Welcome to the Crime Fiction Lover events diary. Below you’ll find a listing of the key festivals coming up from all round the world. Maybe we’ll see you at one of them! If you’re an event organiser and would like us to list it, send us an email via our Contact page.

Marina Cafe Noir

19-23 June
Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza San Domenico, Cagliari, Sardinia
Tickets: Free
This open air literary festival in the beautiful setting of Sardinia is focused on storytelling and sharing ideas. As well as readings there will be musical recitals, debates, screenings, shows, art exhibits and an exploration of various styles, genres and approaches.

Mystery Fest Key West

22-24 June 2018
Double Tree Resort, Grand Key, Florida
Tickets: Weekend pass $195
A crime festival in the sunshine – what’s not to love? Authors, aspiring authors and mystery buffs can look forward to an eclectic programme. Keynote speaker is Ace Atkins, multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of 21 novels; while Otto Penzler, publisher, editor and proprietor of the famed The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City, is special guest of honour.


10-14 July 2018
Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York
Tickets: Day passes from $271
The Big Apple is a perfect venue for a feast of fests – because Thrillerfest welcomes such top writers as Lee Child, Megan Abbott, Lisa Gardner and James Rollins, plus the chance to attend sessions called Master CraftFest, CraftFest, PitchFest – and more! There’s even a Best First Sentence competition.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

19-22 July 2018
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £10 to £220
With Lee Child at the helm, this year promises to be a doozy and they’re rolling out the big guns of crime writing. Highlights in a packed programme include Don Winslow, Linwood Barclay in conversation with Laura Lippman, crime-writing couple Nicci French (Sean French and Nicci Gerrard) and Lee Child chatting to John Grisham. There’ll also be a late-night event with BBC Pointless presenter Richard Osman and Mark Billingham. Read our report on last year’s festivities here.

Killer Nashville

23-26 August 2018
Franklin, Tennessee
Tickets: Weekend pass $379
A festival that includes a mock crime scene will always get our vote and with authors like Jeffery Deaver, Ellery Adams, Anne Perry, Otto Penzler and JA Konrath on the roster, the 13th Killer Nashville gathering sounds like a lot of fun. The winner of the Silver Falchion Award for best crime book of 2017 will also be revealed.


1-2 September
The Justice and Police Museum, Sydney, Australia
Tickets: TBA
The second BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival is all set for early September. It aims to explore what crime can tell us about humanity, both today and in the past, and speakers include writers, reporters and filmmakers, plus professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists. Programme and ticket prices are due to be revealed in mid-July.

Bouchercon 2018

6-9 September 2018
Vinoy Renaissance St Petersburg Resort, Florida
Tickets: Weekend pass $225
It’s early days yet as this event, billed as the ‘world mystery convention’, gathers momentum, but guests confirmed so far include John D Macdonald (ghost of honour), Karin Slaughter, Ian Rankin, Lisa Unger, Sara Blaedel and Mark Billingham – so expect an eclectic programme.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

13-16 September 2018
Venues in Norwich
Tickets: TBA
It seems only right that Elly Griffiths should be among the headliners in this Norfolk-based festival, given her Ruth Galloway books are set in the county. Also on the fast-growing list are Val McDermid, Paula Hawkins, Sarah Pinborough and Eva Dolan, with Amer Anwar and Harry Brett thrown in for good measure. A programme of writing workshops will also be announced shortly.

Bloody Scotland

21-23 September
Tickets: From £8 (£7 conc)
If we say the words ‘torchlight procession’ and the names Val McDermid and Denise Mina then the clues should lead you to just once conclusion – Bloody Scotland is back! The procession launches the weekend with an evening which also includes the announcement of the McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime novel and a performance by the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. The weekend’s programme includes appearances by Irvine Welsh, Louise Penny, Ann Cleeves, Martyn Waites, and Abir Mukherjee, to name but a few – and look out for some fascinating expert panels too. Read our report on last year’s event here.

Morecambe and Vice

Winter Gardens, Morecambe
29-30 September 2018
Tickets: Weekend pass £40
This niftily named festival of crime writing will be bringing sunshine to the north west coast’s art deco resort in the autumn. There are 25 authors booked and highlights include Mari Hannah, Sarah Hillary, Jake Arnott and Alex Reeve discussing LGBT themes and characters in crime fiction with Paul Burston, award-winning producer Julius Green talking about Agatha Christie’s theatrical career with Ben Cooper-Muir, and David Mark, Kate Bendelow and Neil White planning the perfect crime.

Murder One

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
2-4 November
Tickets: TBC
Dublin’s first festival devoted entirely to crime fiction sounds like it will be good craic – this is a UNESCO City of Literature, after all. The author line-up is still under wraps, but interviews with Irish and international writers are promised, plus panels, walking tours and workshops on everything from forensics to writing. We’ll keep you posted.

Iceland Noir

16-18 November 2018
IDNO, Reykjavik
Tickets: TBC
The biennial Scandinavian crime fiction event Iceland Noir is moving to a new venue in 2018 – IDNO is a cultural centre in the heart of Reykjavik facing onto the city’s lake. The programme has yet to be revealed, but watch this space. You can find out more about Iceland Noir 2014 here, and 2016 here.

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