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Wonderful memories & people on The Review Show

Highlights

World Book Night 2014

Geezer Girls has been selected for World Book Night! Hooray.

What an honour and thrill to be chosen to support this amazing literary event. One of the biggest passions in my life is reading. So can’t wait to roll up my sleeves supporting WBN and The Reading Agency to get more people reading. So watch this space for more news about WBN on April 23 2014.


SI Leeds Literary Prize

This is the amazing prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women. Check it out here.

Lucky me, I have been invited to be a Patron, which I snapped up!

Monday 22nd September, 7.30pm

At the Richmix I will be introducing the prize's shortlisted writers. This is a free event, so why don't you join us.

Wednesday 15 October, IIkley Literary Festival, 7.30pm

Yes it's prize time! The winner of this prestigious award will be announced. And yours truly will be making the keynote speech. Check it out.

Checkout below for more events I'll be doing with the good people at the Ilkley Festival


2012 and 2013 Hghlights

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House - The Big Question

Are Ballet and Opera elitist? I’ll be joining Ballet superstar, Gary Avis, director, Katie Mitchell and composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage to discuss the big question. The fab Sarah Compton will be keeping us in order. Checkout what we thought here.

Newsnight, BBC 2,

10.30pm Thursday 18th April

It’s been 20 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Has our society changed? Join me in this Newsnight special as I debate the question with other guests.

Guest Speaker at the Youth Justice Board Convention

Wednesday 23

A real honour to speak about running ‘Write-On’ as a pilot project for the YJB, with one student winning 3 Koestler Trust Awards. Checkout the Koestler Trust website for more information about the amazing work the Trust does. The video can be watched here.


The Review Show

Friday 29 July, BBC 2, 11pm

I'll be giving the Olympics a cultural twist with Tim Marlow, Bettany Hughes and Tom Morley. We'll be chatting about David Bailey's exhibition of his old manor, east London and the 2012 London Festival, running alongside the Olympics.


The Olympics Opening Ceremony, BBC World Service

Friday 27 July 2012, 9-11.30pm

I'll be in the Hare and Hound Pub in Hackney with the World Service Team and other guests to discuss the Big One we've all been waiting for - Danny Boyle's opening ceremony.

News

Blood Sister

Latest Books

Blood Mother

There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil. You make good, or you turn bad.

Releasing 23 February 2017.

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One False Move

One False Move

A thrilling 2017 Galaxy Quick Read about a young woman's race against time to save her family on the Flesh and Blood series' Devil's Estate.

Out now!

read more

 

Catch me on the Stephen Nolan Show, 5Live, Fridays in the wee hours, 12 -1.

2017

July

Fri 7 Lister Community School

Big thanks to the school for inviting me in.

May

Wed 24 Celebrity Eggheads, BBC 2 6pm

What a fun time I had with Kate Williams, Wendy Holden, Noreena Hertz and Jenny Colgan trying to outwit those braineads.

Mon 8 British Book Industry Awards

 

Wed 3 HMP Ranby

Apparently my books are going down a storm here so I'm going to talk about my books and life. Big thanks to Ranby's library service for the invite.

April

World Book Night

Sat 23 World Book Night 2017

Hooray! One false Move has been chosen as one of the many great books for this year’s World Book Night.

March

Tue 22 - 23 Book Of The Year Panel

What an honour to have been invited to join the judging panel for this year's awards. Can't wait to tuck into some amazing books.

Thu 9 AyeWrite Festival

I'll be up in Glasgow taking part in a criminally great panel.

February

Thu 23 Blood Mother Pub Day

A huge Squeal! Wow! I'm so proud of this book. I loved writing it and hope you love reading it too!

Wed 8 Dead Simple: Quick Reads Does CrimePrison radio

Come and join me and a fabulous panel of crime authors for a Quick Read Most Wanted Launch. Find Out More.

Thu 2 One False Move Pub Day 99p

Finally, it's here! One False Move hits bookshelves.

January

Tue 26 Celebrity Eggheads

Yes, I'm going to be on Celebrity Eggheads, so today I'm off to film in the fabulous Glasgow….watch this space!

Thu 19 Latymer School

Thanks so much to the members of the African-Caribbean for inviting me in to talk about my work and my life. Can't wait!

Wed 11 Warming The Blood

A chance to swap criminal stats - all fictional of course! - with other Hodder authors.

2016

The reading Agency

I'm thrilled and honoured to have become an Ambassador for The Reading Agency. Yippee! I can't tell you how much this means to me. I have admired them from afar for many years.

July

Fri 21 - 24 The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Fiction Festival

It's that time of the year when the quiet town of Harrogate becomes filled with crime... authors and readers. I'll be hosting a dinner table on Saturday and doing an event with my publisher Hodder, (which they're still being secretive about. Ummm!)

Sat 2 Saturday Review

Hooray! Back on a show I love to death. I'll be checking out some of this week's cultural happenings.

June

Thu 30 Speakers4Schools post-EU panel, 11am.

Robert Peston will be chairing this online panel discussion. This is very close to my heart as it's focus in working with children in state schools. Massive thanks to Robert and the charity for such stellar work.

Wed 22 Jeremy Paxman EU Audience Debate, Channel 4.

Jeremy Paxman EU Audience Debate.

Fri 17 Fawcett Society EU Debate, 6pm

Discussing women, women, women with Natalie Bennett and Caroline Criado-Perez.

Tue 14 National Theatre, Europe - In or Out? 5.45pm.

Focusing on the arts with Lord Kinnock, Lord Lawson and Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of CBI and little ol' me from East London. Evan Davis will be chairing.

Mon 13 Channel 4 news, 7pm

Discussing the EU with amazing writer and commentator Bidisha

Mon 6 - 11 Arvon Creative Crime Writing

My new set of partners in crime are crime author Tobias Jones and bestselling author Sophie Hannah at Arvon's The Hurst. Check it out.

Wed 1 Nicky Campbell, BBC 5 Live

Talking more EU. So enjoyed having a chat with Nicky.

May

Thu 26 BBC Question Time, 10:30pm

What an honour to be asked to take part in this iconic show. My mum and dad loved it!

Wed 25 HMP Elmley

I'll be going back to Elmley to talk about my life and, of course, books.

Mon 23 BBC Breakfast

Talking with the fab Caroline Criado-Perez about women and the EU.

Thu 19 Front Row, Radio 4, 7:15pm

Loved talking with Kirsty Lang and we'll be chatting about Jo Brand's new comedy series.

Wed 18 Guardian

It Ain't Easy Being A Black Brexiteer.

Tue 17 Mirror EU Debate

What a lively debate this turned out to be.

April

Sat 23 World Book Night Panel Discussion, The British Library, 7pm

I'll be talking about the place that books holds in my life at a gala event by WBN and The Reading Agency. Check it out World Book Night 2016

Mon 11 - 16 Moniack Mhor Creative Crime Writing

My partners in crime will be the bestselling Simon Brett and forensic professor Sue Black as we unleash participants crime writing skills. Find out more at Moniak Mhor

March

Tue 8 Women of the World Festival

I'll be joining bestselling author Sophie Hannah in a literary salon all about crime! More details about this and other WOW events

Mon 7 Galaxy Quick Reads 10th Anniversary Parliamentary Celebration

The amazing Quick Reads will be celebrating 10 years of truly groundbreaking publications at The House Of Commons. And lucky me has been invited!

February

Thu 11 Kimberley Chambers Tainted Love Book Launch, Waterstones Lakeside, 6:30 pm

What an absolute honour it is for me to be interviewing The Sunday Times' No.1 Bestselling author Kimberely Chambers about her new book Tainted Love. Checkout Kim's Website - kimberleychambers.com

Thu 18 Prison radio

I'm going to be interviewed on Prison Radio.

January

Tue 26 Black Women's Art Network in Partnership with the Young Vic

Massive thanks to the amazing Yolanda for inviting me to be the first guest speaker at this exciting network.Look out for Yolanda - she's going places!

Sun 24 Paper Review, Radio 4, 9:30am

I'll be joining the wonderful Paddy O'Connell and guests to review and chat about the Sunday Papers.

Sat 23 Hodder Crime Party!

Oh, I do adore a good party! A chance to mingle and swap bloody stories with crime and thriller authors from Hodder, Headline and Quercus and reviewers and bloggers.

Tue 19 The Guardian

Link: "And the Oscar boycott award goes to Spike, Jada and Snoop"

Mon 11 The Guardian

Link: Would you buy a used housing estate from David Cameron?

Sat 9 Saturday Review, Radio 4, 7:15pm

I'll be chatting with Sophie Hannah, David Sneider and Tom Sutcliffe about this week's cultural happenings, including Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight and musical Guys & Dolls. I do lurve a cracking musical!

Sat 2 Stephen Nolan Show, 5Live, 11pm - Midnight

Every Saturday this month, I'll be reviewing Sunday's Papers

2015

Snatched

August

Thu 27 Snatched eDay!

Snatched will be taking pride of place on digital bookshelves. Mac is back in this novella. Checkout Snatched Book Page.

 

 

October

Mon 19-24 Arvon Foundation Crime Writing Residential Course

I'll be co-tutoring with the amazing Frances Fyfield - again! Lucky me. Watch this space for more details.

September

SAT 12 Writing The Future, 10:30

Come join us at Waterstone's in Piccadilly for an amazing day talking about writing! The fantastic Joy Francis from Words of Colour will be interviewing me at mid-day. Thanks to Words of Colour and Spread The Word for hosting. Check it out.

August

Thu 27 Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm

I'll be joining the fab Kirsty Lang to discuss ITV new crime drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose. Love Ray Winstone!

Sun 16 The Guardian

My thoughts on living in a cycling friendly zone and local politics. Check it out here.

Mon 3 Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm

I'll be chatting about creepy psych thriller The Gift.

July

SAT 11 Saturday Review, 7:15pm Radio 4

I'll be joining Tom Sutcliffe and co to chat about this week's cultural happenings.

June

Thu 25 Crime in the Court

Come along to Goldsboro Books where crime authors meet crime fans. Check it out - Crime in the Court!

May

SUN 24 Greenwich Book Festival

I'm on a killer crime panel with authors Kate Rhodes, Sabine Durant and Carol Donaghue.

TUE 12 The Guardian

Check out my article on why I LOVE the sassy show Empire. I got to chat to co-creator Danny Strong. Wowie!!! Love Love Empire.

FRI 1 The Late Election Show, Newsnight

A tongue-in-cheek panel discussion including the wow Billy Bragg about the election.

April

Wed 29 Stratford Literary Festival, Guardian Masterclass and World Book Night

Wowie! Just love going up to Stratford. As part of World Book Night I'll be running a creative writing workshop at HMP Long Lartin.

Tue 28 Stratford Literary Festival, Guardian Masterclass and World Book Night

Wowie! Just love going up to Stratford. Ever wanted to start writing that crime novel? Join me for a Guardian Masterclass at the festival. Find out more.

Fri 17 Front Row Radio 4Friday 17 April, 7:15pm

Empire - Dreda reviews the show that's taken America by storm and will be here on E4.

Wed 15 Guardian Live Debate – Is there diversity in the arts?7 – 9 pm

This is a subject I've got heaps to say! I'll be joining Ben Stephenson, BBC Controller of drama, Ben Oguns, MBE, Chris Bryant MP and David Lan, Director of the Young Vic. The fabulous Mark Lawson will be asking the questions. Join us. Find out more.

Tue 14 Newsnight BBC 2Tuesday, 10:30pm

Talking heists and fiction with the amazing Michael Connelly

Newsnight - Michael Connelly

Wed 1 - 22 HMP Thameside

Creative Writing Workshops

March

Mon 30 HMP East Sutton Park

Talking with prisoners about my life and work

Thu 16 HMP Pentoville

Talking with prisoners about my life and journey to becoming a writer.

Fri 6 BBC News 24 – The Papers

It's that time of the month again when I'm given the honour of reviewing the headlines. I'll be joining the fab Martine Croxall and David Williamson.

February

Thu 5 HMP Brixton

Guest speaker at an event with prison librarians hosted by the fab David Kendall from the Reading Agency

January

Fri 20 HMP ISIS

I'll be talking and answering questions with some of the residents.

Mon 12 The Robert Elms ShowBBC Radio London, 12.15pm

I'm going to become a Listed Londoner. Hooray! This is Robert's regular interview with the great and good of London finding out what they think about their city. What's my favourite building? What's my favourite day out in the city? Tune in to find out.

Sat 2 Saturday ReviewRadio 4, 7.15pm

Hooray! Back on Saturday Review and it's the first edition of the new year. Chatting with David Aaronovitch, Naomi Alderman and the fab Tom Sutcliffe.

2014

December

Tue 30 TodayRadio 4

Lenny Henry, guest editor, hosted an historic edition, showcasing black and ethnic minority talent.

Mon 29 The PapersBBC News Channel 24

Talking tomorrow's newspaper headlines

Mon 1 Brixton BookJam8-10.30pm

Big thanks to Zelda for the invite to do a reading from Vendetta. Be great to see you there! More info at the Brixton BookJam website.

November

Sat 29 Black Book Swap

Watch this space for more details!

MoN 17 The National Alliance For Arts In Criminal JusticeThe South Bank Centre, 6-9pm Anne Peaker Lecture and Panel Debate

I will be taking part in the panel debating a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the impact of the arts in the criminal justice system. There will also be a performance and drinks reception. Why not join us! For more information and to book a place checkout the website

Mon 10 Front RowRadio 4, 7:15pm

Wowie, I'll be chatting with the fab Kirsty Lang about Vendetta. Big big thanks to Rebecca and Kirsty for having me on one of my fav shows.

Thu 6 VENDETTA PUBLICATION DAY!!!

Vendetta hits ebook shelves, Asda and bookshops. Love to read your reviews on Amazon.

Sun 2 The PeopleBBC Manchester Radio, 6.30pm

I'll be talking about my writing journey and Vendetta with the fab Karen Gabay. Really looking forward to this!

October

Thu 23 Lewisham CouncilLewisham

A real honour to be asked to be a guest speaker at Lewisham council’s annual Black and Minority Staff Forum. Plus, later that day, I’ll on The Indie Book Show. Will be a great day!

Tue 21 The Vanessa ShowRadio London 9:30am

I'll be chatting to the the lady herself, Vanessa, about Mike Read's Calypso UKIP song. Umm, Calypso and UKIP just don't go together in the same sentence!

Tue 21 Kudos Television Production Company and The Bush Theatre

I'll be speaking to theatre and TV writers about writing crime in the novel format. This is the third year of the joint writing scheme between Kudos and The Bush Theatre. Lucky me; I adore The Bush Theatre and love kudos productions, like Broadchurch.

Thu 16 Ilkley Literary Festival, crime fiction creative writing workshop.

Want to find out some of the ins and outs about writing crime fiction? Then join me as I facilitate this interactive and fun workshop. Places are limited to 15.

Wed 15 IIkley Literary Festival7.30pm

Yes it's prize time! The winner of this prestigious award will be announced. And yours truly will be making the keynote speech. Check it out.

Sun 8 The Dotun Adebayo ShowBBC Radio London, 8-10pm

I'll be joining a panel discussion on 'togetherness' in the black community.

Mon 6 London Live

I'll be spreading the word again about The SI Leeds Literary Prize talking with the superb Claudia-Liza Armah, Mid-day

Sun 5 The Gaby Roslin ShowBBC Radio London, 3pm

I'll be spreading the word about The SI Leeds Literary Prize & talking about Vendetta

Sun 5 The PapersBBC News Channel, 10.30 & 11.30pm

Checking out tomorrow's newspaper headlines with Andrew Harrison and the amazing Martine Croxall.

Oct 1-14 Ilkley Literary Festival short story competitionEarly October

So many honours I've been given this year, including being this year's judge of festival's short story competition. Always fancied yourself as a short writer? Then click the link for more details.

Closing date: Friday 1st August.

September

Thu 23 Front RowRadio 4, 7.15

I'll be joining the fab John Wilson to talk about the new BBC crime drama The Driver starring a trio of my fav actors, David Morrisey, Colm Meaney and Ian Hart.

Mon 22 SI Leeds Literary Prize ReadingsRichmix

At the Richmix I will be introducing the prize's shortlisted writers. This is a free event, so why don't you join us.

Mon 8 11 Downing Street, International Literacy Day11 Downing Street

On behalf of The Reading Agency and by kind permission of Frances Osborne, I have been invited to a reception to celebrate the success of the agency’s Six Book Challenge. Such an honour for me!

August

Sun 24 The PapersBBC News Channel, 9.35am

Early morning brekkie call discussing the news headlines.

Fri 22 Front RowBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

It's new crime drama time! I'll be chatting about Swedish drama Crimes of Passion on BBC Four.

Thu 21 VanessaBBC Radio London, 11.35am

I'll be discussing the open letter that Lenny Henry and other high profile names in the media wrote to all British broadcasters about the need for more Black and ethnic minorities in front and behind the camera on television. It's about time!

Wed 20 The Guardian

Checkout my piece We need more working class politicians.

Fri 15 The PapersBBC News Channel, 10.30 & 11.30pm

Checking out tomorrow's news headlines with Kevin Schofield, Chief Political Editor, The Sun.

Tue 1 The Vanessa ShowBBC Radio London 10.45 am

Should girls stop going to Oxford University because they can’t handle the pressure? Catch me chatting to the fab Vanessa.

July

Fri 25 Front RowBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

I’m a documentary fiend! So lucky me getting to review and talk about new doc on the bloc The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden.

Fri 4 The PapersBBC News 24, 10.30 pm & 11.25pm

Back with David Williamson and Martine Croxall talking about what's making the headlines.

June

Fri 27 Front RowBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

I'm a big fan of TV series Mrs Brown's Boys. But will I be as charmed about the movie Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie.

Fri 6 The PapersBBC News 24, 10.30 pm & 11.25pm

Catch me talking about tomorrow's newspaper headlines with David Williamson and Martine Croxall

May

Mon 26 The Guardian

Monday 26 -

Is writer Sally Wainwright's edgy crime drama Happy Valley too violent? Check out what I think - Happy Valley is violent. So is real life.

Wed 21 Tower Hamlets Council Book Club

I'll be chatting about Hit Girls. Big thanks to Bernadette for inviting me back.

Fri 9 The PapersBBC News 24: 10.30 pm & 11.25pm

What's getting the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers? Join me to find out.

April

Fri 25 The Mill7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow London E17 7HA, 7.30-9.00pm

Why do writers write? Why do readers read? Many thanks to Alice for inviting me to The Mill to talk about writing and reading. This is a free event where each person attending will receive a free copy of Geezer Girls

Wed 23 World Book Night 2014Geezer Girls has been selected for World Book Night! Hooray.

web World Book Night | Twitter @worldbooknight

World Book Night 2014

I'm just SO looking forward to today!

I'll be meeting readers at the following events:

Mon 24 The Guardian

The arts are SO important to our children's education. So why are they slipping off the school curriculum. Checkout out It's clear this government doesn't value the arts in schools.

Sat 18 Saturday ReviewBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

I'll be joining Tom Sutcliffe and guests for another round up of this next week's cultural highlights.

Fri 11 BBC News 2410.30pm and 11.30pm

I'll be reviewing the coming headlines on The Papers

Wed 2 The Vanessa ShowBBC Radio London

Are people from ethnic minorities more healthy than white people in Britain? That's what a new report suggests.

March

Mon 24 Article in The Guardian

A response to the the qualifications of two leading academics, who are black and asian and women being challenged. Check it out. Yes, Daily Mail - black and Asian women can be qualified to talk.

Sun 23 Sunday Morning ShowRadio London, 10.30 am

I'll be talking about the findings from a new report about the vulnerability of girls getting caught up in gangs.

Fri 21 Front RowBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

Lucky me coming back to review more crime. Norwegian crime series, Mammon, on Channel 4. Will this continue our love affair with Euro crime?

Sun 6 BBC Berkshire Radio8.30pm

More getting our children reading.

Thu 6 The Voice Newspaper

Getting all our children reading!

February

Thu 27 Nokia Remarkable Women Dinner

It is just so wonderful to be able to sit and talk to other women and find out about their extraordinary lives. They are an inspiration. Good luck to Liz and her baby! Check us out here.

Sat 15 Saturday Review7.15pm

I'll be joining Natalie Haynes, David Aaronovitch and of course the fab Tom Sutcliffe to run our eye over some of this week's cultural highlights.

Fri 7 Front RowBBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

I'll be reviewing and discussing Salamander the new Euro crime TV import on BBC 4.

Martina Cole and Me...

...in conversation with Mark Lawson on BBC radio 4's Front Row.


OpenBook,August 2012

Stuart MacBride

I presented a feature on Scottish Noir. Find out what music bestselling author Stuart McBride likes to listen to as he crafts his bestselling books.