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Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

July 20 - July 23

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is Europe’s largest event dedicated to the celebration of crime fiction. Taking place annually over four days each July (20-23, 2017), the Festival programmes over 90 best-selling UK and international crime authors and over 30 events. It is delivered by the north of England’s leading arts festival organisation, Harrogate International Festivals. 2017’s Programming Chair is Elly Griffiths. Special guests for the 15th festival include Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Peter May, Stuart MacBride,…

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Dagger Shortlist Evening Reception

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Crime Writers’ Association will announce the shortlists for the 2017 Dagger awards at a drinks reception at Waterstones, Piccadilly (Lower Ground Floor) from 6.30pm on Wednesday July 26. Shortlists will be announced for the following Daggers:   CWA Gold Dagger Ian Fleming Steel Dagger John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Endeavour Historical Dagger International Dagger Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Short Story Dagger Debut Dagger, sponsored by Orion Everyone is welcome to attend, although an email to is appreciated so…

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Vintage Thrillers Film Weekend, Chester

August 11 - August 13

A residential weekend course organised by the Cosmopolitan Film Club (non-profit) is running at Chester University campus on Vintage Thrillers (1950 – 1961) this August. There are seven thrillers being shown commencing on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon.The total cost of the course is £177.88 which includes two night’s accommodation, refreshments and all meals. There are seven thrillers being shown, which are Guilt Is My Shadow (1950), Bang! You’re Dead (1953), The Brain Machine (1955), The Flying Scot (1957),…

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Crime Writing at Swanwick this Summer

August 12 - August 18

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School runs from 12-18 August is pleased to be running two crime-related courses this year. Kate Bendelow, a serving Crime Scene Investigator with over fifteen years’ experience, will be running a course covering forensic advice for crime writers,  while Stuart Gibbon, a former senior police detective, and now a writing consultant, will be running a course on police procedure. Both are also available for one-to-one sessions to discuss work. There’s also the added bonus of guest speaker…

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Bloody Scotland. Deadlier: Sophie Hannah in conversation with Cath Staincliffe

September 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Women crime writers, from Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, have always been a bloodthirsty bunch. They’ve also produced some of the very best work in the genre. A new compilation, Deadlier, contains 100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by award-winning author Sophie Hannah. Sophie will be in conversation with best-selling novelist Cath Staincliffe, the creator of ITV’s hit series, Blue Murder. Cath also writes the Scott &…

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Author Talk with Cath Staincliffe

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Cath Staincliffe at Tottington Library as she talks bout her latest novel. The Girl in the Green Dress follows the story of Allie Kennaway, a teenager who is beaten to death on her Prom night in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change. For more information, please email  

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Writing Crime: a residential crime fiction writing course

September 17 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

Writing Crime is a residential crime fiction writing course in SW France with Clare Mackintosh and Isabelle Grey. It is held from 17th to 23rd September 2017. Guest literary agent is Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown, and the guest speaker is Dr Allen Anscombe, a former Home Office forensic pathologist. For further information or

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Residential Crime Fiction Writing Course: “Writing Crime”

September 17 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

We are running a 5 day residential Crime Writing Retreat in Gascony, SW France in September, and are very excited to welcome award winning authors and CWA members Clare Mackintosh and Isabelle Grey – as well as hugely successful literary agent Sheila Crowley. Students receive 5 hours tuition per day, a personal one to one session with our visiting agent, and feedback on their work. The courses are fully catered for in a lovely 18th century manor house by a…

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Morecambe & Vice Crime Writing Festival

September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

On the Weekend of Sat 30th Sept & Sun 1st October get your little grey cells at the ready and your poisoned pens filled to the brim with ink as the Quirkiest crime festival in the UK will be making its debut in Morecambe.  Set in the auspicious surroundings of the Winter Gardens (most recently seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution) there will be panels and talks & trials and debates as authors and guests…

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Author talk from Cath Staincliffe

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Cath Staincliffe is an award winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath has been shortlisted for the CWA Best First Novel award and for the Dagger in the Library. She was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2012. Letters To My Daughter’s Killer was selected for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club on ITV3 in 2014. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey books…

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