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Sunday 23 July | 11.30am
The Old Swan Hotel | Harrogate

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Writers have an uncanny knack of predicting the future, exploring our dark fears; Val McDermid based a psycho on Jimmy Savile long before his guilt came to light. Probability analysis or crystal ball-gazing? Sometimes life is stranger than fiction – demonstrated by that episode of The Simpsons that jokingly predicted a Donald Trump presidency.
This panel features crime authors who take the temperature of the body politic, check the patient has a fever, and make a case for the possible outcome. One of Britain’s leading crime novelists, Chris Brookmyre’s Want You Gone centres on online blackmail,and his next novel is a sci-fi/crime crossover, Places in the Dark. Kati Hiekkapelto is the punk singer/crime writer whose master’s thesis was on racist bullying. She explores social and political themes around immigration in her page-turning crime stories. Eva Dolan tackles similar territory in her novels featuring the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit, which simmer with racial tension- her novels featuring the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. Screenwriter and novelist Sarah Lotz taps into the apocalyptic with The Three, in which US Bible Belt hysteria threatens to engulf the world. Her latest, The White Road, focuses on disaster at the summit of Everest.

Ex-publisher turned crime author, NJ Cooper keeps everyone calm as chair.

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