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

2024 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger recipients:

James Lee Burke
(live video interview)

Also Featuring:

PD James

Ghost of Honour
P.D. James

Cathy Ace

Leader of Toasts
Cathy Ace

MURDLE @ CrimeFest


an immersive event with creator
G.T. Karber

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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:

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.