Jason Webster (Violencia) and Elly Griffiths (Now You See Them) both write crime that is firmly rooted in place: Webster in Valencia, Griffiths in Norfolk and Brighton, and writing under her real name Domenica de Rosa, Italy. It’s more than just a dark alley or a foggy riverbank, it’s a sense of heat and dust, crowded streets or the wide, lonely landscape. The place is an important theme, almost a character, and is as central to their novels as the crime itself. Chaired by Alex Clark.


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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