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Society of Authors: Why Women Love Crime Fiction

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Bristol Group of the Society of Authors are hosting an online event on Friday 21 May from 12pm featuring a talk by Professor Helen Taylor on why women love crime fiction. During lockdown, many people have turned to fiction, and crime fiction – already the most commercially successful and popular literary genre – has seen surging sales.  Although traditionally romance was most often associated with female readers, and crime with male, it’s now reported that 65-80% crime fiction is read by…

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Reading Party with M.W. Craven: The Dead Ground

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reading Party with M.W. Craven: The Dead Ground Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused – he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp – but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.…

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Reading Party with Greg Buchanan: Sixteen Horses

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reading Party with Greg Buchanan: Sixteen Horses Every now and again a book comes along with such buzz about it. Sixteen Horses is one of those and we’re proud to invite you to a Reading Party about this stunning debut. Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. Join us to explore this stunningly unsettling literary crime mystery.…

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Kate Ellis headlines at Crediton Literary Festival with a crime focus

June 5

A one-day Literary Festival on Saturday 5 June presented online via Zoom. Sixteen authors are speaking on a range of genres throughout the day, with a 10pm crime panel, Victoria Dowd at 1.30pm and Kate Ellis headlining in the afternoon. Tickets are free, with donations invited to support the work of Crediton Library. Full line-up: 10.00am CRIME PANEL Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street) CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger winner 2020, Guardian Book of the Year list Catherine…

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Crafting Compelling Coppers – celebrate National Crime Reading Month with the CWA

June 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Crime Writers’ Association as we celebrate National Crime Reading Month on Tuesday 15 June at 7.30pm. Authors Jane Bettany (creator of DI Isabel Blood), Liz Mistry (writer of the DI Gus McGuire and Nikki Parekh series), Roz Watkins (DI Meg Dalton) and Paul Gitsham (DCI Warren Jones), discuss “Crafting Compelling Coppers”. Learn what makes their detectives tick and how they came to write about them. Take part in a live Q&A session and hear their top tips for…

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Daggers Live!

July 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The CWA announces the winners of the 2021 Daggers at 7.30pm on 1 July in an online event where we go to winners live in their living rooms. Our guest speaker will be Abir Mukherjee and our M/C for the evening will be the witty and wonderful crime-writing expert Barry Forshaw. Tickets will be free but you’ll need to register with our Eventbrite link which wil be publicised in June. More details to follow – but save the date!

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