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Judi Daykin


Yorkshire born, Judi has lived, worked and made theatre in Norfolk for the last forty years. She completed her MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2019, and her debut novel was shortlisted for the Little, Brown UEA writers prize. That novel became Under Violent Skies, which was long-listed for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2021.

Judi is a working actor with a portfolio career spanning twenty years of theatre, film and television; directing; workshops; audio narration and medical roleplay. She runs her own theatre company, Broad Horizons, specialising in commissioning new plays recovering and retelling women’s stories.

These days her writing takes precedent and her DS Sara Hirst books are in the capable hands of the Joffe Books Team. Under Violent Skies and Into Deadly Storms will be followed by A Brutal Season in November 2021.

Books by Judi Daykin

  • Under Violent Skies Under Violent Skies


  • Into Deadly Storms Into Deadly Storms


  • A Brutal Season A Brutal Season


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