‘a fast paced thriller. The author is a good storyteller, keeping the suspense throughout.’ [Invisible]


Getting out of the house

UnknownWriting a novel is of necessity a solitary occupation. It is important to get out of the house sometimes. So it was that last Friday I headed off to Edinburgh to the Crime Writers Association conference. I was born and grew up on the north-east coast and am always happy to find myself heading north – and what a fabulous city Edinburgh is. And what a literary one: Waverley is the only railway station in the world named after a novel and the Scott monument is the largest monument to an author in the world. It’s the city too of Robert Louis Stevenson and Conan Doyle – and also of the notorious grave-robbers and murderers, Burke and Hare, and of Deacon Brodie, respectable cabinet-maker and town councillor by day, libertine and leader of a gang of burglars by night. He was hanged on a gibbet he had designed himself and may have been the inspiration for Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde.

And talking of crime, 20170423_144815what a great bunch my fellow crime-writers are. Perhaps it is because we save our dark side for our writing, but in real life there is no friendly or more convivial group of people. And as always it was lovely to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, like Leigh Russell with whom I shared a table at an event in Blackwell’s. There were fascinating talks by distinguished pathologists, a former head of CID, and a retired Deputy Chief Constable; there was a cracking after dinner speaker, the Rt Hon Leeona, Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk.

What a pity it is only once a  year. Roll on Shrewsbury next April!


  1. Margot Kinberg
    April 26, 2017

    Sounds like you had a lovely time, and I’m very happy for you! Couldn’t agree more about what a great group of people crime writers are. I am so lucky to have met so many of them (such as yourself). It’s a real privilege.

    • Christine Poulson
      April 26, 2017

      Thanks, Margot. Yes, it is lovely getting out and meeting people, but being part of such a supportive on-line community is great,too.

  2. moira @ClothesInBooks
    April 30, 2017

    Great – so glad you made it to this, I’m sure it was a big lift to the spirits and just the thing. Especially with spring coming.


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