May 3: Stratford Literary Festival
5.45 PM. Stratford Playhouse. With Elly Griffiths.
May 5: Guernsey Literary Festival
With Erin Kelly.
May 9: Waterstones Newton Mearns
7.00 PM. With Chris Brookmyre.
May 10: Culture Perth & Kinross
7.00 PM. With Chris Brookmyre. Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-chris-brookmyre-and-mark-billingham-tickets-58364972203
May 11: Boswell Book Festival
5.00 PM. With Chris Brookmyre . Dumfries House, Ayrshire. https://www.boswellbookfestival.co.uk/index.php/buy-tickets/programme-2019/saturday-11-may
May 12: Tidelines Festival, Irvine
7.00 PM. With Chris Brookmyre. Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour St, Irvine. https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/tidelines-taster-chris-brookmyre-and-harbour-arts-centre-tickets/9250885
May 23: Sheffield Library
7.30 PM. With Erin Kelly. Sheffield Central Library, Surrey St, Sheffield, S1 2LH.
May 24: The Word, South Tyneside
7.00 PM. With Erin Kelly. National Centre For The Written Word, Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
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 & Gratuitous Violence. Saturday 20th: 10.00 PM. The Harrogate Crime Festival Grand Quiz. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/
AS OF MAY 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 coming year. We have been working on some new songs to murder and will be returning to two of our favourite venues at the Edinburgh Festival and at Aye Write in Glasgow. As if this were not enough, we can now announce that we will be performing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. I know! Ridiculous, right? It’s almost certainly a practical joke or an administrative error, but we are ridiculously excited to be playing on June 29 at 2.30 PM on the Acoustic stage. We are currently arguing about which of us gets 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!