CRIMEFEST was listed as one of
'The Best Crime-Writing Festivals in the World'
'The 50 Best Festivals' in the UK
- WHAT IS CRIMEFEST/HISTORY
- CRIMEFEST DINNERS
- CRIMEFEST AWARDS
- CRIMEFEST TRIPS
- CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP/PITCH AN AGENT
WHAT IS CRIMEFEST/HISTORY
CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime
novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere.
The CRIMEFEST programme consists of interviews with its featured and highlighted guest authors; some fifty panels with more than a hundred participating authors; a gala awards dinner; and one or two surprises.
CRIMEFEST was created following the hugely successful one-off visit to Bristol in 2006 of the American 'Left Coast Crime' convention. The British hosts were encouraged to continue with a similar annual event and as a result the first CRIMEFEST was organised in June 2008. The convention has grown to become not only one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar.
Like Left Coast Crime, CRIMEFEST follows the format of US conventions where—with exception of the featured and highlighted guest authors—all delegates pay the same registration fee to enjoy the convention.
For an idea of what to expect in 2014 see the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and/or 2008 CRIMEFEST Programmes. For media coverage visit CRIMEFEST IN THE MEDIA.
One of the convention highlights is the Saturday evening gala awards dinner. It includes after-dinner speeches by Featured Guest Authors, as well as the announcements of the winners of the CRIMEFEST AWARDS. In charge of ceremonies is the Toastmaster or mistress.
Gala Dinner ticket holders are invited to nominate two people they would like to sit with. All the tables are made up from a mix of authors, readers, etc.
On Sunday there is either a buffet or set-menu dinner for those delegates who are staying on an extra night.
A limited number of tickets are available to the dinners, so book early to avoid disappointment. Go to the BUY TICKETS page to register now!
The winners of the CRIMEFEST Awards are to be announced at the Gala Dinner.
The CRIMEFEST Awards include:
- the Audible Sounds of Crime Award
for best crime audiobook
- the eDunnit Award
for best crime ebook
- the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award
for best humorous crime novel
- the H.R.F. Keating Award
for best biographical/critical book related to crime fiction.
For more information visit the CRIMEFEST AWARDS page.
There will be a number of trips leading up to the convention, some of which may include lunches with crime novelists who write about the locations you will visit. So, whether you are travelling from near or from far, why not make CRIMEFEST a holiday? Bristol has an international airport and the city is easily accessible by train, bus and car. Visit the TRIPS/WHAT TO DO and HOW TO GET HERE pages for more information.
CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP/PITCH AN AGENT
CRIMEFEST organises a crime writing workshop for aspiring writers. The workshop includes a limited number of one-on-one assessment of submitted work; panels on various aspects of writing; and an intensive afternoon class.
Are you an aspiring author looking for an agent? Representatives from leading literary agencies will be at CRIMEFEST and unpublished crime writers without representation will have ten minutes to pitch their manuscripts to each of these top agents. Consider it speed dating for an agent!
Visit the WORKSHOPS/PITCH AN AGENT page for more details.