubbed the ‘Queen of Crime’, has sold over 17 million books worldwide and her work has been translated into over 40 languages. She began her career in journalism, and wrote her first crime novel, Report for Murder, in 1984. McDermid’s novels were central to the boom in Scottish crime writing in the early 2000s that gave rise to the label ‘Tartan Noir’: a new kind of fiction that placed the hard-boiled cynical protagonist of American detective fiction in a distinctively Scottish, contemporary, urban working-class setting. ‘The crime novel is a three-legged stool—character, plot, and a sense of place’, she says. ‘If we don’t inhabit the landscape, we are immediately adrift.’ This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most celebrated voices in crime writing.

Val is joined by Front Row Presenter, Alex Clark, for this Craft of Writing session.

Date: Tuesday, 7th September, 19:00-20.20 BST

Cost: £20 (concession: £10.00)




See all Courses & Retreats