St Hilda’s Oxford Crime & Humour Writers Conference Aug 2012 (part 1)

I spent yesterday and today at the St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford 19th (so I’ve missed 18 of them!) Crime Writers’ Conference, this year on the topic of humour in crime writing… crime and humour being my two favourite genres to write and read.

When my editor, Rachel, emailed me the details a few weeks ago I opened the attachment and smiled because not only was it a perfect topic but the final day fell on my 40-something <coughs> birthday I couldn’t resist (I wouldn’t have done anyway).

I had all good intentions of bringing you tonight the notes I created throughout the two days but they have more holes than Emmental so I shall work on them over the next few days and post them when there’s a gap (possibly as a 5a.m. flash after the series of Submission info.s have finished, so next Saturday morning)… which also gives me time to catch up with my 151 emails jumping up and down in my Inbox saying “pick me”.

So, as a taster, here’s the agenda for the weekend…

“Stop, you’re killing me” – humour in Crime Fiction!!

Marcia Talley: Comic Relief Or, What’s So Funny About Murder

Alan Bradley: The Undertaker’s Jest Book Or, I Want Some Red Roses for a Blue Lady

Barry Forshaw: Dark Laughter Hitchcock and his Writers

L.C. Tyler: Mayhem Magna the World of Colin Watson

Natasha Cooper: When You Stop Laughing, It’s Not a Bad Novel

Chris Ewan: Assembling the Team, Some Thoughts on Comic Caper Novels and the Gentleman Thief

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Sacred Cows are for Slaughtering

Val McDermid: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

Simon Brett: (After-Dinner Speaker)

Meeting with Sisters in Crime

Peter Lovesey: ‘Amazed Enquiry Sat on her Face’ and Other Embarrassments in Crime Fiction

Gillian Linscott: My Funny Friend the Comic Role of the Side-Kick

Ann Cleeves: Lost in Translation: Does Humour Travel.

As you can see, a great line-up! 🙂


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4 thoughts on “St Hilda’s Oxford Crime & Humour Writers Conference Aug 2012 (part 1)

  1. Mary Firmin says:

    Wow, Morgen, what a thrill for you to go to that conference. As I watch Masterpiece Theatre and see Oxford and all the Colleges, I get so jealous that I was not lucky enough or smart enough to attend. I can’t wait for your blog about the happenings and the people you met. Hugs from one of your biggest fans, Mary Firmin, author of Deadly Pleasures.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. morgenbailey says:

    It was great, thank you Mary. It did feel like I was one of a few who hadn’t studied, and surprised how much readers outweighed writers… it was great that they went to so much trouble (some travelling from the US just for the weekend!) and expense… clearly passionate about crime writing! And of course now all I want to do it write… 🙂


    • morgenbailey says:

      Excellent! I’m not sure if I’ll go next year as it’s crime through the ages and I’m not a historical writer. Of course I love crime writing but with so many conferences I’ve not yet been to I’m endeavouring to do two different ones each year plus the Get Writing one-day each February (which is only £55/60). The weekend after next I’m off to the NAWG Festival which I’ve never been to before so doing well this year. 🙂


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