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2020 St Hilda’s College Crime Fiction Weekend

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All Our Yesterdays: historical crime fiction

Ours is a weekend with a difference. Launched at St Hilda's College in 1994, it offers the crime fiction fans the unique experience of hearing their favourite authors exploring the genre, their own work and the writers who inspired them.

This year our theme is ‘All Our Yesterdays’: historical crime fiction.
Find yourself unleashed upon the London of the Swinging Sixties, caught amid clashes of classes and cultures as the Empire’s sun sets on Calcutta, pursuing India’s first female detective down the winding backstreets of 1950s Bombay, browsing the gin shops and brothels of Georgian London, or goggling at the vent acts, dancing girls and fortune tellers as Brighton hangs out the bunting for the Coronation of Elizabeth II – and all in pursuit of Murder.
After all, they say Time heals everything…

Featured participants and speakers include:
Val McDermid*, Mick Herron*, William Shaw, Sarah Hilary*, Abir Mukherjee, Vaseem Khan, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Elly GriffithsTom Wood, Sara Sheridan, Jill DawsonMary Paulson-Ellis and Anna Mazzola.  Alison Joseph and Jake Kerridge will be sharing the chairing. Andrew Wilson is the Friday night after dinner speaker and Guest of Honour Andrew Taylor is also providing the Saturday night Whodunnit featuring a glittering cast of authors plus a prize provided by Blackwell's Bookshop. *While these committee members are not giving individual papers, they will be present throughout the Weekend, available for signings, and possibly mkaing some surprise appearances...

Taking place in the heart of Oxford in a glorious riverside location the St Hilda’s Weekend includes not only the speaker sessions, but a massive Blackwell's shop open on site every day, author signings, prizes and a brimming goodie bag all enjoyed in a relaxed, intimate College atmosphere. Beginning on Friday evening with a dinner and drinks reception, the packed weekend finishes with a traditional lunch on Sunday, all in the company of authors, experts and enthusiasts. 

More programme details to follow soon,  but for now please consult the draft for general timimgs. 

The PD James Conference Dinner is held on Saturday night – proceeds go to the PD James Fund which supports the work of the English School and students at St Hilda’s College, kindly endowed by Honorary Fellow P. D. James.  When booking, the opportunity is available to make an additional voluntary donation to the P.D. James Memorial Fund.

About St Hilda’s

St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, is on the banks of the River Cherwell overlooking the meadows and spires of the city. Its lovely gardens sweep down to the river, which is famous for punting and picnics. The centre of Oxford is a few minutes walk away, but the College itself lies in a pleasantly secluded area away from the noise and bustle of the city. B&B is offered and can be extended before or after the conference. Access by train is good and there are excellent coach services to Oxford from Central London and from Heathrow & Gatwick airports. 


If you would like to stay at St Hilda's, accommodation can be requested through the Conference and Events Team, tel: 01865 276 888, or by email to Sarah Brett. Once you have made your request, a member of the team will advise you of availability and direct you to our payments page. Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received. The number of rooms available is limited so you are advised to book early.                                                                                                 
Single Ensuite B&B £53.04
Twin  Ensuite B&B per person per night £38.10
Single Standard B&B £42.60
Twin  Standard B&B per person per night £24.78

Please note, due to the building works, availability of parking on site will be restricted to drop offs and Blue Badge holders only. You are advised to use the Park and Ride service. Seacourt and Thornhill Park and Ride buses stop on St Clement's, a few minutes away from College. Some public parking is available in St Clement's car park but it can be expensive, and spaces are limited.


For further information including any special requirements not mentioned on this site please call Triona Adams at St Hilda's College Development Office 01865 276 828.

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