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Will Dean – Manchester Festival

31st August, 2018

Things happen under cover of darkness, whether you’re in the busy city of Manchester or the isolated Swedish town of Gavrik. In Joseph Knox’s The Smiling Man, disgraced Detective Aidan Watts pounds the city’s dingy bars and backstreets attempting to discover the identity of the mysterious smiling man discovered in the Palace Hotel. Meanwhile in Will Dean’s Dark Pines, deaf journalist Tuva Moodyson meets a cast of strange characters – including a pair of troll making sisters, a ghost-writer, a taxi driver and a hoarder – whilst trying to solve a multiple-murder case deep in the Scandinavian forest. Join us to hear how bestselling noir novelists Joseph Knox (Sirens) and Will Dean (Dark Pines, soon to be a TV series) create atmospheric settings, authentic characters and gripping plots. Hosted by MLF’s Naomi Frisby.

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