Criminology talk promises to be a Cracker

Published: 27 November 2014 at 11:15

TV scriptwriter, consultant and novelist will deliver public lecture at Anglia Ruskin

Cambridge criminologist Jane Carter Woodrow will talk about real-life “Crackers” and their influence on fiction during a free public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday, 5 December (3pm-4.30pm).

Jane’s talk, entitled “The Use of Criminology in the World of Drama and Fiction”, will focus on her work as criminologist – she has a Masters and PhD in criminology from the University of Cambridge – as well as her work as a scriptwriter and consultant on TV dramas and documentaries, ranging from Coronation Street to Panorama.

Alongside this Jane is an author of both crime fiction and non-fiction.  Her books include After Evil, the true story of a teenage boy whose mother was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper, and Rose West: the Making of a Monster.  Earlier this year, Jane published her third book, Dead Man Squealing.

Dr Natalie Mann, Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal of Cracker in the 1990s raised the profile of criminology as a respected and valuable discipline.  But what is it criminologists actually do?
“Well, here at Anglia Ruskin we are always very keen to provide our students with first-hand experience of the possible careers they could pursue with a degree in criminology, and so having Jane Carter Woodrow visit to talk to our students about the fascinating career she has forged, having studied criminology, is very exciting.
“Her highly-acclaimed research work has focused on female imprisonment and seen her become an expert on the case of Rosemary West, but she has also used her expertise to develop the niche role of consultant on television crime dramas and, most recently, a writer of detective fiction.
“I’m sure Jane’s lecture will be an inspiration to our students as well as a fascinating event for the general public.”

For more information about Jane Carter Woodrow, visit  To book your free ticket for the talk on 5 December, held at Anglia Ruskin’s Mumford Theatre, visit