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Connecting Conversations With Val McDermid

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Crime Doesn't Pay, but it Makes Good Reading

What draws us to read about human taboos like murder, incest, and violence? Is it because we all secretly get a dark sadist pleasure out of it, because we are interested in understanding how the criminal mind works, or that we just like a good detective mystery that gets us asking 'who dunnit?'

Founder of the Harrogate Crime Festival,Val McDermid, and group analyst Sue Einhorn explore the underworld of crime fiction in a discussion organised by Conneting Conversations. The event costs 9.50, and will be held at Kings Place on the 12th May.

Born in the Scottish mining community of Kirkcaldy, award winning writer, Val McDermid, was the first person from a Scottish state school to graduate from Oxford with a degree in English. She had a sixteen-year career in journalism, before publishing her first novel in 1987. Today, McDermid has written twenty-six best sellers. She has recently written her first children's book, My Granny is a Pirate, and her latest novel, Cross and Burn will be released on the 27th April.

After starting out as a literary agent, then spending many years in youth work, Sue Einhorn began a career in psychotherapy, which now spans over twenty-five years. She works with groups, couples, and individuals, as well as working with Freedom from Torture.
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Why? Interesting insight into crime fiction
When: 12th May, 7.30pm
Phone: 07975 758 756
Where: King's Place
Cost: 9.50
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