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Skulduggery in Stowmarket could be back in 2020, Suffolk Libraries confirm




Library chiefs are hopeful of attracting more readers into crime fiction after ‘amazing feedback’ from the second Skulduggery in Stowmarket.

More than 300 attended talks at Stowmarket Library last weekend from authors including: Charlie Haylock, Jaqueline Beard, Barbara Nadel and Kate Rhodes.

Organiser Jack Norman said: “We have already been approached by authors who wish to attend next year. The feedback has been amazing.”

Stow market Crime Writing Festival..Pictured: author Jacqueline Beard...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (9254286)
Stow market Crime Writing Festival..Pictured: author Jacqueline Beard...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (9254286)

Skulduggery in Stowmarket is the first of two now annual crime festivals hosted by Suffolk Libraries, the second being Slaughter in Southwold, on June 15 and 16.

Author Ian Andrew said: “Skulduggery is a fantastic addition to the literary scene, spotlighting East Anglian authors, stories and influences. It is proof that small rural communities have so much to be indebted to their local libraries.”

Organisers said attendees had travelled from as far as Lancashire for the festival.

Author Mary-Jane Riley, who discussed how her interviews with Ruth Rendell and P.D James encouraged her to begin writing crime fiction, added: “It was an absolute pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was given a very warm welcome by library staff.”



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