Author Mick Herron by Mikael Buck

Featuring an all-star line-up, this year’s annual St Hilda’s Crime Fiction Weekend (August 12-14) promises to be the most exciting and inclusive event yet, with 2022’s guest of honour, the famous author Ann Cleeves.

Ann Cleeves OBE is of course, the renowned British mystery crime writer who wrote the Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez, and Matthew Venn series, all three of which have been adapted into TV shows.

St Hilda’s Crime Fiction Weekend has taken place every August since 1994, featuring some of the world’s bestselling and most respected crime writers who have gathered in Oxford to talk about the writers and novels that have influenced their careers over the years.

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And this year is no different with speakers including Leye Adenle, Anna Bailey, Greg Buchanan, Shawn Cosby, Philip Gooden, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, Beth Lewis, Imran Mahmood, Nadine Matheson, Peter May, Abir Mukherjee, Anthony J Quinn, William Shaw and Trevor Wood.

This year’s theme is Town and Country: Green Lanes to Mean Streets, everything from American Gothic settings to stories incorporating the wild landscapes of Australia, a tribute to Mo Hayder and an exploration of place in the work of PD James, plus so much more

Highlights include Mick Herron in conversation with Jake Kerridge (READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH MICK HERE

Mick, who lives in Oxford, is the author of the wildly successful Jackson Lamb ‘Slough House’ series, now an equally popular streaming favourite, Slow Horseson Apple TV starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.


Find out how Mick gets to grips with characters, why people matter more to him than plot, how fact influences his fiction, and what happens when an author used to working alone walks into a TV writers’ room.

Or book in for a drinks reception and three course dinner (£75) with the Guest Speaker, award-winning author, Elly Griffiths who is giving an after dinner talk on Cold Comfort Crime and explains Cold Comfort Farm’s influence on her own writing. Book HERE.

Dinner guests will also enjoy a specially commissioned Whodunnit mystery, enacted by some of the appearing authors. There will be prizes awarded to best digital and in-the-room solvers clever enough to figure out who did it and why. 

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If you can’t join in person, you can also buy a digital-only pass to watch events at your leisure across a 30-day period. 

View the full programme and buy tickets here