The annual crime fiction convention is for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. CrimeFest draws top crime novelists, readers, editors and publishers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. If you sign up to our newsletter, you will be sent early registration offers.

One of “the 50 best festivals in the world” —The Guardian

2024 Featured Guests

Ghost of Honour

P.D. James
with Simon Brett, Frances Fyfield, and Peter Kemp

Leader of Toasts

Cathy Ace

Cathy Ace

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For a list of all the participating authors visit the Authors & Delegates page.

Convention Location

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Broad Street,
Bristol BS1 2EL
United Kingdom

Mercure Bristol Grand hotel

In Association With:

Specsavers
Headline Sponsor
Cause UK
Crime Time
Free@Last TV
HW Fisher

One of “the 50 best festivals” in the U.K. —The Independent


CrimeFest’s stated aim is to give all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. Attendees are asked to respect commonsense rules for public behaviour, personal interaction, common courtesy and the rights of others. CrimeFest supports diversity and free speech, and all attendees are expected to be considerate of others. Comments and views expressed by interviewers, interviewees, moderators and panellists during CrimeFest are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisers.