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Writing Crime: a residential crime fiction writing course

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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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Sally Spedding Fear Workshop at Narberth Book Fair

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sally’s workshop ‘Fear is the Key’ on settings for crime/thrillers begins at 1.15pm during Narberth Book Fair 10am-4pm Full details – ​Sally’s latest book, Behold a Pale Horse, is now out. Cut to the Bone, Sally’s eighth crime chiller published in 2015, has been optioned for a film to be set in Jamaica. It’s currently in development, and filming will begin next year. She is currently working on a crime series set near Le Mans. Footfall, the first, introduces wannabe gendarme, the…

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Deadlier Than the Male

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join CWA Dagger in the Library shortlisted Kate Ellis, Cath Staincliffe and Sarah Ward as we discuss the rise of the feminine protagonist in contemporary crime fiction and the importance of the female viewpoint in this genre. Our panel will be discussing their latest and their previous novels and also their influences – both contemporary writers and those that set the bar high from the beginning, such as Patricia Highsmith and – of course – Agatha Christie. Join us for what promises to…

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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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First Monday

October 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

London’s premier crime fiction event, First Monday, returns to City University in Northampton Square (Angel Tube) on 2nd October. It’s a stellar line-up, as usual, with 2017’s CWA Diamond Dagger recipient Ann Cleeves, Mark Edwards, Caz Frear and Iceland’s own Lilja Sigurðardóttir – all being chivvied along by Rod Reynolds in the chair. That’s five brilliant crime authors for the price of – well – nothing now that City University’s Crime Thriller MA are sponsoring the evening. As always, it’s…

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International Translation Day 2017

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

International Translation Day is the annual event for the literary translation community. It is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to gather and network and debate significant issues and developments within the sector, discuss challenges and celebrate success. The vibrant day-long programme includes seminars on gender and sexuality in translation, translating human rights, new initiatives for and by literary translators, sessions focused on poetry and Arabic, and a mass translating for theatre workshop. Plus a…

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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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Murder in the Library!

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Talk with Leye Adenle, Alison Bruce & James Carol Celebrate National Libraries Week with the launch of our new bi-monthly Crime Panel, where best-selling authors will visit Chiswick and Osterley Libraries. With the CWA Daggers due to be announced at the end of the month, our authors this evening share the privilege of being included on shortlists both past and present. Not so much murder, but more ‘Daggers in the Library’! Leye Adenle is currently on the CWA Short…

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Yeovil Literary Festival

October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm

Crime events mostly take place in Yeovil Library and the Octagon Theatre and will include authors in conversation, a workshop and a pop-up reading group. Authors include Stephen Booth, Clare Donoghue, Mark Billingham, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler and the CWA Dagger award winner, David Young. In addition, catch bestseller Martina Cole in a pre-festival event on Tues 17 October at 7.30pm in the Manor Hotel.

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