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1st May 2009, 11:39am
Book your place for encounter with top crime writers
Lincoln Book Festival Visitors to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will have murder in mind as heavyweights of the crime-writing world shed some light on the darker side of human nature.

The LPAC will be the stage for some of the biggest names in crime fiction at this year’s Lincoln Book Festival. The venue, on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus, will host three events on Thursday 14 May as part of the festival’s much-anticipated Crime Day.

Top authors Michael Connelly (The Brass Verdict), RJ Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence), Karen Maitland (The Owl Killers) and Andrew Martin (The Last Train to Scarborough) will take literature lovers on a journey into the hearts of medieval murderers, hard-boiled detectives and down-at-heel lawyers. Visitors can see all four authors in person for a special ticket price of £13 (£7 concessions).

Crime Day is just one of the highlights in the programme of events which the University will be hosting during the Lincoln Book Festival.

On Wednesday 13 May local author Grahame Lloyd will discuss his latest book, Six of the Best, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of West Indian cricketer Gary Sobers’ record-breaking achievement of hitting six sixes in the same over.

One of the country’s most talented performance poets will also be on stage at the University on Thursday 14 May. Patience Agbabi will perform a selection of her work in a free poetry reading in the EMMTEC building. She will be supported by up-and-coming poet Caleb Klaces and Creative Writing students from the University's English department.

The curtain comes down on Sunday 17 May, when love will be in the air at the LPAC. Milly Johnson (A Spring Affair) hosts the Romance Panel – a discussion about the ever-popular but often maligned genre of romantic fiction.

The Lincoln Book Festival will see more than 60 events staged over five days at a range of venues across the city, including the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Drill Hall and The Collection.

LPAC spokesman Victoria Simpson said: “The Lincoln Book Festival is a wonderful event in the city’s cultural calendar and we’re very proud to be a part of it. Some hugely popular authors will be heading to Lincoln to talk about their work. There’s so much on offer all across the city, everyone should be able to find something which captures their imagination.”

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Tickets for LPAC events are available from the LPAC and Engine Shed Box Office, open Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm, by phoning 0844 888 4414 or online at Tickets can also be purchased from the Festival Box Office at the Lincoln Drill Hall on (01522) 873894. Admission is free to the Poetry Reading by Patience Agbabi. For more information on this event, phone Dr Sian Adiseshiah on (01522) 886840 or email

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