June 8: Bewdley Literary Festival
7.00 PM.With Vaseem Khan. https://bewdleyfestival.org.uk
June 12: In Conversation With Karin Slaughter
7.30 PM. Saint Martin-In-The Fields
St Martins Hall and Lightwell Room, London WC2N 4JJ https://thecwa.co.uk/event/karin-slaughter-in-conversation-with-mark-billingham
June 29: Glastonbury Festival
2.30 PM. The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE. The Acoustic Stage. https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
July 7: Cornbury Festival
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE. https://www.cornburyfestival.com
July 18-21: Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate
Friday, 19th: 9.00 PM. Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE. Saturday 20th: 3.30 PM. Blood, Guts and Gratuitous Violence. 10.00 PM. The Quiz, with Val McDermid. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/
August 2-4: Bute Noir
Saturday 3rd: 3.30 PM. The All-Star Game. With Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin. 7.30 PM. Uncensored, with Chris Brookmyre. http://butenoir.co.uk/2019-schedule/
August 22-23: Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thursday, 22nd, 8.45 PM: Their Little Secret. Interviewed by Fred Macauley. Spark Theatre. Friday 23rd, 9.00 PM: Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE. The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk
September 20-22: Bloody Scotland, Stirling
Saturday 21st, 5.oo PM: Albert Halls, with Richard Osman. Sunday 22nd, 5.30 PM: Albert Halls, with Stuart Macbride. https://bloodyscotland.com/events/
September 27-28: Capital Crime
Friday, 27th, 10.30 AM: The Interrogation Of Mark Billingham, with Graham Bartlett. Grand Connaught Rooms, London. http://www.capitalcrime.org/capital-crime-schedule/
AS OF JULY 2019.
Thanks to all those who shelled out to buy The Killing Habit when it came out last year in hardback. Now, it’s gorgeous paperback cousin has hit the bookshops (physical and online). No pressure, but my children need new shoes and I know where you live, so RUSH out and buy one. Or borrow one. Steal one if you absolutely have to.* As if that shameless plea for your patronage were not enough, the BRAND NEW Tom Thorne novel, Their Little Secret is now available. It’s one I’m hugely excited about. I know I always say that, but you know, this time I mean it. There’s the usual smattering of country music, there are murders (OBVS) and this one even has some sex in it, too. I KNOW!!
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – the rawking beat-combo featuring myself, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste – will be continuing to play while you shake your booty at festivals up and down the land in the second half of the year, with forthcoming shows in Harrogate, Cheltenham, Dundee and Newcastle. We have been working on some new songs to murder and will be returning to play one of our favourite venues at the Edinburgh Festival in August. As if this were not enough, we hit a high-point in what must surely be the best mid-life crisis EVER by playing at the Glastonbury Festival at the end of June. I know! Ridiculous, right? It was almost certainly an administrative error, but we were nevertheless ridiculously excited and took it in turns to shout “Hello Glastonbury!”
I’m currently working on a new book, as yet untitled, which will be published next year. It will represent 20 years of Thorne. IN 2020! How good is that? So there will be some very special events and exclusive publications to mark the anniversary, details of which those of you who can be bothered to look at this page will be the first to know. I promise.
So, I’m obviously still shamelessly pimping all manner of stuff – gobbing off at any opportunity at whichever bookshop, festival or street-corner will have me. There is a list of forthcoming events to promote Their Little Secret on the left of this page. Look…just over there! You do NOT want to miss a chance to come and heckle. I will sign my own books but am also happy to sign anyone else’s. I will dance for beer and small change. You can also sign up to receive my regular-ish newsletter which always has lots more information, lovely pictures and some cheap jokes. I don’t send them out nearly as often as I should, but the next one’s coming soon, I swear.
I’m always wasting my life on social media when I should probably be working and it is the quickest and easiest way to make contact if you want to send a message or tell me off about something. Come and say hello…
OK, that’s quite enough yapping. I’ve got a new book to write.
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Yours in crime, in country music, and in a predictably tasteless shirt,
*Don’t steal it!