Gladstone’s Library will celebrate the unveiling of a new crime writing archive which will be launched at an event in partnership with the Crime Writers’ Association and The Detection Club.

The Crime Writers’ Association Archive will form a new centre for the study of contemporary crime fiction. It will hold the archives and documentation of The Detection Club, the oldest and most august society of crime writers in the world, founded in 1930 by a group of leading detective novelists and counting among its alumni Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Freeman Wills Crofts.

The Alibis in the Archive launch event will bring together the most exciting names in crime fiction and publishing over a series of talks and murder mystery evenings. The programme will feature sessions from:

  • Ann Cleeves, whose series have been adapted for television in the form of the BBC’s Shetland and ITV’s Vera, on the world of television detectives.
  • David Brawn, publisher of Agatha Christie for the past 20 years, on how Agatha Christie influenced a generation of publishing practice.
  • David Stuart Davies, author, playwright and leading authority on Sherlock Holmes, who presents the story of the great detective along with his creator Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Stella Duffy, novelist, theatre director and continuer of Ngaio Marsh’s ‘Money in the Morgue’, on the challenges and pleasures of taking on another writer’s characters and style.
  • Kate Ellis, author of the Wesley Peterson novels, on how parallels between past and present inspire her writing.
  • Martin Edwards, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association from April 2017 and current President of The Detection Club, on The Detection Club’s remarkable history and the even more remarkable men and women who have illuminated it over the years.
  • Rob Davies, Editorial Manager of the British Library’s publishing programme including its Crime Classics series, on the rare books the British Library has republished and the novels and authors it will be introducing in the future.
  • Kate Charles, author of the Callie Anson series, on clerical detectives from Father Brown to Sidney Chambers.
  • Linda Stratmann, author of the Frances Doughty mysteries, on the murder cases that inspired scientific advances, led to changes in the law, and made celebrities out of forensic toxicologists.