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Val McDermid FRSE, FRSL

Distinguished Lecture Series - The Irresistible Rise of Murder and Mayhem

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In this lecture Val offers her take on the inexorable rise of the popularity of crime fiction.

  • From: Wednesday 20 February 2019, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 20 February 2019, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 12.00 pm
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Dubbed the ‘Queen of Crime’, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date across the globe and is translated into over 30 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published  several award-winning standalone novels, two books of non-fiction, two short story collections and a children’s picture book - My Granny is a Pirate.

A regular broadcaster with BBC Radio, Val has written dramas and presented programmes on Radio 4 and was also a huge success on the evergreen Desert Island Discs.  In early 2017 Val’s latest BBC Radio 4 drama series, Resistance, aired to great acclaim. It was produced as part of the Wellcome Trust’s Experimental Stories project and is currently being developed as a graphic novel. Val has fronted features for BBC Two’s The Culture Show and appeared several times as a panellist on BBC Question Time. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team!

She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure, the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011, the Stonewall Writer of the Year, and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. In 2012 she became a Celebrity Mastermind champion. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Harrogate Crime Festival and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Val has previously served as a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. Her story Resurrection: Message from the Skies will be a landmark conceptual installation in Edinburgh in January 2018. 2018 also sees her return to writing for the theatre after more than thirty years with Margaret Saves Scotland, a play for the popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint series.

Val was born in Kirkcaldy, a coastal town in the heart of the Scottish mining community. She graduated in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford - the first from a Scottish state school to do so - before going on to be an award winning journalist for sixteen years. Her first novel was published in 1987.  She is a lifelong Raith Rovers Football Club supporter and served for six years as a board director. She is the current home shirt sponsor, and also sponsors the U10 girls’ team shirts. Val’s other loves in life include walking, music, gaming and cooking. She writes full time and divides her time between Edinburgh and Cheshire.

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Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


Discounted city centre parking is available at Q-Park Talbot Street:

Q Park Talbot Street

Stanley Place



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