The crime festival season was kicked off in great style yesterday with the first ever ‘Deal Noir’ event. For a full-day event which was only announced to the public in January it’s remarkable that the event sold out – and a testament to the interest in crime fiction and crime writers.
The day covered the whole spectrum of crime fiction – from cosy and humorous crime to darker subjects, with panels focusing on historical fiction, those set in chilly climes and women crime authors. For an inaugural event organisers managed to field panels which included many big names from the word of crime fiction, including Robert Goddard, Mark Billingham and this year’s winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger – Catherine Aird.
These events are always a great opportunity to meet other readers, aspiring crime writers and of course chat to some of the authors too. Although at capacity the venue still offered a small bookstall for signings and some refreshments – including wine at the end of the afternoon, which went down well with the attendees!
The panels all offered something of interest and I would be surprised if there were many people in the room who didn’t go home with the names of at least one or two authors that they will want to try in the future.
Susan Moody – one of the founders of the event – interviewed Robert Goddard, who proved to be a very funny raconteur (although I’m not really any the wiser about his books).
Possibly the most contentious panel of the day the all-female panel discussing a woman’s place in crime fiction. ‘Too often the victim’ seems to be the message!This was also an opportunity for them to mention a the new group, Killer Women, which is a group of London-based women crime writers who will be providing innovative events, debates, talks, interviews and workshops.
The day ended with the announcement of the winner of the Deal Noir Flash Fiction Award for 2015 – hopefully they will be posting a link to (at least) the winning entry for others to read.
Although there wasn’t much time of wandering through the historic town I did manage a quick look at the sea and a walk through some of the quaint streets near the venue – it definitely looks like it will be worth a trip back and there is already talk of Deal Noir 2016! Deal Noir
Did you go – what did you think of the event?