They say blood is thicker than water. That's not going to stop it being spilled.
Releasing 24 August 2017.
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.
Catch me on the Stephen Nolan Show, 5Live, Fridays in the wee hours, 12 -1.
Fri 7 Lister Community School
Big thanks to the school for inviting me in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tue 17 Mirror EU Debate
What a lively debate this turned out to be.
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
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!
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.
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
Mon 11 The Guardian
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
Thu 27 Snatched eDay!
Snatched will be taking pride of place on digital bookshelves. Mac is back in this novella. Checkout Snatched Book Page.
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.
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.
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.
SAT 11 Saturday Review, 7:15pm Radio 4
I'll be joining Tom Sutcliffe and co to chat about this week's cultural happenings.
Thu 25 Crime in the Court
Come along to Goldsboro Books where crime authors meet crime fans. Check it out - Crime in the Court!
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.
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 4
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?
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 2
Talking heists and fiction with the amazing Michael Connelly
Wed 1 - 22 HMP Thameside
Creative Writing Workshops
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.
Thu 5 HMP Brixton
Guest speaker at an event with prison librarians hosted by the fab David Kendall from the Reading Agency
Fri 20 HMP ISIS
I'll be talking and answering questions with some of the residents.
Mon 12 The Robert Elms Show
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 Review
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.
Tue 30 Today
Lenny Henry, guest editor, hosted an historic edition, showcasing black and ethnic minority talent.
Mon 29 The Papers
Talking tomorrow's newspaper headlines
Mon 1 Brixton BookJam
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.
Sat 29 Black Book Swap
Watch this space for more details!
MoN 17 The National Alliance For Arts In Criminal Justice
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 Row
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 People
I'll be talking about my writing journey and Vendetta with the fab Karen Gabay. Really looking forward to this!
Thu 23 Lewisham Council
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 Show
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 Festival
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 Show
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 Show
I'll be spreading the word about The SI Leeds Literary Prize & talking about Vendetta
Sun 5 The Papers
Checking out tomorrow's newspaper headlines with Andrew Harrison and the amazing Martine Croxall.
Oct 1-14 Ilkley Literary Festival short story competition
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.
Thu 23 Front Row
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 Readings
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 Day
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!
Sun 24 The Papers
Early morning brekkie call discussing the news headlines.
Fri 22 Front Row
It's new crime drama time! I'll be chatting about Swedish drama Crimes of Passion on BBC Four.
Thu 21 Vanessa
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 Papers
Checking out tomorrow's news headlines with Kevin Schofield, Chief Political Editor, The Sun.
Tue 1 The Vanessa Show
Should girls stop going to Oxford University because they can’t handle the pressure? Catch me chatting to the fab Vanessa.
Fri 25 Front Row
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 Papers
Back with David Williamson and Martine Croxall talking about what's making the headlines.
Fri 27 Front Row
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 Papers
Catch me talking about tomorrow's newspaper headlines with David Williamson and Martine Croxall
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 Papers
What's getting the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers? Join me to find out.
Fri 25 The Mill
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 2014
World Book Night | @worldbooknight
I'm just SO looking forward to today!
I'll be meeting readers at the following events:
- HMP Holloway - giving out books and talking to some of the residents.
- Lewisham. The Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 7.30pm.
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 Review
I'll be joining Tom Sutcliffe and guests for another round up of this next week's cultural highlights.
Fri 11 BBC News 24
I'll be reviewing the coming headlines on The Papers
Wed 2 The Vanessa Show
Are people from ethnic minorities more healthy than white people in Britain? That's what a new report suggests.
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 Show
I'll be talking about the findings from a new report about the vulnerability of girls getting caught up in gangs.
Fri 21 Front Row
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 Radio
More getting our children reading.
Thu 6 The Voice Newspaper
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 Review
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 Row
I'll be reviewing and discussing Salamander the new Euro crime TV import on BBC 4.