The Crime Writers’ Association

Dagger in the Library 2017 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been announced. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in t...


2017 CWA Conference a huge success

The Apex Waterloo Hotel in the historic city of Edinburgh was the setting for the 2017 CWA annual conference, which was well-attended, and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. In addition to the banquet and some fascinating and informative guest speakers,...


Inspector Morse Creator Colin Dexter Dies

The CWA is very sorry to report the death of Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter, aged 86. He died peacefully at his Oxford home on March 21. His characters and storylines have given very many people hours of reading and viewing pleasure. Colin was ...


Two Vice Chairs for the CWA

In a move away from tradition, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has appointed not one but two Vice Chairs for the year 2017-2018. This follows Martin Edwards’ assumption of the role of Chair after serving as Vice Chair since 2015. The two new...


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...


When the Killing Starts with RC Bridgestock

Best-selling crime duo Bob and Carol Bridgestock write as RC Bridgestock and are hosts of the murder mystery evening mentioned above, as well as a jazz night, tea and scones afternoon and many other events in West Yorkshire during June and July in a ...


Martin Edwards Assumes CWA Chair

The Crime Writers’ Association is pleased to announce that crime novelist Martin Edwards has been elected as its new Chair and takes over his duties in January. Martin Edwards is the author of eighteen novels; the most recent is The Dungeon House. ...


Peter James Remembers Carole Blake

Carole Blake: An Appreciation by Peter James I was at a publishing party in 1993 when an apparition swept towards me, champagne glass in hand, a rock the size of a planet hanging around her neck and wild, velvet shoes. ‘I just want to tell you I...


Publishing industry grieves for Carole Blake

The CWA was saddened to hear of the death on 26 October of one of the country’s foremost literary agents, Carole Blake of Blake Friedmann. Many of our members will know Carole, and her energy, enthusiasm and expertise were renowned and celebrat...


CWA Daggers Awarded in Glittering Ceremony

All 10 winners of this year’s CWA Daggers were announced at a glittering black-tie occasion at the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row, London on Tuesday October 11. The CWA Daggers, which are probably the awards crime writers and publishers alike ...


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