The Crime Writers' Association

Looking for a speaker?

Do you need a speaker or speakers for your library, club, organisation, festival or writers’ group?
Across the country we have crime writers who would love to participate. Feel free to email secretary@thecwa.co.uk who will put you in touch with individuals.

There are also crime writers who have joined together into groups who would be delighted to come and speak to you. These groups are:

The CWA - UK

The CWA is willing to provide speakers on business development for writers, marketing, getting an agent and publisher and a writer’s life.

We also have specialists on crime sub genres such as Golden Age.

Please get in touch.

Email the CWA

Lethal Ladies & Co - UK wide

Lethal Ladies & Co is a crime writers’ performance group headed by Maureen Carter and Sarah Rayne. The lethal ladies provide tailor-made evenings for writers’ groups, libraries, bookshops – anyone who loves reading, writing or simply talking about books. Sarah and Maureen offer talks with audience participation, readings, a panel, or a double-whammy of a story-telling evening, complete with sound effects. Whatever you’re looking for, Lethal Ladies & Co can work out a programme.

Email Sarah RayneEmail Maureen Carter

The Medieval Murderers - UK

are a group of authors available for speaking events. The members are: Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Michael Jecks, Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden and CJ Sansom, and regularly attend literary events together or in smaller, more manageable groups.

Promising medieval mayhem, murder and magic, the Medieval Murderers are a very popular performance group whose aim is to leave the audience laughing. Sometimes not at the Murderers themselves. With a wealth of anecdotes and jokes about writers, writing, publishers and Merrie, Murderous England, the Medieval Murderers are now one of the top speaking groups of writers in the country.

Medieval Murderers now offer a range of talks, with two to four Murderers speaking together, or can provide a full workshop event to last a whole day for writing groups, creative writing courses and libraries.

Email The Medieval Murderers

Murder Ancient and Modern - UK and International

The husband-and-wife team of Edward Marston and Judith Cutler have written over eighty crime novels between them, though never one together. Edward’s speciality is historical crime while Judith’s focus is on the contemporary scene. Not always seriously, they contrast and compare their experience in the genre, and are happy to encourage – and warn – aspiring writers.

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Oxblood - Oxford and surrounding areas

A  group of successful crime novelists based in and around Oxford featuring Patricia Hall, Jane Jakeman, Simon Kernick and Gemma O’Connor. Oxblood authors love to talk about our work. If you would like to invite all or some of us to visit your local festival, bookshop or library, or to run a creative writing workshop we would be happy to oblige.

Email Oxblood

Reality Bites - UK

Reality Bites the collective identity of writers of true crime; it is too new to have a group website or central contact point – potential bookers should get in touch with individual speakers. Includes Martin Baggoley, Steve Fielding, Brian Innes, Diane Janes, Dick Kirby, Mark Mower, Ian Pepper and Linda Stratmann.

The Secrets of Crime Writing - UK wide

Whether cosy or hard-boiled, historical or modern, crime fiction in all of its many forms exerts a fascination for readers of all tastes and ages. Now some of Britain’s leading professional crime writers have joined together to spill the beans about their work and to share unique insights into the mysterious and intriguing world of fictional crime.

Take three writers selected from Russell JamesGillian LinscottPriscilla Masters, Iain McDowallPhil RickmanBetty Rowlands and Rebecca Tope. Mix in lively debate – humorous, thought-provoking and controversial by turns. Stir with an audience-friendly attitude. Result: the Secrets of Crime Writing, increasingly in demand at literary festivals, bookshops, writing groups, libraries and other venues throughout the UK.

Email The Secrets of Crime Writing