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Recent and Forthcoming Events

11-13 January – Baker Street Irregulars annual Sherlock Holmes weekend
Yale Club, New York City
Martin will be the Distinguished Speaker at the Gala Dinner on 12 January

The Golden Age of Murder
5 February, 7.30 pm, Warrington Literary and Philosophical Society, Cairo Street, Warrington

My Life of Crime
8 February, 6.30 pm, Penketh Library, Warrington

CWA Northern Chapter lunch
Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge
11 February

Detection Club members’ AGM Brown’s Court Room, and dinner, Garrick Club
1 March, London

Golden Age of Crime
9-11 March, Essex Book Festival, Southend on Sea
Martin will be take part in an Edmund Crispin panel on Saturday and chair a CWA panel on Sunday

My Life of Crime
12 April, 7 pm, Frodsham Library, Cheshire

CWA Annual Conference
13-15 April, Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury
Martin will chair the CWA members’ AGM

My Life of Crime
2 pm, 20 April, Knowsley Library, Merseyside

27-29 April – Malice Domestic 30
Washington DC
Martin will take part in panels and events during the convention

The Craft of Crime Writing - Workshop
2 pm, Friday 11 May – Guernsey

The Golden Age of Murder
7 pm, Friday 11 May – Guernsey Library, St Peter Port

The Golden Age of Murder
4.30 pm Saturday 12 May – Jersey Library, St Helier

My Life of Crime
7 pm, 16 May, Stockton Heath Library

CrimeFest 2018
17-20 May, Marriott Hotel, Bristol
Martin will take part in panels and hosting the CWA Daggers longlist announcements

HeadRead Literarture Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
23-27 May, Martin will take part in the Festival and a conversation with Sophie Hannah chaired by Jason Goodwin

Alibis in the Archives
8-10 June, Gladstone Library, Hawarden
Martin will talk about crime writing heritage during the conference

CWA former Chairs private dinner
1 pm, 12 June, London

Detection Club summer dinner
13 June, Garrick Club, London

Bodies from the Library
16 June, British Library
Martin will talk about the life and work of Richard Hull

My Life of Crime
19 June, Sandiway Library, Cheshire, 7 pm: part of Northwich Literary Festival

Lake District Crime afternoon
20 June, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria, Martin will host afternoon tea in aid of Mencap, details tba

Lymm Festival: From Classic to Contemporary Crime
28 June, Lymm Hotel, 7.30 pm
Martin will chair a discussion with Sarah Ward and Kate Ellis

Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival
19-22 July, Harrogate
Martin will take part in a panel organised by the Society of Authors at the Majestic Hotel on Saturday 21 July.

Dorothy L Sayers Society Conference
4 August, Lancaster.
Martin will be conference guest of honour

6-9 September, St Petersburg, Florida

Jersey Festival of Words
2 pm, 28 September, Writers' Workshop, St Helier Library
6.30 pm, 28 September, The Making of a Crime Novel, St Helier Library

Salisbury Literary Festival
Dorothy L. Sayers - and me
7 pm, Salisbury Playhouse

The Golden Age of Murder
22 October, 7 pm at Birkenhead Central Library, Wirral

The Golden Age of Murder
23 October, 8 pm, Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute, London

CWA Daggers Awards
7 pm, 25 October, Grange City Hotel, London
Martin will host the annual CWA Daggers Awards ceremony

Oxford University Society, London
My Life of Crime
7 November, 7.30 pm, French Protestant Church, Soho Square

Detection Club Annual Dinner for members and guests
7.30 pm, 8 November, Ritz Hotel

Slaughter in Surrey
9 November, 7 pm, Woking Library, Martin will talk about classic and contemporary crime writing

Iceland Noir
2 pm, 1 November, The Agatha panel: Martin will talk about Golden Age fiction on a panel moderated by Iceland's Prime Minister, Karin Jakobsdottir

Crime Writing Workshop
10 am, Blue Cap Hotel, Sandiway, Cheshire
Martin will conduct a workshop for Vale Royal Writers' Group

Victorian Murder Mystery

Martin's inter-active Victorian murder mystery 'Who Killed George Hargrave?' has been performed with much success to large audiences at libraries and other venues in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, County Durham, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Trafford, Kirklees, Teeside, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, and Merseyside.

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1920s Murder Mystery

Martin’s second murder mystery event, “Murder at the Manor”, set in the 1920s, the Golden Age of detective fiction, was premiered at the Newcastle Winter Books Festival in November 2011. Martin is also able to provide tailor-made murder mysteries for corporate events and festivals.


Martin offers a wide range of talks and after dinner speeches. In the field of crime fiction, his talks about "Why do we care whodunit?", the Golden Age of crime fiction, Secrets of the Detection Club, locked room mysteries, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and contemporary crime fiction have all been very well received. In the area of true crime, he offers talks about Dr Crippen and also aspects of CSI, famous murder cases, and unsolved mysteries.

Workshops, coaching and mentoring

Martin has successfully conducted writing workshops and is also an experienced coach and mentor. For details of workshop topics, please get in touch by email.

Writer in residence

Martin has previously acted as a part-time writer in residence and will be able to take on a limited number of assignments in the future.

Past Events

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