Crime, Social History and Literature

Crime and Social History

Day course

Residential course

Diane Janes

5 September 2021 to 10 September 2021

Non-resident fee £58 per day, £33 on Friday (morning only). £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Autumn week.

A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of factual and fictional murder. Attend all week or by the day, whatever you do, you’ll be gripped and entertained.  Once booked, you will receive the full course detail.

Click on the subject titles below for more details on each course.

Monday – The History of Crime Writing
Why is crime writing, both factual and fictional, so popular? And where did it all begin? Certainly not with Wilkie Collins’s ‘The Moonstone’ in spite of anything T S Elliott may have had to say on the subject!

Tuesday – You the Jury
Become part of a jury and consider a real-life case of murder, which came before the British courts in the 1940s.

Wednesday – An Entertaining Murder?
Today we consider the ways in which crime in general and murder have been depicted and are perceived as mainstream entertainment, with particular reference to the ‘golden age’ of British crime between the wars, and the present day.

Thursday – You the Jury
Become part of a jury and consider a real-life case of murder, which came before the British courts in the 1960s.

Friday – A Gang of Plotters (morning only)
How do crime novels actually work? Can anyone plot a crime novel? You don’t need any experience of creative writing, or any aspirations to write a novel, in order to take part in this experimental (and hopefully entertaining) day.

Tutor information

Diane Janes is an award winning author, who has written five highly regarded crime novels and four respected factual books on real life historical murders. She is regularly invited to lecture on crime and social history to a wide variety of audiences, in locations as diverse as cruise ships and village halls, and her first work of non-fiction, Edwardian Murder: Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery is now referenced in academic text books on the history of policing.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.