It may seem a little premature but I’m already putting dates in my diary for crime fiction events in 2016 and there seem to be plenty to choose from. So I thought a I would put together a list of the main dedicated crime fiction events taking place in the UK. This is already quite a long list and I’m sure others will be able to add to it, and of course there will be many crime fiction author panels taking place as part of broader literary festivals.
I aim to maintain the list and update it as dates are confirmed so do let me know if there’s anything I should add to the list.
Nothing uncovered so far – perhaps we’re all busy reading!
2nd February – Dark brilliance: Agatha Christie, poisonous plants and murder mysteries – Chelsea Physic Garden
An evening event with lively discussion and debate and an expert panel of speakers featuring authors and poisons specialists.
5th March – CSI Portsmouth – Portsmouth, Hampshire
A one-day event mixing crime fiction authors with real-life police and forensic experts.
2nd April – Deal Noir – Deal, Kent
Now confirmed for early April this is the second year of this Kent-based event mixing local, national and (rumour has it) international authors.
30th April – 1st May – Newcastle Noir – Newcastle
A two day event dedicated to promoting top-class crime writing in the region and as a celebration of this intriguing and increasingly diverse genre.
19-22 May – Crimefest – Bristol
A four-day convention drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world.
TBC (updating in May and this seems less likely to be weeks away) – Nordicana, London
11th June – Bodies from the Library – British Library, London
A one-day conference focussing on ‘Golden Age Detective Fiction’.
18 – 19th June- Slaughter in Southwold, Southwold, Suffolk
21 – 24th July – Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – Harrogate, Yorkshire
Four days of Europe’s biggest come writing event, this year Peter James is the chair of the Programming Committee.
19 – 21st August – St Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Weekend, Oxford
An extremely long-standing event this is a formal conference with papers relevant to the theme and the choice of speakers matched to the topic which this year is ‘The Question of Genre: What is Crime Fiction?’. For more information contact Eileen Roberts.
20 -21st August – Margate Bookie, Margate
There is a dedicated series of crime fiction sessions in their Crimewave (ha!) part of the programme.
9 – 11th September – Bloody Scotland – Stirling, Scotland
Scotland’s festival celebrating crime writing – bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers.
15th September – International Agatha Christie Festival – Torquay, Devon
Traditionally taking pace in Torquay in the middle of September this festival features a range of events celebrating the life and work of Agatha Christie. Changing to a biennial event in 2017 there will be a celebration on 15th Sept.
15 – 18th September – Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, Norwich, Norfolk
TBC – Death in Grantown, Grantown on Spey, Scotland
15 October – Killer Women Crime Writing Festival, Shoreditch, London
TBC – Dark and Stormy, Brighton
17 – 20th November – Iceland Noir, Reykjavik, Iceland
OK, not strictly a UK event – but how could I leave this off the list?! The Icelanders take their crime fiction seriously – so where better to discuss it over two-and-a-half days of interviews and panels.
All busy shopping for books …