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Meet the Crime Writers at the CWA Conference in Torquay


April 17 - April 19

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.   One of the many benefits of being a member of the Crime Writers’ Association is that you get to attend our criminally good conferences. Each year we travel to a different part of the country and have lots of fun, socialising, networking – and listening to fascinating speakers who share their expertise on topics we might be able to use in our next novels. We also talk about how we as an organisation can better…

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Peaky Blinders Themed Murder Mystery Dinner

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Red Herring Games will be hosting one of their exceptionally popular Audience Participation murder mystery nights at Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Friday 17th April. Book your place for a three-course meal and an evening of murder and mystery.  Rather than going out for a meal and being “entertained” by others –  it will be you, the audience, who become the suspects! For more information and to book tickets visit the Red Herring Games…

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Newcastle Noir 2020

May 1 - May 3

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Fast becoming one of the premier crime writing festivals in the North East of England, Newcastle Noir is now in its seventh year. Join local, national and international crime readers and writers in this celebration of all things bookishly criminal, all wrapped up in some down-to-earth Geordie hospitality. The programme for the festival will be confirmed at the end of January, but book the dates (1 – 3 May) now!

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Author Event with Bill Rogers


May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Meet Bill Rogers, the Bolton based author who specialises in crime thrillers set in and around Manchester and the North West. He has five books published to date, and two more due out this Autumn. The Cleansing was shortlisted for the LongBarn Books Debut Novel Award, and A Trace of Blood reached the semi-final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2009.

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Historical Murder Talk with Marianne Howell


May 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Local Historian and chair of the Lancashire Local History Federation, Marianne Howell, will be visiting Wigan Library to do a talk on the infamous Button Pit Murder that took place in the 19th Century. It is a story of how a family man’s ordinary night at work turned into a crime that shocked the community. The national press of the time described the murder of Pit worker James Barton as a ‘murder most gross, foul and…

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Author Event with David Jackson


May 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Meet David Jackson, acclaimed author of the crime thriller series featuring New York detective Callum Doyle and his more recent, DS Nathan Cody series which is set in Liverpool. “I was a latecomer to fiction writing, having spent most of my adult life producing academic papers and reports. After some limited success entering short story competitions, I submitted  the first few chapters of a novel to the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Awards. To my great…

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Author Event with Kate Bendelow


May 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED TO DUE CORONAVIRUS. Kate will be giving you an insight into life behind the crime scene tape. Discussing how she became a crime scene investigator, what the job is really like, and how the CSI effect led to her becoming a writer.  

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Author Event with Kate Ellis


May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. CWA Dagger in the Library winning author Kate Ellis will be hosting this event to talk about her journey into writing, her successful DI Wesley Peterson detective novels, as well as the Albert Lincoln trilogy and the Joe Plantagenet mysteries. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

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Author Event with Caroline England AKA Caro Land


May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Former divorce lawyer and writer of domestic psychological thrillers, Caroline will be visiting us to tell about her life as a crime writer. Her debut novel ‘Beneath the Skin’ was released to wide acclaim and has since been followed by ‘My Husband’s Lies’ and ‘Betray Her’. Caroline also writes under the name Caro Land and has recently had the book ‘Convictions’ hit the shops and the library shelves.

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Author Event with Mark Roberts


May 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Mark Roberts author of The Sixth Soul, What She Saw, Blood Mist, Dead Silent, Day of the Dead, Killing Time, and  Date With Death. Mark Roberts is a Liverpool based bestselling crime writer of the DCI Rosen and Eve Clay series’. He has also received a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for his playwrighting. Join Mark as he helps guide you through the process of writing a crime novel and be inspired to write or perfect…

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Author Event with Martin Baggoley


May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Classic Murders of the Victorian North West, a true crime history talk by Martin Baggoley. Author of ‘Death on the Victorian Beat: The Shocking Story of Police Deaths;’ ‘Hanged in Lancashire’ and ‘Murder on the High Seas.’ Join Martin as he guides you through a brief history of foul play that took place in the Victorian North West of England. Unmissable, booking essential

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Author Event with Chris Simms


May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Join us for a talk with Chris Simms, author of the popular DI Spicer and DC Khan novels. Along with nominations for the CWA daggers and the Theakston’s crime novel of the year award, Chris was selected by Waterstones as one of their ’25 authors for the future.’

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Author Event with Stephen Booth


May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Join us for a talk by award winning author Stephen Booth. Tickets are Free due to the kindness of the group FOSL (Friends of Standish Library). Booking essential. Phone 01257 400496 for more info.

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Murder by Water – Canals, Rivers and Crime Fiction


May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Best-selling author of the Cooper and Fry novels, Stephen Booth (‘A modern master’ The Guardian) joins Worcestershire-based crime author Andy Griffee for a lively discussion of dark waters and deadly secrets. Stephen’s latest book (Drowned Lives) and Andy’s thrillers (Canal Pushers and River Rats) both feature murder on the towpath. They’ll discuss the appeal of ‘Canal Noir’, their approach to writing and the crime fiction that they enjoy reading.

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Novel Writing Workshop with Dea Parkin, Secretary of the CWA


May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Join Lancashire based editor and writer Dea Parkin as she demystifies the editing process, explores the nuts and bolts of copy-editing and offers up some handy tips, revealing the most common problems she comes across as an editor and how to fix them. Dea is a writer, poet, and owner of Fiction Feedback – an editorial consultancy service. She is also the current secretary of the CWA.

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Author Event with Paul Finch


May 26 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVRIUS. Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist now turned best-selling crime and thriller writer, and is the author of the very popular DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg and DC Lucy Clayburn novels. Paul first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in horror, fantasy and science-fiction, including for Dr Who. However, he is probably best known for his crime/thriller novels, specifically the Heckenburg police-actioners, of…

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Author Event with Malcolm Hollingdrake


May 28 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Author of nine novels in his successful Harrogate crime series, featuring DCI Bennett, come join our local author Malcolm Hollingdrake at Golborne Library and learn all about his background and how he writes his novels.

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CrimeFest 2020


June 4 - June 7

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. This summer, Bristol will once again host one of the world’s leading crime fiction conventions. CRIMEFEST is for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. This year guest speakers include CWA Diamond Dagger winner Robert Goddard, Laura Lippman…

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Crime Writers at the Oxford Indie Book Fair


June 13

POSTPONED UNTIL 13 JUNE. Crime writers and CWA members Peter Tickler, Debrah Martin and Jake Lynch will be joining other indie and hybrid authors in a celebration of independent writing and publishing in Oxford on Saturday 13th June. There will be free talks and entertainment all day. For further details, visit the festival’s website.

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Crime Scene Investigation Workshop


October 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bestselling CWA member Sam Blake will be in Huddersfeld on Sunday 18th October as part of Think Forensic’s crime scene investigation workshop. Many of you will be familiar with Think Forensic from the workshops they give at Theakstons Crime Festival and the Murder One International Crime Festival in Dublin. Sam will be discussing the writing side, while Think Forensic’s team of ex police officers will take you through your paces at the sharp end looking at everything from blood splatter…

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