Inaugural crime writers day at Rye Arts Festival - come and listen to four authors speak and have lunch too
The opening day of the Festival – Saturday 14th September – marks an inaugural cRYmE Day! This will be a whole day, festival within a festival and will be a great opportunity to meet, listen to and eat with four well-known crime writers - Simon Brett, Martin Edwards, William Shaw and Lynne Truss – and to find out tricks of the trade and what makes them tick. There are day tickets available to see all the talks plus a package that includes a four-course, crime themed lunch. And since Rye has a long and proud history of criminal activity. The town got rich on smuggling in the 18th Century and many a splendid Georgian-looking house in the Citadel was possibly the result of money made from dodging ‘trading’. And the HQ for the infamous Hawkhurst Gang, whose tentacles of illegal activity spread through Sussex, Kent and up into London was the iconic Mermaid Inn. So, it is fitting that lunch will be held at the Mermaid!