The Crime Writers’ Association

The Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing & Drama


Now in its fourth year, the capital’s only exclusively author-led festival will take place on Sunday 15 March 2020 – at Brown’s Courtrooms, Covent Garden, London.

The 2020 festival will include appearances by, amongst others, CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves (Vera, Shetland); Mike Fuller, who was the first (and, so far, only) BAME Chief Constable in the UK and Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service; Alison Levitt QC, chief counsel to the Crown Prosecution Service in the Savile enquiry; forensic scientist Dr Angela Gallop CBE, who worked on the Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor cases, and top criminologist and TV presenter Professor David Wilson.

Also celebrated at the festival will be the Killer Women mentoring scheme. The scheme was launched this year to find and encourage new female voices in crime fiction from BAME and low income or working-class backgrounds and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and backed by J.K. Rowling, Val McDermid, our very own Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves and Martina Cole. There will be exclusive readings from the four mentees at the festival.

London’s friendly boutique crime festival attracts crime fiction, true crime and crime drama fans from across the country and abroad, and the 2020 programme will be as packed as ever with bestselling and new authors as well as experts in policing, forensics and criminology. In the spirit of inclusivity, tickets for the day will be priced at an affordable £75 or – for those who take advantage of the early bird special – just £65. Sign up for early bird tickets and news of the programme line up at

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