Crime fiction is littered with the bodies of women, victims of violence perpetrated almost entirely by men and often in their own homes. At the same time, more women than ever find themselves fascinated by the genre, with up to 68 per cent of readers thought to be female.

Why is it that violence against women continues to pervade crime fiction? And what is it about these stories that has women so hooked? This panel features novelist and academic Heidi James, author and true crime expert Linda Stratmann, and author and travel writer, Kia Abdullah in conversation.

Join them as they explore the history of violence against women in fiction and the strides being made towards decentring female brutality within the genre.

About The Chair

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. She is the author of two novels; The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and two story collections; A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. Kirsty lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.

About The Authors

Heidi James

Heidi James’ novel So the Doves is The Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Month. Wounding was also published by Bluemoose Books in April, 2014. Her novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter (Neon Press) won the Saboteur Award. Her novel Carbon, was published by Blatt and is published in Spanish by El Tercer Nombre.

Linda Stratmann

Linda Stratmann is the author of twenty-five books, including thirteen non-fiction and two fiction series. The Frances Doughty mysteries set in 1880s Bayswater feature a determined young female sleuth. The Mina Scarletti series is set in 1870s Brighton in which a writer of ghost stories exposes fraudulent spirit mediums.

Kia Abdullah

Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and Lonely Planet, and is the founding editor of travel blog read by 200,000 people a month. Kia’s novel, Take It Back, is published in August by HarperCollins.