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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

My Life of Crime
? February, Penketh Library, Warrington

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

CWA Northern Chapter
7 April, Manchester, venue tba

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

Crime Writing Workshop
Friday 11 May – Guernsey

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

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

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

HeadRead Literarture Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
23-27 May, Martin will be taking part in the Festival

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

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

Lymm Festival – 21 June to 1 July
?? June, Martin will talk about crime writing

Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival
19-22 July, Harrogate

Dorothy L Sayers Society Conference
4 August, Lancaster.
Martin will be attending the conference

6-9 September, St Petersburg, Florida

CWA Daggers Awards
?? October, Grange City Hotel, London
Martin will host the annual CWA Daggers Awards ceremony

Jersey Festival of Words
28 September, St Helier venue tba Detection Club Annual Dinner for members and guests
8 November, Ritz Hotel

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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