The full line up of speakers for this year’s conference has now been finalised and can be found at:
For further information about the speakers you can read brief biographies at:
The programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference has now been announced.
It offers a variety of panel sessions and lectures covering a cross-section of both the familiar and the less well-known authors of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
The full programme is:
10.00 Is The Golden Age Humdrum?
Jake Kerridge, Moira Redmond and Richard Reynolds
10.30 The Puppet Master: John Dickson Carr (1906-1977)
11.00 City and Countryside in ECR Lorac’s crime novels
11.50 Two (Undeservedly) Forgotten Crime Club Authors
12.20 The Max Carrados Tales of Ernest Bramah
1.50 Radio Play
2.20 Murder in Mind: The Crime Novels of Helen McCloy
2.50 Agatha Christie: Playwright
Julius Green and John Curran
4.10 Cyril Hare: Master of the English Murder
Martin Edwards and Christine Poulson
4.40 The 10 Types of Impossible Crime
Jim Noy and Daniel Curtis
5.10 Ask The Experts
Sadly, the session featuring Simon Brett and Len Tyler which had been planned for the afternoon, as mentioned in our previous notification of conference speakers, has had to be cancelled (or should that be postponed to 2020?) due to family commitments. We will let you know as soon as a new speaker has been confirmed.
We can now reveal that the programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference will include:
Ernest Bramah – an English author whose blind detective, Max Carados, featured in stories alongside Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes in the Strand Magazine.
Cyril Hare – the pseudonym of English judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark who created the unlikely detective duo of Francis Pettigrew, a second-rate barrister, and Inspector Mallett who appeared separately or together in all bar one of his detective fiction novels including such perennial favourites as Tragedy at Law.
Helen McCloy – creator of Dr Basil Willing whose theory that “every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints and he can’t wear gloves to hide them” informed her series of novels featuring the detective, starting with Dance of Death in 1938.
With less than 48 hours before the Early Bird discount offer ends, you can still ensure your place at what promises to be another fascinating examination of both the famous names of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and some whose reputations thoroughly deserve to be revived for the 2018 price.
We are pleased to announce that Simon Brett, Len Tyler, Martin Edwards and Dolores Gordon Smith will all be speaking at the Bodies From The Library Conference 2019. Our own Dr John Curran will also be speaking at the conference.
Personally, I hope that Simon and Len will be paired together to follow up their 2018 double act which was the highlight of the programme for me last year.
And don’t miss out on the Early Bird discount, saving you £5 on the cost of your ticket, if you book before the expiry of the 31 January deadline.
Not got your ticket yet for The Bodies From The Library Conference 2019?
There is still time to book your place at last year’s price, but do hurry, there are only a few days left before the early bird offer price expires on 1st February.
As always, tickets are selling quickly so, if you want to ensure your place at the conference (and have the opportunity to get your own copies of forthcoming books in the British Library’s Crime Classics series ahead of the official publication date), then you need to book as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you there!
As we enter the Festive Season, we at Bodies From The Library wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We are all familiar with classic Golden Age Mysteries set at this time of year – from Agatha Christie’s Adventure of the Christmas Pudding to J. Jefferson Farjeon’s Mystery in White. We sincerely hope that you do not fall victim to the festive excesses and hope to see you all in the New Year.
And for those “difficult to buy for” relatives – or even as a treat for yourself – there is still time to buy your tickets for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference at the discounted “Early Bird” price of just £40 – a saving of £5 on the full price. Simply click on the link on this page.
We are delighted to announce that tickets have now gone on sale for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference.
Once again we are offering an Early Bird price of £40 for those booking promptly.
To secure your place click on the link (above right) and make sure that you don’t miss out.