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.


8-10 March
Europa Hotel, Belfast
Tickets: Weekend pass £125

There’s a certain quirky originality about this festival, and if you don’t believe us, then consider this… Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar will be reading an exclusive extract of John Connolly’s upcoming novel, A Book of Bones, in a pun-tastic Jack-a-Noiry session. We’re also taken by Jo Spain, Belinda Bauer and Denise Mina in conversation and panels exploring the rise in gothic crime themes and the growing popularity of true crime books.

Aye Write!

14-31 March, 2019
Various venues in Glasgow
Tickets: From £10 

Glasgow’s Festival of Books covers a wide range of genres and runs for more than two weeks, with plenty to whet the appetite of the crime fiction reader. A quick scan through the programme reveals such gems as Neil Broadfoot, James Oswald and MR Mackenzie in conversation, Alex Gray and Ann Cleeves talking about their latest releases, Antti Tuomainen and Lilja Sigurdadottir flying the flag for Nordic noir and Luca Veste meeting debut authors BP Walter and GR Halliday.

Left Coast Crime

28-31 March
Vancouver, Canada
Tickets: Weekend pass $335

CJ Box is the American guest of honour at this event, with Maureen Jennings filling the same position for the host country – and both will feature in headliner panels during the long weekend. We’re liking the sound of Author Speed Dating though – a touch of romance in the midst of all the murderous goings on?

Newcastle Noir

3-5 May
Newcastle City Library
Tickets: TBA

There’s a new venue for this popular festival, now in its sixth year and the full programme has yet to be revealed. Suffice to say it will be eclectic – as evidenced by the authors announced thus far, who include Lilja Sigurdadottir, Vanda Symon, Mel Sherratt and Jacqui Rose.



9-12 May
Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol
Tickets: Full pass £185

A festival programme that includes an excursion to a forensic crime scene in a former lunatic asylum sounds just up our alley! Just one of the attractions of this fun-packed event. The final schedules are being finalised, but there’s already a long and tasty list of attending authors. Watch this space!

2019 Featured Guests

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

18-21 July
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: TBA

Mari Hannah is in the programming hot seat for 2019’s festival and she’s plotting something pretty special. James Patterson is one of the headline acts and there’s a distinctly Scottish feel as queen of crime Val McDermid is interviewed by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who is a confirmed crime addict. Some tasty side dishes too, with the likes of Jo Nesbo, MC Beaton, Stuart MacBride, Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin, Belinda Bauer, Eva Dolan and Erin Kelly confirmed to attend.

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!

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