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.

Bradford Literature Festival

27 June to 7 July
Various venues in Bradford, Yorkshire
Tickets: From £3

Bradford City Hall Courtroom – could there be a better venue for a trio of crime writers to tackle the subject of thrillers and killers? Sunday Times journalist Karen Robinson chairs as Amer Anwar, Leona Deakin and Khurrum Rahman do just that on 29 June. It’s a great date for crime fans as there’s also a panel on Dead Women in Crime and a writing workshop with AA Dhand, Abir Mukherjee and Simon Trewin. Check out the full programme for other gems.

Mystery Fest Key West

28-30 June
The Studios of Key West, Florida
Tickets: Weekend pass $195

Ever fancied making an appearance in a crime novel? Attend Mystery Fest Key West and you might well have your dream come true! Everyone registered for the Fest by 1 June will go into a draw – and the winner will appear in an upcoming novel by Gray Basnight. Keynote speaker at the festival is Jeffery Deaver and the weekend ticket prices a tour of a rum distillery as well as Sunday brunch overlooking Key West Harbour!

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!


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.

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