If it bleeds, should it lead? Why are we more fascinated that ever with true crime either in the written word or on television? A workshop that explores the media’s attitudes both to murder and to the underworld, looking at the coverage of murder cases like those of Fred and Rose West and spectacular crimes like the recent Hatton Garden burglary. Does all this coverage in the press, online, in podcasts and on television increase our fear of crime or glamourise it? Of interest to anyone who wants to write, read about or understand that fascination with crime, whether real or fictional.
Duncan Campbell is a former Guardian crime correspondent, chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association and author of We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds, A History of Crime Reporting, The Underworld and the novel, If It Bleeds.