Just so you don’t have to, I have browsed this year’s Hay Festival Programme for the crime fiction (and related) events. It would be appear that Wales is to have an invasion of the tartan tattie-noirs with Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Welsh and Val McDermid. Flying the Swedish flag, Henning Mankell is up for two appearances this year. Some Brighton rock will be provided by Peter James. Levering in London representation we have Martina Cole and Mark Billingham, the latter talking about the move to screen for DI Thorne. And there are more…
Booking for ordinary people (not Friends of the Festival who can do it now) starts Wednesday 21 April. Link to the festival here.
Friday 28 May
 6.30pm, Elmley Foundation Dream Stage, £4
Barbara Erskine and Phil Rickman
And did those feet?
Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.
Saturday 29 May
 10am, Guardian Stage, £5
Martina Cole talks to Erwin James
The first lady of underworld fiction discusses her novels.
 10am, Elmley Foundation Dream Stage, £5
Sian Busby, Katie Hickman and S J Parris
Fiction: The Long View
McNaughten is set in 1840s London, The Pindar Diamond in C17th Venice and the no.1 bestseller Heresy in Elizabethan England. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
 11.30am, Guardian Stage, £8
Henning Mankell talks to Peter Florence
The creator of Wallander talks about his crime fiction, his novels and his African theatre company.
 8.30pm, Guardian Stage, £6
Henning Mankell and Ahdaf Soueif talk to Jon Snow
The Swedish author accompanied the Egyptian novelist to her literary festival in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Friday 4 June
 11.30am, Oxfam Studio, £5
Peter James talks to Peter Guttridge
Dead Like You
His new serial rapist tale marks James as one of the most compelling and successful crime novelists in the world.
 4pm, Barclays Wealth Pavilion, £6
Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard
The Double Comfort Safari Club
The grand master storyteller introduces the latest investigation of the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
Saturday 5 June
 2.30pm, Elmley Foundation Dream Stage, £5
Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard
Shades of Grey
The master of inventive, fantastical comedy introduces his brilliant satire of colour-tyranny and freedom.
 5.15pm–6.30pm, Sky Arts Studio, £5*
Mark Billingham and David Morrissey talk to Marcel Berlins
Billingham’s Tom Thorne series has been thrilling crime lovers for almost a decade and thorne will be a major TV drama on Sky1 HD this autumn with the adaptation of both sleepyhead and scaredy cat. Previewing clips from the films for the first time ever, author and star will dissect the journey from page to screen, and discuss the differences between the book and the drama. The event will be filmed: skyarts.co.uk for broadcast details.
*Charitable donation to Sky Rainforest Rescue
 7pm, Oxfam Studio, £6
Val McDermid, Jasper Fforde, Mathew Prichard
Agatha Christie 120
We celebrate the queen of detective fiction’s jubilee with two fans and her grandson, who still manages her estate. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
Sponsored by AJ Jones & Sons
Sunday 6 June
 9am, Elmley Foundation Dream Stage, £5
Louise Welsh, Jonathan Dee
Naming the Bones is a thrilling novel of academic obsession and dark magic. The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their loyalty to each other. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
 10am, Elmley Foundation Dream Stage, £5
Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.
Tuesday 1 June
 10am, Oxfam Studio, £5
Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead
Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir
The book-dealer, writer and Booker judge offers a captivating account of twenty-five books drawn from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy, and a memoir of a reading self.
‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’
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