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March 28, 2017

In September 2017, Karen will be joining historical crime novelists DAVID MARK and ANDREW MARTIN on the GRIME NOIR panel as part of NOIRWICH CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL, and later in September she will be talking about the background to THE PLAGUE CHARMER at the APPLEDORE BOOK FESTIVAL, where she will also be leading a writing workshop. She would love to meet you if you are able to come along.


Sunday 17th September 2017


Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, NRP 4PG

Step back in time to a filthier period of history, past the smog-filled streets of Victorian London to the long years of the Black Death, with David Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland. Specialising in historical fiction, these writers put the diseased and soot-blackened crimes of the past under the magnifying glass.

Noirwich Crime Festival is a partnership between Writer’s Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia.

For further details and to book for the event, please contact Noirwich Crime Festival.


Friday 29th September 2017



5.30pm.-6.30pm Market Street Kitchen, Appledore, Devon

(Includes tea and cake provided by Market Street Kitchen)

Step back into the dark world of the Middle Ages with thriller writer Karen Maitland, as she discusses the historical background to her latest novel, THE PLAGUE CHARMER, featuring pustules and fake dwarfs, ghost ships and a hidden village in Somerset to which witches and heretics were banished. Karen will be exploring the medieval belief in supernatural which influences her novels, and how we still continue their superstitions today.

For further details and to book, please contact Appledore Book Festival or call the box office 01237 424949


Saturday 30th September 2017


‘THE DOOR CREAKED OPEN …’  A Writing Workshop with Karen Maitland

10.30am – 12.30 Appledore Library.

There are always sections of any story or novel where you need to build suspense, mystery and tension. In this workshop we’ll be using discussion and short writing exercises drawing on our own experiences, our fears and dark imagination to explore the techniques of creating and maintaining suspense and tension.

For further details and to book your place, please contact Appledore Book Festival or call the box office 01237 424949






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