Mark Billingham and Erin Kelly in conversation

£5 per person

Suitable for ages 16+

Join best-selling authors Mark Billingham and Erin Kelly as they head to The Word to discuss their writing careers, read from their latest novels and entertain us with some of their hilarious stories!


About Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham began his career as an actor, his credits including small-screen greats such as Dempsey & Makepeace, Birds of a Feather, Juliet Bravo and four series of cult children’s classic Maid Marian And Her Merry Men. Whilst continuing his relationship with TV through writing for a variety of shows, he branched out into stand-up comedy and worked all over the world for more than twenty years, appearing regularly at The Comedy Store, as well as on screen with Spitting Image, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Live At Jongleurs. He has gone on to present widely on TV and radio, hosting shows including Going Live, TV’s Favourite Detective, Passport to Murder, Mark Billingham’s Rule Book of Crime and documentaries on everything from Patricia Highsmith to Columbo. He has also showcased his peculiar and largely useless ability to retain trivia on radio and TV shows such as Quote Unquote, The Write Stuff, Pointless Celebrities, Eggheads and Celebrity Mastermind, which he won, thanks to knowing far more than is healthy about Elvis Costello.

A Sunday Times number one bestseller, Mark’s first crime novel was published in 2001. Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller and was later singled out by The Times as one of the novels that had shaped the decade. It has since sold over 650,000 copies. Since then, each of Mark’s novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. His sales total more than 4.5 million copies to date, and his books are published in over 25 countries.

The series featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne includes The Dying Hours, Lifeless, Good As Dead, Time Of Death and Love Like Blood. Lazybones and Death Message both won the Theakstons Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year. Mark’s latest novel, The Killing Habit will be published in June 2018.

About Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind, He Said/She Said, Stone Mothers and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. Her last novel He Said/ She Said spent six weeks in the top ten in both hardback and paperback, was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar crime novel of the year award, and selected for both the Simon Mayo Radio 2 and Richard & Judy Book Clubs. She has worked as a freelance journalist since 1998 and written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Red, Elle, Cosmopolitan and The Pool. Born in London in 1976, she lives in north London with her husband and daughters.

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