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1 . Matt Johnson Ex-Soldier and Ex-Cop with Phil Rickman in Conversation - 12.00pm. Matt Johnson served as a soldier from 1975-78 and Metropolitan Police officer from 1978 to 1999. In that year Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller – was published by Orenda Books in March 2016. The sequel Deadly Game, was published in March 2017, the finale End Game, in March 2018.
Presented by Sahiba Sethi @dumbwitnesses
2. "I am not your friend, I am your conscience." Paul Harrison, the Serial Killer Profiler in conversation with PSCO, Helen Scott, our much believed hay Community Police Officer. Sponsored by The Swan At Hay - 2.00pm. I've looked evil in the eye, I recognise it now, as it does me! I've found the darker side of humanity lurking everywhere. I've communicated with serial killers and murderers of all types and denominations, asking the kind of probing questions that make them squirm, helping depict a unique profile of what makes them tick. I'm ready to tell the basis of those experiences in my stories. Everything will come from true to life situations that have been encountered. I've spent decades confronting the minds of real life monsters, serial killers and paedophiles, gaining an incredible insight into what makes them tick. You've been warned, buckle yourself in, as you'll be going on a journey you're unlikely to ever forget!
Presented by @dumbwitnesses Sahiba Sethi
3. Guy Fraser-Sampson and Hugh Fraser - 4.00pm. The two are poles apart as crime writers, as they discuss the future of crime fiction and challenges for the detective fiction writer in the 21st century. Chaired by Phil Rickman. Sponsored by The Swan At Hay. Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ and the Duke of Wellington in ‘Sharpe’. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Clint Eastwood’s Firefox and much more! Guy Fraser-Simpson is an established writer, previously best known for his 'Mapp and Lucia' novels, which have been featured on BBC Radio 4 and optioned by BBC television. His first three books of detective fiction, Death in Profile, Miss Christie Regrets and A Whiff of Cyanide, have drawn high praise from fellow crime writers as well as from readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Book 4, A Death in the Night, has just been published by Urbane Publications.
Presented by Sahiba Sethi
4. Andrew Wilson - 6.00pm. The well-known biographer and journalist, wrote the best-selling 'A Talent for Murder' based on a portion of Agatha Christie's life. His second in this series 'A Different Kind of Evil' will be released in May 2018. He will be reading portions from this and will be talking about using real people and real incidents in a work of fiction.
Presented by Sahiba Sethi
A mystery film - but bound to be a mystery!
A Deadly Set of Questions. A late night, candle-lit quiz on all aspects of detective fiction.
Hosted by Sahiba with help from her Maidens of Murder crew.