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Tod Noir: Mark Billingham in Conversation with Fiona Cummins

Chaired by the crime writer and co-founder of the Hull Noir crime writing festival Nick Quantrill

​Free Event

Saturday 14th May 2022 @ 7.30pm

Bestselling crime fiction writer Mark Billingham's books have sold over 6 million copies and in 2021 he celebrated 20 years since the publication of his iconic first novel, Sleepyhead. Mark discusses his latest propulsive thriller, Rabbit Hole, with award-winning former journalist and thriller writer Fiona Cummins for Todmorden Book Festival's first Tod Noir event. Her debut novel, Rattle, published in 2017, received widespread critical acclaim. Her fourth novel, When I Was Ten, was an Irish Times top ten bestseller in 2021. Fiona's new thriller, Into the Dark, will be published in April. The event, rescheduled from September last year, will be chaired by the crime writer and co-founder of the Hull Noir crime writing festival Nick Quantrill.


A spokesperson for the Festival said: "We’re delighted to be hosting our first Tod Noir event at the Hippodrome Theatre in March. As Mark Billingham says, the crime novel can 'shine a light into some of the darker corners of society' and provide new insights into contemporary political and social issues."

Meet the Authors

 Mark Billingham

Photo credit: Steve Best

Fiona Cummins

Photo Credit: Simon Burke

Nick Quantrill

Bestselling crime fiction writer Mark Billingham started his career 20 years ago as the new young voice in crime fiction and brought a fresh, edgy and terrifying twist to the genre. The intervening two decades have seen Billingham grow from a young maverick, pushing the boundaries and challenging the assumptions about crime writing, into the role of statesman of the genre. Billingham’s novels have sold over 6 million copies. He has had 20 Sunday Times bestsellers and has spent over 120 weeks in the top ten. Mark's latest thriller, Rabbit Hole, focuses on the murder of a man on a psychiatric ward investigated by a detective who is herself a patient.

Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Her debut novel, Rattle, was published in 2017 and received widespread critical acclaim. The novel’s sequel, The Collector, was published in February 2018. This was followed by the standalone thriller The Neighbour in 2019. Her fourth novel, When I Was Ten, was an Irish Times top ten bestseller in 2021. Fiona's new thriller, Into the Dark, is published by Macmillan on 14 April 2022.










Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. Sound of the Sinners is the latest book in his Private Investigator series featuring Joe Geraghty, which is published by Fahrenheit Press. Nick is the co-founder of the Hull Noir crime writing festival.

The Festival would like to thank Arts Council England, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Todmorden Town Council and Calderdale Council for their support.