Bad Mothers at Heffers, Cambridge

6 Feb 2020

You’re invited on a journey into the darker side of motherly love . . .

Motherhood in fiction is often portrayed as tender, blissful perfection but, as every mother knows, there are darker sides too – loss, despair, fear, exhaustion, confusion. Join leading suspense authors Sarah Vaughan and Lucy Atkins at Heffers as they discuss why they are drawn to the complicated reality of motherhood, and why this intensity and dysfunction is rich material for any writer.

23rd April 2020

Tickets for the event are priced at £6.00 in advance or £7.00 on the door, and can be purchased through this page, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop.

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Event begins at 6.30 pm and ends at 8.00 pm

Crime & Wine

6 Feb 2020

Lucy Atkins, Sarah Vaughan and Cara Hunter at Waterstones, Oxford

Lucy and Sarah will be joined by Cara Hunter who will be chairing the discussion about Lucy and Sarah’s new novels Magpie Lane and Little Disasters. All three authors are masters of creating sophisticated and beautifully written suspense novels, so this is an event not to be missed!

20th May 2020 7pm-8pm Buy Tickets here

‘The Art of Intrigue’ Oxford Literary Festival 2020

6 Feb 2020

What keeps readers reading? What makes some novels impossible to put down?

Spy novelist Mick Herron and suspense novelist Lucy Atkins discuss the ins and outs of hooking readers and creating complex, character-driven thrillers in this one hour discussion. Part of Oxford Literary Festival.

10am Thursday 2nd April 2020

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Creative Writing Masterclass

6 Feb 2020

Lucy Atkins and Mick Herron at Chipping Norton Literary Festival

24th April 2020

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Award-winning authors, Lucy Atkins and Mick Herron, lead this comprehensive, invaluable creative writing masterclass.

11:00 – 13:00
1. To plan or not to plan? (& how to do both). Beginnings and endings. Plotting basics.
2. Settings: why they matter, how to choose one, the difference a setting makes.

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:00
3. Creating believable characters: how to develop both main characters and extras. Using detail, interactions, backstory & dialogue to build characterisation.
4. Page turning techniques: how to keep the reader reading. How to create intrigue, and raise the stakes.

Food & Conversation at Northcote

13 Aug 2019

Friday 16th August, 2019

Mick Herron: An Evening of Espionage

4 Jun 2019

I’m pleased to say that on 27th June I get to ask Mick Herron, author of the bestselling Slough House spy series, about his writing habits, whether he and Jackson Lamb share many characteristics, and, perhaps most importantly, how much farting is too much. Mick & I have had many cups of coffee in Blackwell’s whilst trying not to meet our deadlines. He is obviously way worse at this than me since Joe Country is his 6th Slough House novel. Book a place here

Waterstones Oxford Crime & Wine Event

4 Jun 2019

On 13th June 2019 I’ll be talking to two excellent novelists in Oxford: Sadie Jones (The Snakes) and Kate Hamer (Crushed), about writing suspenseful fiction, and tackling dark, complex themes. Book tickets here

Gibraltar Literary Festival November 2018

25 Oct 2018

Creepy Criminals:

How to write Suspense, Crime and Thrillers

With Peter Kemp

Nov 18th

John Mackintosh Hall

In this discussion-based session, Lucy Atkins offers techniques, tips and tactics for aspiring authors. Lucy talks about how she crafts her own ‘noir’ fiction, exploring her writing process – from plotting (or not) to researching beetles for The Night Visitor, and getting up at 5am to write. She will focus specifically on techniques for creating suspense and tension – and why every author needs them. The session will include information for aspiring authors on how to find a literary agent, and how to get a book published.

Tickets here 


Wantage Literary Festival – Saturday 27 October 2018

25 Oct 2018






Fiction Masterclass – How to get your Book Published

Lucy Atkins and Fanny Blake

Saturday 27th October 12.30pm @ The Beacon

Join this expert master class on how to get your novel published. Everything from editing, agents, publishing, will be discussed. Lucy and Fanny are two award-winning bestselling authors, one a Costa judge, the other an ex-Penguin editor. Come armed with your questions! £10

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Fiction Panel with Nicola Cornick, Lucy Atkins and Fanny Blake.

Saturday 27th October 2.15pm @ The Beacon

Too good an opportunity to miss! Thriller writer Lucy Atkins and romantic novelist Fanny Blake are joined by international historical bestselling author Nicola Cornick. They will be discussing their personal experiences and love of writing. This event will be compered by Vivien McCoubrey.


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July Events: Blackwell’s Oxford Crime Writers Panel

9 Jul 2018

Blackwell’s new Westgate shop has a big tree in it (see pic). I am envisaged us gathered round it with ukeleles…Here’s the info:


Blackwell’s Westgate is thrilled to host a panel of fantastic crime writers to discuss their new books on 24th July 2018. The authors will introduce their books and writing, as well as discussing crime fiction.

Lucy Atkins – The Night Visitor

JP Delaney – Believe Me

Cara Hunter – In The Dark

Olivia Kiernan – Too Close To Breathe

Crime Fiction is booming in the UK and sales of crime writing and thrillers growing faster than other fiction genres. Much of this growth has been driven by psychological thrillers. We look forward to listening in on the authors’ conversations and hearing why they think British readers love crime so much!

The event will be chaired by Barry Forshaw.

At the end of the discussion there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience and the chance to have your books signed by Lucy, JP, Cara and Olivia. A free glass wine will be served to customers in the bookshop during this event.

Tickets are £5. You can purchase online but if you buy your ticket at Blackwell’s Westgate or by phone 01865 980380, you can save the online fee.

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