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.
The Justice and Police Museum, Sydney, Australia
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.
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
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.
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.
A Book Launch with a Difference
Leeds City Centre
Chris Nickson’s new book, The Hanging Psalm, is launching with a scavenger hunt in Leeds. Participants take a step back in time to Leeds in 1820, when The Hanging Psalm is set, as they hunt for exclusive extracts from the novel. Each one holds a clue to the whereabouts of the next, all tucked away in locations mentioned in the book. The first person to find all five extracts wins a free signed book. Everyone taking part will be invited to the official launch of The Hanging Psalm at Waterstones on Albion Street, Leeds on October 4, at 6.30pm. Follow the clues on https://chrisnickson.co.uk and https://foundfiction.org. Also on Twitter @chrisnickson2 and @fictionfound.
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.
Murderous Medway Crime Writing Festival
6 and 13 October
Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, Rochester, Kent
Tickets: £30 for 6 October, £20 for 13 October
Part of the Rochester Literature Festival and run over two weekends, Murderous Medway has two distinct personalities. It kicks off with Crime Writers Day on 6 October, headlined by the much-travelled Mark Billingham and also including the likes of Lisa Cutts, Hugh Fraser and AK Benedict. The following Saturday features The Three Cs Crime Writing Workshops, going from tackling the blank page, through characterisation to creating conflict. There are cut price ticket deals if you want to do both days.
East Riding Festival of Words
Beverley and Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Tickets: Day pass £25
Crime fiction fans will want to check out 20 October, billed as a Dead Good Day in the festival programme with a series of events in Beverley hosted by Hull-based author Nick Quantrill. Highlights include Val McDermid in conversation with Mark Billingham, Luca Veste, Doug Johnston and Stuart Neville talking Killer Writers, and David Mark discussing turning a book into a play with Richard Vergette. The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers will also be murdering a few tunes.
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
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.
16-18 November 2018
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.
9-12 May 2019
Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol
Tickets: The early bird catches the discount, so if you’re planning to go to CrimeFest in 2019, now’s the time to grab a bargain! Until 15 September, you can register for an Early Bird Special rate of £145 – from 16 September onwards the cost will go up incrementally until reaching £200. There are also discounted tickets available for the gala awards dinner. No hints yet at the participating authors, but watch this space!