Crime fiction events in 2019

My post listing the 2018 events was one of the most popular I published last year so it would be remiss of me not to carry the listings on to 2019.

Remember this isn’t all literary events (there are plenty of lists of those and there must be hundreds of events) but it is a list of the main dedicated crime fiction events taking place in the UK (with a few notable additions).

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.


Nothing uncovered so far – perhaps we’re all busy reading!


22 – 24 February – Granite Noir 2019, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival
This is the third year for this crime writing festival featuring some of the most celebrated talent from the Nordic Noir scene alongside Scotland’s own Tartan Noir authors.

27 February – Noir at the Bar, Edinburgh
An evening event, check the FB page for info on this and more events – 


8 – 10 March – NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival, Belfast
The 3-day festival will be showcasing the amazing talent emerging from Ireland currently.

29 – 31 March  Quais du Polar – Lyon
I can’t see yet that a programme has been published for 2019 – the festival is free, a short flight from the UK and much of the content accessible for English-speakers.


11- 14 April – Books by the Beach, Scarborough
Not a dedicated crime fiction event but this does get a good contribution from crime writers.


3 – 5 May – Newcastle Noir, Newcastle
Programme release at the end of January, tickets on sale in February (weekend passes & panel passes), & the venue for the Friday night cabaret revealed

9 -12 May – Crimefest – Bristol
A four-day convention drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world.


3 – 8 June – Crime and Coffee Festival, Cardiff
Returning for a second year, with a packed bill, including talks, readings, panel discussions, and workshops.

12 – 15 June – Captivating Criminality, Bath
The sixth UK conference from the Captivating Criminality Network, ‘Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions‘, will examine the ways in which Crime Fiction as a genre incorporates elements of real-life cases and, in turn, influences society by conveying thought-provoking ideas of deviance, criminal activity, investigation and punishment.

15 – 16 June – Slaughter in Southwold, Southwold
Now in its seventh year, Southwold Arts Centre will host two days of crime fiction heaven. Speakers include Val McDermid, Elly Griffiths, Martin Edwards and Kate Ellis. With a variety of events planned, including a quiz, murder mystery evening and a murder mystery musical, there’s something for everyone.

21 – 23 June – Alibis in the Archives, Gladstone Library, Hawarden, Flintshire
An event run in association with the Crime Writers’ Association and The Detection Club.

29 June – Bodies from the Library – British Library, London
A one day conference with an exciting programme of discussions, presentations and panels on the Golden Age of Detective Fiction Writers.


18 – 21 July – Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – Harrogate, Yorkshire
Four days of Europe’s biggest come writing event, this year Mari Hannah Child is the chair of the Programming Committee. Special Guests already announced include James Patterson, Jo Nesbo, MC Beaton and Stuart MacBride.


2 – 4 August – Bute Noir, Bute
Bute Noir is the first crime writing festival to be held on the Isle of Bute bringing together bestselling authors from the U.S, England and Scotland.

16 – 18 August – St Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Weekend – Oxford
The 26th year of this unique conference –


11 – 15 September – International Agatha Christie Festival – Torquay, Devon
The festival is now a biennial event, the next 5-day festival is scheduled for 11th-15th September 2019.

12 – 15 September – Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, Norwich, Norfolk
The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is an annual celebration bringing together superstar crime authors, exciting new talent and fans of all things crime fiction.

20 – 22 September – Bloody Scotland – Stirling, Scotland
Tickets on sale from 3 June. Scotland’s festival celebrating crime writing – bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers.

26 – 28 September – Capital Crime, London’s West End
The brains behind this new event are David Headley, MD of  Goldsboro Books and organiser of the infamous ‘Crime in the Court’ and novelist and screenwriter Adam Hamdy so it has excellent credentials.

September – Margate Bookie, Margate
No confirmed dates at time of writing.

28 – 29 September – Morecambe & Vice, Morecambe
The third year for this event, “there will be panels and talks & trials and debates as authors and guests from around the globe gather to converse, consider and confabulate over crime in all its many facets”.


4 – 13 October – Cheltenham Literary Festival, Cheltenham
I wouldn’t normally include this festival as it’s so diverse and doesn’t have the same focus as most of the other events listed here but it’s worth a check of the programme when published.

October – Killer Weekend,
The website suggests that there won’t be an event this year but one in March 2020.

October – Crime Writing: Truth, Myth, Death and Mayhem at Darkfest, Portsmouth
Part of Darkfest – no confirmed dates at time of writing.


Mid-November is the biennial Iceland Noir, next due to take place in  2020. No news yet on the location a festival taking place in this slot 2019.


All busy shopping for books …

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