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June 3, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - June 4, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
  • A Criminally Good Day

A Criminally Good Weekend

Jackie Malton, Lady Unchained, Ruth Ware, James Naughtie
Photo of the outside of Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich


Electric Palace, King's Quay Street
Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER United Kingdom
or £8 (Under 27s, Students and Unwaged) per event. Buy 3 events, get 4th free.

A Criminally Good Weekend

Join us for some fabulous criminally good author talks and events plus our very first silent film screening at one of Essex’s leading cultural venues and the one of oldest of its kind in the UK, Harwich’s Electric Palace.

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June

Electric Palace, Harwich

Tickets: £10 / £8 per event

Box Office: Online or via Mercury Theatre 01206 573948


A Criminally Good Ticket Deal

Buy a ticket to 3 events, get the 4th event free:

Sat 3rd 1.30pm – Jackie Malton
Sat 3rd 3.00pm – Lady Unchained
Sat 3rd 5.00pm – Ruth Ware
Sun 4th 11.30am – James Naughtie

Discount automatically applied at checkout when tickets for all 4 events are booked. (Please note, the silent film is not included in the Criminally Good Ticket Deal.)



Please note, the date of James Naughtie’s event has changed since our festival brochure was printed. This event is now taking place on Sunday 4th June.
It is at the same venue and time – Electric Palace Harwich at 11.30am.



Saturday 03 June

Jackie Malton – The Real Prime Suspect

Image of book cover for The Real Prime Suspect alongside photo of author Jackie Malton

The Real Prime Suspect is a jaw-dropping, gritty memoir from Jackie Malton (with Helene Mullholland). Former DCI, Malton, is the inspiration for legendary TV detective Jane Tennison in Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. Jackie will be taking a frank look at her prolific career and the challenges she faced as a gay woman working within The Metropolitan Police.


Lady Unchained – Behind Bars

Book cover image of Behind Bars alongside photo of author Lady Unchained

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear poet, broadcaster, storyteller, TEDx speaker and mentor, Lady Unchained (Brenda Birungi) whose mission is to prove that there is life after prison. Through poetry she tells her own personal story and the stories of those with experience of the criminal justice system that are often left untold, because of shame, stigma and negative labels.


Ruth Ware – Marple

Photo of author Ruth Ware alongside image of Marple book cover

We are delighted to welcome #1 New York Times-bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game to our Criminally Good Day. Ruth Ware is one of twelve remarkable and acclaimed authors to create brand-new short stories starring Agatha Christie’s iconic sleuth Miss Marple. Ware will be talking about her delightfully thrilling new mystery entitled Miss Marple’s Christmas.


Silent Film – Sherlock, Jr.

Join us for a wonderfully unique opportunity to see a silent film screening at one of the world’s oldest and least altered purpose-built cinemas. This film will be screened using the cinemas original 1911 silent screen.

Sherlock Jr. (1924) (dir. Buster Keaton) – A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life.

Tickets: £8 adult, £4 child
For more information and booking details visit electricpalace.com

Please note, the silent film is not included in the Criminally Good Day ticket deal.


Sunday 04 June

James Naughtie – The Spy Across the Water

Renowned journalist and broadcaster James Naughtie will be kicking-off our Criminally Good Day in style. The thrilling third novel from one of our most treasured BBC broadcasters, The Spy Across The Water, follows Will Flemyng on a dangerous journey into his clandestine past, from conflict in Ireland to the long shadows of the Cold War.


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Electric Palace
King's Quay Street
Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER United Kingdom
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Wheelchair users can access the cinema from the street by a ramp (1 in 12) to the disabled access. On arrival please request a member of staff to open this door for you.

Seating in the Auditorium for wheelchair users
There are four places for wheelchair users near the front of the seating block and there are handrails down both aisles.

The toilet for disabled people is located at the screen end of the cinema

Induction Loop
The cinema has installed an induction loop for use by individuals with hearing impairment.

Please ask the manager or any available member of staff for assistance if you require it. We will be happy to help wherever possible.

For the latest information on accessibility at Electric Palace visit electricpalace.com/info/visit-us