17 April 2015

Hay Festival has a feast of crime

This year's Hay Festival will have a big-screening of the whole of series two of Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy. The gangster drama's creator, Steven Knight, talks to Alan Yentob on the same day (22 May).

Other major true-crime and crime-fiction related events in the festival at Hay-on-Wye in Wales include:
  • A rare public appearance in Britain of Irish-American writer Dennis Lehane, a member of the writing team on The Wire and author of Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River. Lehane is also working on the US remake of RTÉ's Love/Hate (24 May).
  • Irish author John Boyne on his latest novel A History Of Loneliness (27 May).
  • David Lagercrantz on his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing, ghostwriting the acclaimed sports biography I Am Zlatan Imbrahimovic and his newest novel – That Which Does Not Kill, the authorised sequel to Stieg Larsson’s "Girl With A Dragon Tattoo" / "Millennium" series (26 May).
  • Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris about his Ladies No.1 Detective Agency series (26 May). McCall Smith is also in Dublin for the ILFD writers festival the same week.
  • Comedy writer Will Smith (The Thick of It), whose new novel Mainlander is set on Jersey, is in conversation with Roberto Ampuero, whose The Neruda Case features Brulé, a reluctant private detective from Cuba (30 May).
  • Among several true-crime related events, art crime expert and investigative journalist Noah Charney will unravel the intriguing stories behind some of the world’s most famous forgeries (26 May).

Hay Festival
21-31 May 2015
Official website: hayfestival.com