The Crime Writers’ Association

CrimeFest

CrimeFest, a veritable smorgasbord of who's who in crime writing, is a four-day-long festival held in Bristol May 19-22. For details please see the CrimeFest website. There's a mindblowing programme and all for a very reasonable fee. The CWA will b...


Social media guide

Social media guide Between Twitter and Facebook, the CWA has more than 25,000 followers on social media, and also runs a Facebook group with more than 1700 members. We encourage all members to take advantage of this reach! Twitter The CWA ac...


Vintage Thrillers Film Weekend, Chester

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 ...


Slaughter in Southwold Crime Writers Festival Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June

2017 marks the fifth annual ‘Slaughter in Southwold’ festival featuring talks by a number of top crime writers as well as other crime themed activities. This year’s packed programme features Elly Griffiths, M.J. Arlidge, Isabelle Grey, Harry B...


Bookshop of the Month – September 2021: Cogito Books

This month, author and co-Booksellers Champion, Vaseem Khan, writes about Cogito Books in Hexham, run by Claire Grint. Cogito Books is based in the rural market town of Hexham, in the beautiful county of Northumberland, home to castles and a nearb...


London Chapter Meeting June 22

The next meeting of the CWA London Chapter will be on Wednesday June 22nd at The Cittie of Yorke, High Holborn (north side), in the atmospheric Cellar Bar. Nearest underground Chancery Lane, some nearby streets have free parking after 6.30 p.m. Bar ...


Ann Cleeves to receive CWA Diamond Dagger

Ann Cleeves to receive CWA Diamond Dagger The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that Ann Cleeves is to receive the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime wr...


What Happened When I Won the Debut Dagger by Shelley Burr

When I entered the Debut Dagger, my wild dream was to make the longlist so I would have something to put in my almost bare author bio.The day I won was surreal. Despite the CWA’s urging I didn’t fly from Australia to London for the ceremony, as I...


Val McDermid Honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction

On Thursday 21 July, Val McDermid was announced the winner of the seventh Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. Sara Paretsky, Lynda La Plante, Ruth Rendell, PD James, Colin Dexter and Reginald Hill are former recipi...


C J Sansom Awarded Diamond Dagger

CJ Sansom has been announced as the recipient of the highest honour in British crime writing, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger. One of Britain’s bestselling historical novelists, Christopher John Sansom was born in 1952 in E...


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