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June 11 @ 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • A Criminally Good Day
  • Author talk
  • Crime Fiction
  • For Writers
  • FREE
  • In partnership
  • Outside
  • Storytelling
  • Workshop
  • Young Essex

Criminally Good Day

Family-friendly day of festivities
T100 Drone - Credit Mark Surry - Unique Imaging 3x2


High House Production Park, Vellacott Close
Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1RJ United Kingdom

With ‘Midnight Robber’, the giant skeleton puppet, on the loose, a great mix of crime-writer events and workshops for all ages, an intriguing heritage walk, children’s craft workshops, plus some criminally good storytelling – make sure you don’t miss out on the festivities at High House Production Park.


Date and time: Saturday 11th June, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: High House Production Park, Vellacott Close, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex, RM19 1RJ


Free Activities throughout the day – Drop-in, no booking required

Visit the Earthling Tent, in partnership with Thurrock Library – help us to Solve the World’s Worst Crime – the Climate Emergency. The tent will be packed with story-telling, writing and bunting-making. Plus you’ll be able to plant acorns with Essex author Ray Starr who has just published the first in her trilogy of books, Earthlings.

Watch out for the Midnight Robber – a giant puppet who will be wandering the site throughout the day

The Great Big Book Giveaway – your chance to pick a free book in exchange for a visit to the Earthlings Tent where you will be invited to join in the quest to Solve the World’s Worst Crime by writing your own pledge.

Take a look at Kinetika’s massive silk screen flags which will be on display. Kinetika will also be doing a procession of their Platinum Jubilee flags to the site, and will be opening up their studio to show how the flags were made and the inspiration behind them. Here is a link to this amazing project: kinetika.co.uk

Heritage tours by a leading Dracula expert

Children’s workshop with Essex Police Museum

Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair – A super comfy treat for book lovers young and old to enjoy some wonderful stories out loud.

Why not make a day of it and bring a picnic. There are lots of beautiful areas to sit and enjoy your lunch in between the activities.



Children’s Workshops – All free but booking is essential

11.00am Sade Fadipe
Fun Stories from Far Away

Sade Fadipe A Fun ABC 3x2

Storytelling in claps, rhymes and rhythms, with arts and craft activities too, for ages 4+

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2.00pm Emily Kenny
Heroes and Villains

Emily Kenny Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks

A jam-packed writing workshop to discover some cunning writing secrets, for ages 8-12.

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3.30pm Catherine Emmett
Once Upon a Story…

Catherine Emmett King of the Swamp

Learn the key ingredients for your own story writing, for ages 7-11 year.

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Author Events – Book early to avoid disappointment

11.00am Fiona Cummins and Holly Seddon
Exploring the dark side… 

Fiona Cummins and Holly Seddon

Discussing how to write dangerously dark fiction that still has heart and finding fresh ways to kill people… in a strictly literary sense.

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1.30pm J.A. Corrigan and Sarah Linley
The Bad Sister and The Wedding Murders

JA Corrigan and Sarah Linley

Hear from two exciting new crime fiction writers as they discuss their gripping new novels.

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3.30pm Dreda Say Mitchell and Ryan Carter
Say Her Name

Dreda Say Mitchell Say Her Name book cover

‘Britain’s finest crime fiction writer’ – Lee Child

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Writing Workshops – Spaces limited, book early

10.00am Story is King with J.A. Corrigan

JA Corrigan and The Bad Sister

Exploring the fundamental principles of Story and Plat

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12.00 midday How to Build a Baddie with Syd Moore

Syd Moore

What makes fictional villains tick?

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1.45pm Creating a bookish podcast on a shoestring with Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon and Honest Authors podcast 3x2

Author Holly Seddon, of the popular The Honest Authors’ Podcast, will give you a whistle stop tour of how to set up, record and promote your own podcast.

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3.30pm Crime Writing for Beginners with Alex Clare

In this interactive session you’ll start with a blank page and leave with a plot outline ready to be written.

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High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1RJ United Kingdom
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