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The Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing & Drama

March 15

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…

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Meet the Crime Writers at the CWA Conference in Torquay


April 17 - April 19

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 serve our members, and discuss…

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Newcastle Noir 2020

May 1 - May 3

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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CrimeFest 2020


June 4 - June 7

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 and Zoe Sharp. The…

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