Claire Askew, Avoiding Crime Fiction Clichés

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Claire Askew, Avoiding Crime Fiction Clichés

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Crime Fiction Workshop

Crime fiction makes up nearly 40% of the book market. That’s an awful lot of mysteries, with new books landing every day. But as well as being endlessly popular, the genre is also famous for its clichéd characters and easily-guessable twists. How can you avoid these pitfalls and make sure your crime novel stands out from the crowd? Join the author of the award-winning DI Birch series to explore the tropes and learn vital insider tricks.


Dr. Claire Askew holds a PhD in Creative Writing & Contemporary Women’s Poetry from the University of Edinburgh. The first book in her series about DI Helen Birch, All the Hidden Truths, won the inaugural Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year in 2019. This year sees the paperback release of Cover Your Tracks, a collection of poetry, How to Burn a Woman, and a nonfiction book about writing, Novelista.

If you would prefer to attend this workshop via Zoom, please book a ticket and then contact us at borderlinescarlisle@gmail.com where we will send you joining instructions.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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