National Crime Reading Month

Scottish Launch – National Crime Writers Month with Professor Jim Fraser


Event Type:Author
Event Organiser:Edinburgh Libraries
Booking Link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--edinburgh/professor-jim-fraser/?page=1
Ticket Price:Free

Central Library in our Reference Library
George IV Bridge

Venue accessibility:

This is a very old building and is not fully accessible.
Reference Library is located on the 2nd floor
There is a small lift, not suitable for wheelchairs.

Professor Fraser will talk about National Crime Reading Month, his high-profile career and his work as an author with Jacky Collins of Noir at the Bar.

The event will be introduced by Crime Writers Association Board Member author Jess Faraday.

Professor Fraser spent his career as a forensic scientist and ‘cold case’ reviewer. He has been involved in many high-profile investigations, including the murders of Rachel Nickell, Damilola Taylor, Lin and Megan Russell, the serial child killer Robert Black, and the death of Gareth Williams, the GCHQ codebreaker. As a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, he has also reviewed many notable cases, including the Lockerbie bombing.

As an author his books include Murder Under the Microscope – A Personal History of Homicide (Atlantic Books), Forensic Science – a very short introduction (Oxford University Press) and The Handbook of Forensic Science (Routledge).

Dr Jacky Collins, also known as Dr Noir, was formerly Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Literature, Film & TV and Spanish Language & Culture, and is currently based at Stirling University. In 2014, Jacky established the International Crime Fiction Festival Newcastle Noir, supporting arts in the North East whilst connecting readers with hundreds of authors from around the world. More recently, she has been venturing into local radio, co-hosting a fortnightly crime fiction programme on SpiceFM, hosting online literary events with the Honey & Stag events team, and is part of Corylus Books, a new indie publisher of crime fiction in translation.

Jess Faraday trained as a linguist and worked as an educator, lexicographer, and Russian translator before selling her first story, a high fantasy murder mystery, to a teeny, tiny, now-defunct ‘zine. She now writes historical mystery and suspense, sometimes with supernatural elements, and sometimes without. Her work has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Rainbow Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award.

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