Roger Jon Ellory
Roger Jon Ellory

Writers in Lichfield are set to learn the story behind creating a successful novel when Roger Jon Ellory comes to the city.

On April 1, the successful novelist will be making a return visit to the Lichfield & District Writers group.

He has been producing novels for more than 20 years and when the British Crime Writers’ Association nominated his debut novel Candlemoth for its Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award in 2003, he began to adhere rigidly to a highly disciplined, one-book-a-year schedule.

His hard work finally paid off spectacularly in 2006 when A Quiet Belief in Angels was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club award, then went on to be shortlisted for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Fiction, the 813 Trophy, the Quebec Booksellers’ Prize and The European Du Point Crime Fiction Prize, finally winning the Inaugural Prix Roman Noir Nouvel Observateur.

Roger’s subsequent book, A Simple Act of Violence, secured a nomination for Best British Crime Fiction of 2008. His latest book, The Anniversary Man, was published in April 2010.

Lichfield & District Writers is a support group for writers and anyone interested in writing in any genre is welcome to attend its meetings, either as a visitor or a full member.

The group meets at Cruck House, Stowe Street, at 7.45 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month. Details of their activities can be found on their website.

Because Roger’s talk is expected to be a particularly popular event, anyone who would like to come to this meeting is advised to contact Chairman Sylvia Birchall in advance by emailing