Patti Smith writing detective novel

Punk poet speaks about her next project at talk in London

Patti Smith has announced she is writing a detective novel.

The singer confirmed details of her next book while speaking at the Royal Geographic Society in London last night (January 25) as part of the Intelligence Squared series of talks.

“I’ve been working on a detective story that starts at St Giles-in-the-Fields in London for the last two years,” she explained.


The singer said that the book had been inspired by a previous trip to the UK capital, and that she now always visits the churchyard “where [the idea] came to me” when in London.

She jokingly suggested that the book was approximately “68 per cent” done, adding that she “loved detective stories” having been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and US crime author Mickey Spillane as a girl.

Smith, who discussed her recent memoir Just Kids and took questions from the audience, performed an acoustic version of her song ‘My Blakean Year’ after the talk.