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.

Bloody Scotland

22-27 September
Various venues in Stirling, Scotland
Tickets: From £7

Crime at the Coo, Richard Osman with Mark Billingham, Ian Rankin with Nicola Sturgeon and all three performances of You the Jury: A Play are sold out but there’s still plenty to sign up for at Scotland’s best-loved crime festival. Most eye-catching are the In the Spotlight events which pair well-known names with a newbie – so Judith O’Reilly, a former TV news producer is paired with David Baldacci; former Bloody Scotland volunteer Jackie McLean is on the main stage with Chris Brookmyre and Michael Robotham; and Gordon Kerr, who as Head of Marketing at Waterstones selected Alexander McCall Smith as Book of the Month and will now share the stage with the much loved international author.

Capital Crime

26-28 September
Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Tickets: Weekend pass £265

This autumn, they’ll be gathering in the Smoke for a criminally fine selection of international authors. And with names like David Baldacci, Lynda La Plante, Robert Harris, John Connolly and Stella Rimington in the programme it’s a safe bet that tickets will sell fast. The event is the brainchild of Adam Hamdy and David Headley, who promise ‘a fun, memorable experience.’

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Morecambe & Vice

28-29 September
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Tickets: Weekend pass £40

This friendly festival is coming back bigger and better for 2019 with a new venue in the shape of the iconic art deco Midland Hotel. The them this year is ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, and authors confirmed so far include Quentin Bates, Dr Jacky Collins, Fleur Hitchcock, Hanna Jameson, Mandy Morton, Barbara Nadeland Nicola Upson, with more being announced each week.


31 October-3 November, 2019
Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas
Tickets: Weekend pass $175

This year’s World Mystery Convention carries the intriguing strapline Denim, Diamonds and Death. The programme is still being finalised, but guests of honour include Peter Lovesey, Anthony Horowitz and James Patterson, with Sandra Brown among the special guests. And there’s a Whodunit Party at The Best Little Murder House in Texas too!


Crime and Publishment

21-23 February, 2020
The Mill Forge, Lockerbie, Scotland
Tickets: £325, full weekend including accommodation

If you thought Morecambe & Vice was the mother of all criminal puns, welcome to Crime and Publishment, a programme of crime writing courses planned for next February. Sessions on a range of juicy subjects will be run by some top crime authors, including Douglas Skelton, Michael J Malone, Kate Bendelow and Stephen Booth and there will also be the chance for participants to pitch their books to Maisie Lawrence of Bookouture.

Killer Women Festival

Brown’s Court Rooms, Covent Garden, London 
15 March 2020
Tickets: TBC

Watch this space for more information coming soon about a one-day festival that mixes the best in crime fiction, drama and true crime, with household names, emerging talent and experts from the criminal justice system.

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