National Crime Reading Month

Murder on the Front Page – A talk by J C Briggs

North-west England

Event Type:Author Talk
Event Organiser:Cumbria Libraries
Booking Link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/murder-on-the-front-page-a-talk-by-j-c-briggs-tickets-344207322367
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Ticket Price:£2.00

Kendal Library

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Step free access via Library Road
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A talk on Thomas De Quincey and his editorship of ‘The Westmorland Gazette’ and his essay ‘On Murder considered as One of the Fine Arts’

To start off National Crime Reading Month across Cumbria Libraries we’ve teamed up with J C Briggs, local author and Vice Chair of The Crime Writers’ Association.

Join us as we dip into the brief but fascinating period of 1818-19 when the writer and literary critic Thomas De Quincey took the helm of The Westmorland Gazette. De Quincey spent 18 months filling the columns with lurid details of crime and murders from papers around the country while battling the crippling effects of opium addiction.

Jean Briggs taught English in schools in Cheshire, Lancashire and Hong Kong. She now lives in Cumbria and writes murder mysteries, featuring Charles Dickens as an amateur detective. There are nine novels in the series, published by Sapere Books. The latest,

‘Summons to Murder’ was published in December 2021 and number 10 will come out later this year.

She is currently Vice Chair of The Crime Writers’ Association, and also a member of The Society of Authors, a member of The Dickens Fellowship, and a trustee of Sedbergh Book Town.

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