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.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

31 January-2 February 2020
Various venues
Tickets: Various prices, some events are free

There’s a mixed bag of events, venues and genres at this city-wide event, but one that leaps out for crime fiction lovers is on Sunday, 2 February at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 5-6pm, when authors Stephen Booth and Andy Griffee discuss the murky appeal of inland waterways as a setting for crime fiction. It’s free, 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.


Leeds Lit Fest

4-8 March 2020
Various venues in Leeds
Tickets: Various prices

A panel entitled Noir in a Cold Climate, and featuring Will Dean, Nick Quantrill and Nick Triplow, caught our eye here. It’s at Leeds Library on Sunday, 8 March at 4pm, with tickets priced £8. Sounds like hot stuff!


Aye Write!

12-29 March 2020
Various venues in Glasgow
Tickets: Various prices

Glasgow’s Festival of Books is back, and with a hefty slice of crime thrown in the mix. There’s an eclectic selection of authors included in this tasty programme including Rory Clements, Alex North, Matt Wesolowski, Douglas Skelton and Denzil Meyrick – and Val McDermid will be sharing the books that have inspired her over the years. 


Killer Women Festival

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

This author-led festival has put together a tempting programme tackling such topics as Peaky Blinders to County Lines: Gangs, Toxic Masculinity and Writing Crime for Kids. There’s also a chance to catch Ann Cleeves in conversation… plus a police dog demonstration! What’s not to love?


Newcastle Noir

1-2 May 2020
Newcastle City Library
Tickets: TBA

This year, Newcastle Noir’s organisers are hoping to widen the appeal of the festival by attracting younger readers and crime fiction lovers with small children. So far the confirmed authors include Yrsa Sigurdardottir, LJ Ross, Howard Linskey, Mari Hannah, William Shaw, Jane Casey and Liz Nugent.



4-7 June 2020
Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol
Tickets: £185 (this will rise as the event gets closer)

Featured guests at this year’s festival are Robert Goddard and Laura Lippman, and the programme includes 40 author panels with more than 100 participating authors, a crime writing workshop, plus a pitch-an-agent strand. There’s also a gala dinner where the CrimeFest Awards are presented.


Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

23-26 July 2020
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: TBA

The full programme for 2020 is due to be announced in Spring, but we already know that Ian Rankin is to be this year’s curator. More details as we get them…


Capital Crime

1-3 October 2020
Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Tickets: £80 to £150

Save the dates for this event, the second of its kind to be held in London. And watch this space for details of who will be appearing this autumn…


Morecambe & Vice

12-13 September 2020
Venue: TBA
Tickets: TBA

Add this to the diary and keep an eye on our events pages for more details as we get them.



15-18 October 2020
Sacramento, California
Tickets: $225 weekend pass

Guests of honour this year include Scott Turow, Anthony Horowitz, Cara Black and Anne Perry at a festival which includes the Anthony Awards announcements. The programming is still a work in progress, but we will be updating our listing as and when announcements are made.