The Crime Writers’ Association

Crime Cymru online festival is back!


Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival 2022 will be online, free to viewers, and include well-known national and international crime writers as well as featuring Welsh authors to cater to a range of tastes.

At the festival, we will be showcasing stars of the crime fiction firmament including CWA members Ann Cleeves, , Lilja Sigurðardóttir, , Mari Hannah, Vaseem Khan and Elly Griffiths as well as Crime Cymru members like Chris Lloyd (this year’s HWA Gold Crown winner), B E Jones (whose novel, Wilderness, will be coming to Amazon Prime this year) and Philip Gwynne Jones (who writes the bestselling Nathan Sutherland novels set in Venice). Also featured will be Mark Billingham and Abir Mukjerjee.

For true-crime fans, we have a rare opportunity to learn about one of the UK’s most notorious murders, the axe-killing of private investigator Daniel Morgan. Daniel’s brother Alastair and investigative journalist Peter Jukes will reveal all.

Events take place in two three-evening blocks: 27–29 of April and 2–4 of May 2022.

For those wondering, gŵyl is the Welsh word for festival, and one of the aims of the festival is to introduce more readers to the great fiction of Wales, historical and contemporary in English and in Welsh.  We are also proud to be able to provide events in Welsh as well as English.

Our Crime Close Up programme offers short readings prior to each panel and will introduce viewer to new Welsh talent. We are also going to be introducing the winners of the First Novel Competition who will be doing readings as part of the Crime Close Up programme.

Have a look at our programme, there’s something for everyone, so come see what might interest you:

For the second year in a row, due to the generous support of Aberystwyth Town Council and Literature Wales, we are able to offer all tickets free of charge, maximising our ability to showcase the rising stars of Welsh crime fiction to world-wide audiences alongside their better-known UK counterparts.

If you can’t wait and would like to see the panels form last year, all participating authors concerned kindly allowed us to put up recordings of their panels on our Youtube channel, and can be viewed here: Gwyl Crime Cymru Festival You Tube Channel

The Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival is the public face of Crime Cymru, the Welsh writers’ co-operative. Find out more and investigate some great fiction in our website, Crime.Cymru.

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