12 episodes

Join Northern Ireland Crime Fiction Writer, James Murphy as he discusses writing tips and techniques with a host of Crime Fiction’s bestselling authors, to help you begin your writing journey.

A Life of Crime (Writing) with James Murphy James Murphy

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Join Northern Ireland Crime Fiction Writer, James Murphy as he discusses writing tips and techniques with a host of Crime Fiction’s bestselling authors, to help you begin your writing journey.

    Episode 12- Graham Bartlett, Police Advisor

    Episode 12- Graham Bartlett, Police Advisor

    Graham Bartlett was a UK police officer in Sussex for thirty years. He mainly policed the city of Brighton and Hove, rising to become its police commander. On the way he was a homicide senior investigating officer and led on managing dangerous offenders, sexual offences, domestic violence, child protection and hate crime. He was a qualified strategic firearms and public order commander, leading the policing of many armed operations, large scale protests and sporting events.

    Since retiring, he has become a police procedural and crime advisor helping scores of authors and TV writers (including Peter James, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths and Dorothy Koomson) achieve authenticity alongside their drama. He is also a best-selling crime writer, with two non-fiction books – Death Comes Knocking and Babes in the Wood – to his name and a crime novel in the pipeline. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 11- Simon Trewin, Literary Agent

    Episode 11- Simon Trewin, Literary Agent

    Simon Trewin established his agency, Simon Trewin Ltd, in February 2019 and counts both Sam Blake and A.A. Dhand among his Crime Fiction writers. 
    Prior to establishing his agency, Simon used to lead the London Literary arm of this worldwide talent agency and was a senior partner. He has been an agent for over twenty years and is a three time nominee for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year. As a former Secretary of the Association of Authors' Agents his knowledge of the book world is assured.
    Trewin began his career in the theatre and he continues to represent a number of playwrights including West End and television favourite, Jeremy Dyson. In 2007, he was one of a group of agents who broke away from super agency, Peters, Fraser and Dunlop to set up United Agents. After a spell as a Director at UA, he made the move to William Morris Endeavor in search of a more global stage, 'I wanted my clients to play on the biggest possible canvas they could. Simple as that".
    WME's American ownership and Trewin's stable of high profile US and UK authors make him something of a literary powerhouse on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Trewin's client lists included a number of award winning writers including: national treasure and former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion; John Boyne, author of the phenomenally successful book turned film, 'The Boy In Striped Pajamas', and Andrew Miller, winner of the 2012 Costa Book Of the Year. His literary tastes are diverse, taking in literary and historical fiction, dystopian fantasies (Lalline Paul); children's books (Mackenzie Crook); thrillers (Robert Goddard); historical non-fiction (Keith Lowe); graphic novels (Isabel Greenberg); and popular science (David McCandless).
    His support for new writing is highlighted by his role as a trustee for the Arvon Foundation.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 10- Kerry Buchanan (Knife Edge)

    Episode 10- Kerry Buchanan (Knife Edge)

    Kerry Buchanan is a vet who retired when her disability left her unable to carry out the duties required. Since then she's designed leukaemia patient databases, researched high pressure food processing, taught ICT to people who were convinced computers would explode in their face if they hit the wrong key, and run her own livery business.

    Kerry lives on a farm in amongst the drumlins of County Down in Northern Ireland, surrounded by animals, both two- and four-legged. The view from every window provides inspiration for her stories which is the reason, she says, for her productivity.

    These days, she's a full-time carer for her father, who is 93 and suffers from dementia, but still makes time to write prolifically. She was been lucky enough to win an ACNI SIAP award in 2019 and then a second ACNI award in the summer of 2020.
    Her short stories are widely published, including The Armada Tree, which won Kraxon Magazine's Story of the Year Award (2019), but she is only now beginning to submit some of her novels.

    Her first crime novel, Knife Edge, will be published by Joffe Books in 2021.

    • 50 min
    Episode 9- Gerard Brennan (Shot- Shannon Mc Nulty, Book One)

    Episode 9- Gerard Brennan (Shot- Shannon Mc Nulty, Book One)

    Gerard Brennan's latest novel is SHOT, published by Dockyard Press. His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies; including three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and Belfast Noir. He co-edited Requiems for the Departed, a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths which won the 2011 Spinetingler Award for best anthology. His novella, The Point, was published by Pulp Press in October 2011 and won the 2012 Spinetingler Award for best novella. His novels, Wee Rockets and Fireproof, were first published as ebooks by Blasted Heath in 2012. He graduated from the MA in creative writing at Queen's University Belfast in 2012 and completed his creative writing PhD in 2017.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 8- Easter Special 2021 with Guest Host, Bella Murphy

    Episode 8- Easter Special 2021 with Guest Host, Bella Murphy

    Join 8 yr old aspiring journalist and presenter, Bella Murphy, as she interviews her Dad about Crime Writing, Teaching, Podcasts, books parenting, and practically everything in between.
    ***Warning- May Contain Proud Dad Moments***

    • 55 min
    Episode 7- Sheila Bugler (Before You Were Gone)

    Episode 7- Sheila Bugler (Before You Were Gone)

    Sheila is an Irish crime writer living in Eastbourne. She is the author of two series of crime novels. The first, featuring DI Ellen Kelly, is set in South East London. The second series features journalist Dee Doran and is based in Sheila’s adopted home town, Eastbourne.
    When not writing fiction, Sheila runs creative writing courses, offers a range of editing services and is a creative writing tutor for the Writers Bureau. She is a regular contributor to writing magazines and reviews crime fiction for crimesquad.com. She is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Sussex.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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