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March 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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“Nothing wasted.” The Real PD James

Simon Brett in conversation with Geraldine Perriam
Simon Brett website


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

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

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PD James


PD James once said:
“Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.”

Crime writer Simon Brett will be in discussion with Geraldine Perriam, exploring the life and work of the late author.

2020 marks the centenary of the birth of crime writer, PD James. Come along to hear Simon and Geraldine discuss the life and work of this inspiring lady and the lasting legacy of her books.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on 28 and 29 March.




Simon Brett website


Simon Brett

Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine. Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books. In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.

Find out more about Simon Brett – simonbrett.com




Geraldine Perriam

Dr Geraldine Perriam is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in education for over thirty years and has also worked in the private sector. Much of her research centres on gender: women’s public and domestic lives, mental health and wellbeing and fiction written by women. She is a feminist geographer, has worked in primary and higher education, the IT industry and educational management and policy development. She has taught research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Geraldine is Vice Chair of the Dorothy L Sayers Society.



Please note – This event was previously advertised as featuring Frances Fyfield.  Frances Fyfield is sadly no longer able to attend this event. Award-winning crime writer Simon Brett will now be appearing at this event, in conversation with Geraldine Perriam.



Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
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01702 455155

Hearing Loop:

Park Inn Palace currently has no hearing loop systems installed. Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]