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Chilterns Heritage Festival. Author Talk – Dave Sivers: ‘Chiltern Thrills – Making Crime Pay’.

Aston Clinton

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dave Sivers, crime fiction author, will take you on his journey from lifelong scribbler to minor bestseller, the seismic changes in the publishing industry in the past ten years and the challenges of setting gritty crime fiction in a pleasant rural area.

He calls his crime fiction novels ‘Chiltern Noir’: his popular series featuring detectives Lizzie Archer and Dan Baines are set in Buckinghamshire’s Aylesbury Vale, and In Ink, published in 2020, introduced DI Nathan Quarrel in the start of a new series set in West Hertfordshire. He is a co-founder of Ivinghoe’s BeaconLit book festival.

Dave was born and raised in West London but has lived in the Chilterns for most of his adult life.

A drink on arrival is included in the price.

Dave Sivers will talk from 7.30 – 8.15 pm with questions, book signings and socialising to follow. There will also be an opportunity for you to buy other drinks after the talk and copies of his books, if you wish to.

The venue, Red Kite Pavillion, opened earlier this year and has been nominated for a 2021 Chiltern Society Design Award.

To find out more about Dave please click here 

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CrimeCon: Festival of True Crime Comes Live to London


September 25 - September 26

CrimeCon, the world’s biggest true crime festival, will once again be live and in central London this autumn: across the weekend of 25-26 September. True crime fans, starved of in-person events, will be able to meet authors, publishers, documentary makers, podcasters and law enforcement professionals.

The workshops, panels and talks will delve deeper into cases, examine evidence and hear real life stories from survivors and victims’ families.

The CWA will be hosting a panel on Sunday 26 September called Exhuming the Past: Writing historical true crime. Talking about writing true crime from the past will be CWA members Daniel Smith and Jeremy Craddock, and the panel will be chaired by Dagger shortlisted author and CWA member Susannah Stapleton. They will discuss the nitty-gritty of their work, from the challenges and ethics of historical research to crafting a compelling story.

Daniel Smith is the author of The Peer and the Gangster, investigating the relationship between Conservative peer Lord Boothby and Ronnie Kray, and its subsequent cover-up. His other books include Scandal at Dolphin Square: A Notorious History, and The Ardlamont Mystery, exploring the links between a true-life Victorian murder trial and its links to Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle.

Jeremy Craddock is a journalist and author who worked for more than 20 years on newspapers and magazines in the north-west of England. One of the biggest stories he covered was the Lady in the Lake murder case in 1997. He now teaches multimedia journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he also contributes to a media law podcast, Bang to Rights. The Jigsaw Murders: The True Story of the Ruxton Killings and the Birth of Modern Forensics is his first book. It is a case that has haunted him since childhood as he used to live near the murder scene.

Susannah Stapleton combines her love of Golden Age detective fiction and a long career as a historical researcher to write true crime that highlights early twentieth century women’s history. Her first book, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime was shortlisted for the 2020 ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.

This is a ‘Covid-proof’ event. Should the event not be possible due to Covid-19 restrictions and moved to a later date, all tickets will be transferred automatically or refunded in full immediately upon request. So you can book in confidence.

The event will be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel & Spa, St Paul’s. You can find out more about the fantastic line up and book your tickets here.

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Forensics workshop online: postponed till 9 October

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Forensics workshop: postponed from 4 Sep to 9 October

 Want to know more about what happens at a real crime scene? Then join Graham Bartlett (former senior police officer) Kate Bendelow (working SOCO and author of The Real CSI: A handbook for crime writers) and Brian Price, (author of Crime writing: how to write the science) for a one-day online workshop on Saturday Saturday 4 September 9 October.

You will be taken through a crime scene and police procedures and forensic techniques will be explained. Common errors will be pointed out and you will produce a short piece of writing which the presenters will comment on.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm and costs £90. For more details, please go to

Due to one of our tutors being ill, we have postponed this until 9 Oct. All those booked have been contacted, bookings are still open for 9 Oct.

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The CWA Presents: Criminal Minds #2

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Minds for Murder: Psychology of Killing – Dr Emma Donnelly

At this online event, consultant clinical forensic psychologist and adviser to best-selling authors and screenwriter, Dr Emma Donnelly, will walk us through the psychology of a criminal. With expertise in homicide, sexual violence, violent crimes, drug offences, and gang-related crime, Emma will unpack the complexities that motivate crimes and how this is unpacked after the fact.

Tickets available to the public from Tuesday 27 July.

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Thame Arts and Literature Festival: Alan Johnson in conversation with CWA member Dave Sivers


October 15 @ 2:30 pm

Alan Johnson’s childhood memoir This Boy was published in 2013. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, Britain’s top political writing award. His second volume of memoirs Please Mr Postman (2014) won the National Book Club award for Best Biography. The final book in his memoir trilogy, The Long and Winding Road (2016) won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir. Alan was a Labour MP for 20 years before retiring ahead of the 2017 general election.

Alan’s debut crime novel, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill, has been acclaimed as ‘a fast paced, elegant and warm-hearted debut thriller from award-winning writer and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson’. Gary Nelson has a pretty uneventful life until a chain of events leads to him finding himself on the run from Russian secret agents, mobsters and even the Metropolitan Police.

Alan will be in conversation with Dave Sivers, Buckinghamshire crime writer, author of the popular Archer & Baines series and co-founder of the BeaconLit Book Festival.

Dave’s sixth book in the popular Archer and Baines series, Die in the Dark was released in March 2021.

To find out more about Dave please click here 

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Murder at the Seaview Hotel online book launch

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Book Launch (online) as part of Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival
Murder at the Seaview Hotel by Glenda Young

Join Sunderland’s best-selling author Glenda Young online as she launches her debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel, published by Headline.

Set in Scarborough, the book stars 12 Elvis impersonators, called Twelvis! When one is murdered and his blue suede shoes are stolen, hotel landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to solve the crime.

Web link will go live on Wednesday 27 October at 2pm

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Perfect Crime One-Day Festival, Liverpool


November 13

Liverpool’s First Ever Crime Fiction Day

Perfect Crime UK is LIVE and IN PERSON this November, and have we got a lineup for you!

Ann Cleeves, creator of Vera and Shetland, will be appearing in two sessions at this all-day event for crime fans in Liverpool on Saturday 13th November, discussing with Elly Griffiths the marginal and coastal communities in their writing and chatting about forensic aspects of crime writing with pathologist Professor James Grieve.

Our star-studded line-up also features Sophie Hannah, Mel Sherratt, CWA Diamond Dagger winner Martin Edwards and Gold Dagger winner M W Craven.

Author panels will discuss all things crime, from Agatha Christie through gritty psychological thrillers, to murder on the Mersey. There will be a chance for readers to quiz their favourite authors, and to buy signed copies of their books – just in time for those hard-to-please relatives and friends at Christmas! And for aspiring writers, David Jackson will run a workshop on ‘writing the killer pitch’.

Perfect Crime is organised by local publisher Ian Skillicorn and Liverpool crime writers Margaret Murphy and Caz Finlay, who are also appearing at the festival.

When Liverpool hosted the British Science Association festival, Margaret helped to organise a head-to-head between crime writers and scientists. The university’s largest lecture hall sold out so fast that they had to arrange a second session. This was in 2008 –  clearly Perfect Crime is long overdue – so we very much look forward to welcoming readers, writers, and crime experts from far and near to a rewarding day of discussion and entertaining chat from some of the top names in British crime fiction and non-fiction.

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Full author guest list: Ann CleevesElly GriffithsSophie HannahMartin Edwards,  Mel SherrattSusanna BeardRhiannon Ward, Amanda BrookeHeather BurnsideMW CravenCaz FinlayBarry Forshaw, Senior Forensic Pathologist Prof James GrieveNoelle HoltenDavid JacksonMargaret Murphy / Ashley Dyer

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The CWA Presents: Criminal Minds #3

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Disrupting Criminal Patterns: Crime Science and Cybercrime – Vaseem Khan

Vaseem works at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, and will provide insight and understanding into the activities of cyber criminals and what’s being done to prevent cybercrime. Vaseem is also the winner of the 2021 CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger.

Tickets available to the public from Tuesday 27 July.

Only £5.

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