The Crime Writers’ Association

Kate Ellis headlines at Crediton Literary Festival with a crime focus

A one-day Literary Festival on Saturday 5 June presented online via Zoom. Sixteen authors are speaking on a range of genres throughout the day, with a 10pm crime panel, Victoria Dowd at 1.30pm and Kate Ellis headlining in the afternoon. Tickets are free, with donations invited to support the work of Crediton Library.

Full line-up:

10.00am CRIME PANEL Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street) CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger winner 2020, Guardian Book of the Year list

Catherine Cooper (The Chalet) Sunday Times Top 5 Bestseller and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2021

Tom Benjamin (A Quiet Death in Italy / Hunting Season)


12.00pm HISTORICAL PANEL – “Forgotten Voices”

1.30pm “NEW RULES: Agatha Christie and the rules for modern detective fiction”

Victoria Dowd (The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder / Body on the Island) People’s Book Prize 2020/2021

2.30pm “MILL GRANGE: For the love of Exmoor and Scones” – Romantic novelist Jenny Kane

3.30pm Headline Speaker: KATE ELLIS – award-winning crime author

CWA Dagger in the Library 2019 award winning author of the Wesley Peterson novels discusses her writing career

Kate will be talking about her writing career. Her latest books are The House of the Hanged Woman, the third in the Albert Lincoln trilogy set in the aftermath of World War I, which came out in paperback in May, and a long-running series about modern-day policeman Wesley Peterson – the next book in the series is out in hardback in August.


Nikki Smith (All in Her Head / Look What You Made Me Do)

Philippa East (Safe and Sound)

Penny Batchelor (My Perfect Sister) Guardian Not The Booker Prize 2020 longlist

Emma Christie (The Silent Daughter) longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2021


Stephanie Scott (What’s Left of Me is Yours) Observer Top 10 Debut Novelists 2020, New York Times Editor’s Pick, Daily Mail and Woman & Home Book of the Year

Your FREE ticket will get you access to the whole day so you can attend whichever panels you like.

Although free, we would love it if you felt it worthwhile to make a small donation to help the library service continue to operate in difficult times. Please visit to do that! Thank you



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