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.
Morecambe & Vice
30 September-1 October 2017
Winter Gardens, Morecambe, Lancashire
Tickets: Weekend pass £40
The prize for punniest festival name must go to this one, which is spread over two days in the art deco seaside town which has played host to the filming of many an Agatha Christie TV adaptation. The gag continues when you spot the festival strapline: Bring me some crime! Panels and talks, trials and debates are promised as authors and guests from around the globe gather to converse, consider and confabulate over crime in all its many facets. The mega-list of attendees includes Elly Griffiths, Simon Brett, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Sophie Hannah, Leigh Russell and Sarah Ward.
Cheltenham Literature Festival
6-15 October 2017
Various venues around Cheltenham
Tickets: From £7. Public booking opens 6 September
An eclectic festival this one, and there’s plenty to satisfy a crime fiction fan’s bloodlust with the likes of Denise Mina, Minette Walters, Robert Harris, Mark Billingham and Nicci French making an appearance in a packed programme. Among the highlights is Ian Rankin chatting about 30 years of Rebus with James Naughtie.
An Audience with Val McDermid
11 October 2017
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
Here’s an event with a touch of class! Join Scottish author Val McDermid at an event which is raising money for the charity Wellbeing of Women. It all starts with a glass of bubbly in Fortnum & Mason’s new 3 and 6 Bar, followed by a three-course lunch in the Drawing Room. After lunch, Val will be talking to former Fleet Street editor Eve Pollard about her remarkable career, what it takes to make a crime novel a success, and her new book Insidious Intent.
Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder
12-15 October 2017
Tickets: CDN $195
Ghost walks and a visit to the Toronto Public Library Conan Doyle collection are two added attractions of this festival – and with guests of honour including Megan Abbott, Louise Penny and Christopher Brookmyre it’s no mystery as to why it is such a popular event. Organised by the World Mystery Convention, and named in honour of distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author Anthony Boucher, Bouchercon began life in 1970 and is returning to Canada for the first time since 2004. Mingle with authors, publishers, editors, aspiring writers and agents at a whole array of events – and attendees get to vote on the Anthony Awards too.
27-29 October 2017
Europa Hotel, Belfast
Tickets: Weekend pass £95, individual tickets from £5
An inventive name for a new event that celebrates the best of Irish crime fiction as well as featuring writers from outside of the Emerald Isle. It’s the brainchild of David Torrans who established the No Alibis Book Store 20 years ago, and boasts a tasty line up of international crime-writing stars and top screenwriters. Guests include the team behind Line of Duty, Robert Crais, Benjamin Black, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Adrian McKinty, Arne Dahl, Liz Nugent and Sophie Hannah.
Killer Women Weekend
28-29 October, 2017
Browns, Covent Garden, London
Day pass: £150
The females of the crime writing species will be showing their deadly side with a weekend of masterclasses in everything from publishing to police procedurals, the changing crimescape to historical fiction. There are also a range of practical workshops for would-be writers and the chance to pitch to editors and agents.
18-19 November 2017
Britannia Royal Hotel, Hull
Tickets: Weekend pass £75, individual tickets from £5
City of Culture Hull is playing host to the prestigious Iceland Noir on their bi-annual travels from the festival’s home city of Reykjavik. The result is a tasty blend of Nordic and, well, northic, with a programme that shines a spotlight on Hull’s crime fiction heritage from Get Carter author Ted Lewis through to the current crop of writers working in the city – there’s even a stage adaptation of David Mark’s debut, Dark Winter!
#Crime Live: The Forensic Science Crime Scene Examination
24 November 2017
Cardiff University – Students Union Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Early bird ticket £16.50
Billed as a ‘myth–busting experience’, this event is led by Tracy Alexander, Director of Forensic Services at the City of London Police and Jo Millington Senior, blood pattern analysis expert, who will reveal the wonders of forensic science in crime scene detection, expose the limitations and dangers in tunnel-vision police investigations and contaminated evidence and encourage and work with the audience to solve a murder. Sounds right up our street!