[See Updates under PAST CRIMEFEST WEBSITES for older newsletters.]
Tuesday, 17 September 2019.
Welcome to the first newsletter for CRIMEFEST 2020.
Grab those diaries! 4-7 June 2020. Buzzing Bristol is bracing itself for a crime wave.
In this newsletter:
– CRIMEFEST IS OPEN FOR 2020 REGISTRATIONS
– MARTINA COLE & ZOË SHARP CONFIRMED
– DICK FRANCIS: GHOST OF HONOUR
– CRIMEFEST CHARITIES
– 2020 CRIMEFEST AWARDS
– HOTEL DISCOUNT CODES
– PITCH AN AGENT
– INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
– CAPITAL CRIME
Registration for 2020 is now officially OPEN. If you’re quick, you can get criminally good bang for your buck with our Early Bird offer of £145 – valid until the end of September. The Full Pass includes a programme book, a delegate bag and admission to all events (with exception of the Gala Dinner and Pitch an Agent). Prices then go up to £165 from October, £185 from mid December, with the final increase to £200 from April.With thanks to our headline sponsor, Specsavers, we are delighted to offer a limited number of discounted community passes for students, librarians and those on benefits, to ensure CRIMEFEST is accessible and affordable to all.
Register early to avoid disappointment! To book, go to our TICKET page.
Are you an Author?
Once publisher registrations are processed, we fully expect to be able to offer you a panel. The earlier you book, the better chance of securing a panel. Full details on the website.
MARTINA COLE & ZOË SHARP CONFIRMED
Martina Cole has confirmed as one of the 2020 Featured Guest Authors! The acknowledged ‘queen of crime’ with more than 20 novels and over a dozen No.1 bestsellers, Martina stands accused of having the most electrifying criminal record in the publishing world. Examine the evidence: she’s famously the most requested author in the prison library service (especially her book The Jump, which was about a prison escape); critics have said her writing ‘makes EastEnders look like Teletubbies’; booksellers report her novels are the most nicked ones in store – oh, and she’s sold around ten million books. Guilty as charged!
Also booked is Zoë Sharp, the 2020 Gala Dinner Toastrix! Zoë is a regular fixture at CRIMEFEST, and we’re thrilled the author of the Charlie Fox series is back as our Gala Dinner Toastrix. You can grab Early Bird tickets for the Gala Dinner now for just £55! (Visit the TICKET page.)
DICK FRANCIS: GHOST OF HONOUR
As CRIMEFEST is based on American-style conventions, it is only right that we import a feature that makes a regular appearance at our US counterparts: the Ghost of Honour. To celebrate the birth of Dick Francis 100 years ago, CRIMEFEST will be hosting a panel with three people who knew the author well: Simon Brett, a close friend; his editor for many years, Jenny Dereham; and Felix Francis, his son, latter-day co-author, and now the sole writer of the Dick Francis novels.
Since the first convention, CRIMEFEST’s official charity has been the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s library. With our Dagger nominated short story collection, Ten Year Stretch, we raised well over £6,000 which allows us to sponsor the conversion of two crime novels into audiobooks. (And you can still support our campaign by buying a copy (UK/US)of the anthology or by making a donation.)
In addition, for 2020 we invited our Featured Guest, Martina Cole, to nominate a guest charity. Gingerbread is the leading national charity for single parents providing advice and support for single mums and dads. First becoming a single parent at 18, and again in later life, Martina has been a Gingerbread ambassador since 2008. You can read her impassioned piece on single parenthood on the charity’s website here and donate here.
2020 CRIMEFEST AWARDS
2020 sees the annual CRIMEFEST awards return with two new categories: the Specsavers Debut Award for Best Crime Novel by a previously unpublished author; and the TV Crime Drama Award for Best Crime Drama based on a crime novel. We will be inviting the general public to vote for their favourite crime drama. More news on that in an upcoming newsletter!
Congratulations to 2019’s winners of the CRIMEFEST awards:
Audible Sounds of Crime Award for best unabridged crime audiobook
– Robert Galbraith for Lethal White, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)
eDunnit Award for the best crime fiction ebook
– Laura Lippman for Sunburn (Faber and Faber)
H.R.F. Keating Award for best biographical/critical book related to crime fiction
– James Sallis for Difficult Lives – Hitching Rides (No Exit Press)
Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime
– Lynne Truss for A Shot in the Dark (Bloomsbury)
(We’re delighted that Lynne is the first of the adult crime fiction winners to accept our offer to appear at next year’s CRIMEFEST!)
Best Crime Novel for Children (aged 8-12)
– Lauren St. John for Kat Wolfe Investigates (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (aged 12-16)
– Nikesh Shukla for Run, Riot (Hodder Children’s Books)
HOTEL DISCOUNT CODES
We anticipate sending out the discount booking codes for the Bristol Mercure Grand – the CRIMEFEST convention hotel, and the Radisson Blu – the four-star overspill hotel, later this month. (Please note that the discount codes are only sent to delegates once they have registered.) Both four-star hotels usually sell out, so buy TICKETS soon to avoid disappointment.
For details of nearby budget hotels, go to WHERE TO STAY.
Pitch an Agent returns in 2020 with Pitch originator Camilla Bolton from the Darley Anderson Agency, and Hannah Sheppard from DHH Literary Agency confirmed to date. These agencies represent giants of the genre including Lee Child and Martina Cole, and leading authors including Tana French, Ragnar Jónasson, B.A. Paris and L.C. Tyler. You make your pitch to all three agents simultaneously (but privately, so no public humiliation – or triumph…) If you are looking for an agent, have not previously participated, and are not commercially published, then this is for you! Pitch an Agent is only open to delegates with a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass. Visit PITCH AN AGENT for more information or buy TICKETS.
INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
Increasingly authors are going it alone and self-publishing their books because the financial rewards can be significantly greater than the traditional path. Also, publishing houses are now using the sales figures of self-published authors as a tool to seek out new talent. Recognising this development, CRIMEFEST organises a panel to give four independently published authors a chance to discuss their work. If you are a self-published crime writer and are interested in participating on this panel then visit THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE page for more information or to sign up.
The CRIMEFEST organisers welcome an exciting new festival to the crime fiction calendar: Capital Crime. With Goldsboro Books’ David Headley on board as co-host – together with thriller writer Adam Hamdy – it looks criminally good! With an incredible list of headliners such as Kate Atkinson, David Baldacci, Martina Cole, Robert Harris, Lynda La Plante and Ian Rankin, as well as inspired panels, this is bound to be a huge success! Day passes are only £80 and weekend passes are £150, but do hurry: Capital Crime starts in less than ten days! See the full guest line-up and buy your tickets here.
Also coming up is Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. This year it is being held in Dallas, Texas. CRIMEFEST will be there with a registration booth, as well as the usual Quality Street selection and – all being well – the Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry. So do stop by and say hello!
That’s it until the next newsletter!
With best wishes,
Donna Moore & Adrian Muller,