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Sophie Hannah | Keynote Speaker

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the UK National Book Awards. 

Sophie has recently helped to create a Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge, for which she is the main teacher and Course Director. She is also the founder of the Dream Author coaching programme for writers. She lives with her family in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Sophie is delivering our banquet keynote, as well as teaching the following master class: 

Dream Author MASTER CLASS - When publishers talk about finding a 'dream author', they mean an author who is a dream to work with. From a writer's point of view, however, that description can and should mean something else: how to fulfil your creative dreams and make precisely the contribution that you want to make according to your own talents, needs and ideals. Internationally bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah has created this masterclass in order to share with writers at every stage of their writing journey everything she wishes she had known when she started out on hers. She will teach you how to become an author whose dreams come true, in a masterclass that covers the creative, business, psychological and emotional aspects of surviving and thriving as a writer in today's world.

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