The CWA passionately believes in libraries and, while taking no active political role, works where it can to support and encourage their work.
We do this in several ways.
1. By fostering communication and cooperation to mutual benefit between CWA author members and libraries. In 2018 we appointed three Library Champions in Cilla Masters, John Dean and Jan Newton to initiate, oversee and liaise wherever we can.
How does this work? On one practical level, if you’d like a crime writer to talk at an event at your library, we’ll do our best to find you one. If you’re already holding an event and you would like us to help promote it, let us know (with as much notice as possible) and, where appropriate, we will publicise it to our members and also to our thousands of Crime Readers’ Association subscribers. This is especially the case, of course, where a CWA member is one of the participating authors. We also work wherever we can to support libraries and are open to hearing your views of how we can do that.
2. National Crime Reading Month. The CWA’s initiative promotes events and reading projects that happen in May. Libraries are major hosts.
We have a dedicated website for this where events are listed according to geographical region: www.crimereadingmonth.co.uk . If you’re looking for an author, suggestions on how to set up an event or publicity for an event you already have planned: contact us.
3. Literature that’s connected with the CWA that you and your borrowers might also find useful.
We can supply digital posters and flyers for you to use in your library, helping to make you more indispensable than ever to the aspiring writer and the public at large.
4. Competitions that support writers. For example, the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition, and the Debut Dagger competition for the opening of a crime novel from an unpublished writer.
5. The competition that supports readers, borrowers and libraries: Dagger in the Library.
The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards are the longest established literary awards in Britain and the Dagger in the Library has a special place in the lexicon. It’s a different kind of Dagger from the others. For one thing, it’s awarded to a crime writer for a body of work that is popular with borrowers, rather than for one book. For another, it’s libraries who nominate, not publishers. For more information on Dagger in the Library and to nominate, click here.
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You might also be interested in the CRA site: www.thecra.co.uk . Here you can find out more about our authors’ books and sign up for bimonthly Case Files and the regular CRA newsletter.
Organised by the Crime Writers’ Association, the month of May is National Crime Reading Month (NCRM) in the UK. To launch NCRM, CRIMEFEST is once again organising its Big Library Crime Book Giveaway.
With thanks to participating publishers, up to 1000 mixed crime titles will be given away to readers visiting five PARTICIPATING BRISTOL LIBRARIES on Saturday, 4 May. (One book per reader.)
CrimeFest Librarian Passes
Libraries across the UK have experienced drastic cuts to funding. As well as libraries closing completely, this also means that librarians have seen their hours cut and their salaries reduced. We appreciate the amazing work that librarians do to champion authors and create welcoming spaces for readers. We have made 30 weekend passes for CRIMEFEST available to say thank you. If you are currently employed as a librarian (or have been in the last year), you are eligible for a 50% discount for a weekend pass. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis, with a limit of one per customer and are not transferable. Please get in touch with CrimeFest for more details.
Keep in touch
The CWA believes in libraries. As well as being key participants in the Dagger in the Library award, libraries are key during National Crime Reading Month in June. We aim to share and support libraries’ activities and events through that site which is kept up-to-date from January to July and in general wherever we can throughout the year.
To keep in touch, and receive occasional news and information, please sign up here. You will need one nominated person with an email address to access these resources and a password is provided. Do keep a note of these. All digital promotional materials are free, as is promotion for your library’s activities during National Crime Reading Month on our website: www.crimereadingmonth.co.uk