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March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction
  • Golden Age of Crime

Celebrating Dorothy (Sold Out)

Simon Brett, Jill Paton Walsh & Frances Fyfield. Chaired by Seona Ford


Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
(£5 27yrs and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948
Image courtesy The Dorothy L Sayers Society

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of ‘Golden Age’ crime-writer Dorothy L Sayers. To celebrate her life and work, we bring together Simon Brett, Jill Paton Walsh and Frances Fyfield, three contemporary crime writers who have all been inspired by Dorothy, and are continuing the legacy she left behind in their own unique ways.

More about the speakers:

Frances Fyfield started her career in the Metropolitan Police before working for the Crown Prosecution Service. Heavily influenced by Dorothy L Sayers, many of her books have been adapted for television and have been translated into 14 languages all over the world. francesfyfield.co.uk

Jill Paton Walsh CBE is a novelist and children’s writer. She is best known the Lord Peter Wimsey–Harriet Vane mysteries that have completed or continued the work of Dorothy L Sayers. greenbay.co.uk/jpw

Simon Brett OBE is a radio producer and writer. For five years he was president of the Detection Club, founded in 1930 by leading detective novelists including Dorothy L Sayers. The Detection Club has published many books, most famously the ‘round-robin’ novel The Floating Admiral in 1931. 2016 sees the publication of The Sinking Admiral, written in the collaborative style of those early books, by present day club members. simonbrett.com

Seona Ford is chair of the Dorothy L Sayers Society, founded in 1976 to promote the study of the life, works and thoughts of this great scholar and writer. www.sayers.org.uk


This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend in Southend-on-Sea on 11 & 12 March.

FESTIVAL 4 – MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks – Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online.

PARK INN PALACE HOTEL OFFER: Make a Weekend of It! Special room rates for those attending Golden Age of Crime events over the weekend.


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