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05/08/2009

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Wednesday 05 August 2009

A special programme reporting on the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

John Banville and Reginald Hill debate the 'difference' between literary fiction and crime writing. Reginald Hill has written more than 20 books featuring Dalziel and Pascoe and another series about the private detective Joe Sixsmith. John Banville won the 2005 Booker Prize for his novel The Sea and as Benjamin Black he has published three crime novels.

Edgar Allen Poe versus Raymond Chandler: Baltimore resident Laura Lippman joins Peter James and Martyn Waites to debate the influence of Poe and Chandler.

A panel session brings together four lesbian writers to discuss the pros and cons of labels and their different approaches to fiction.

What crime writers hate: The 2009 Festival's chair, Laura Wilson, discusses the cliches that would drive her to crime with Christopher Brookmyre.

Plus the pet hates of George Pelecanos, Peter James and Laura Lippman.

  • A discussion between John Banville and Reginald Hill (Pictured)

    Reginald Hill's latest Dalziel and Pascoe book is Midnight Fugue.
    Benjamin Black's latest book is The Lemur.

    Photograph by Tony Davis.

  • Edgar Allen Poe V Raymond Chandler

    Laura Lippman's most recent book is Life Sentences.
    Peter James most recent Roy Grace book is Dead Tomorrow.
    Martyn Waites most recent book is Speak No Evil.

  • Dangerous Dykes

    Val McDermid's new book The Fever of the Bone is published in September.
    N J Coopers's latest book is No Escape.
    Manda Scott's latest book is The Crystal Skull.
    Stella Duffy's latest book in the Saz Martin series is Mouths of Babes and she co-edited Tart Noir.

  • Going Postal - what crime writers hate

    Authors discusses the clichés that would drive them to crime.

    George Pelecanos' latest book is The Way Home.
    Laura Wilson's latest book is An Empty Death and she won the 2008 Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Novel for the first book in this series, Stratton's War.
    Christopher Brookmyre's latest book is Pandaemonium.

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