Crime writing has sunk its teeth into Bradford, playing on the city’s unique history, northern grit and diverse communities. Thrilling new novels by authors such as our bestselling panelists, A.A. Dhand and Liz Mistry, have hit the top of the fiction charts, providing twisted glimpses into a beloved city of familiar streets suddenly dark, deceiving and dangerous.

As proud Bradfordians, both Dhand and Mistry craft sordid fictional takes on their home city by inverting its strong sense of community and cultural identity. In this event, chair Michael Stewart and our expert panel will discuss what it is about the character of Bradford that keeps it at the forefront of this new, distinctly northern, noir phenomenon.

About The Speakers

A.A. Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a convenience store. He worked in London as a pharmacist and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and began writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.

Liz Mistry

Liz Mistry grew up in Scotland but moved to Bradford thirty years ago. Both her Gus McGuire books and her new series featuring Nikki Parekh are gritty Bradford-based, Northern noir. She describes Bradford as Warm, Rich and Fearless and draws on the rich diversity of the city.

About The Host

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart’s debut novel, King Crow, was published by Bluemoose Books in 2011. It is the winner of the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. His other books include: Couples, Café Assassin and a short story collection, Mr Jolly. His latest novel, Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, is published by HarperCollins.