In Denise Mina’s latest novel Conviction (Harvill Secker), a protagonist whose family life has fallen apart distracts herself with a true-crime podcast, only to discover the murder at the heart of the podcast has a personal connection. Mina comes to CoastWord to discuss Convictionand how Scotland, its characters, places and history, have inspired her writing. Discover why The Daily Telegraph called Mina ‘the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist’. Chaired by Lorna Hill.
Denise Mina published her first novel, Garnethill, in 1998, which went on to win the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. She wrote her debut while studying for a PhD at Strathclyde; after leaving school early, she’d studied at night school to get into the University of Glasgow Law School. She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.
Lorna Hill’s PhD in Creative Writing is focused on the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian crime fiction, with a particular focus on texts written by female authors.