In the past I have written my top 10 crime festival posts so I thought I would do so again this year as it has always been a popular post. I’m not sure if I can keep it down to 10 though as more and more festivals pop up every year. The world of crime fiction is getting ever more popular with festivals giving readers more and more choice every year. There are your large well-known festivals as usual and your smaller, but growing festivals.
Let’s have a look at them here. I’ll provide a date and a link to the festival website.
Granite Noir 22 – 24th
Created in 2017, Granite Noir delivers a rich programme of author conversations, family events, workshops, late night noir, exhibitions and much more. Events take place across Aberdeen over the last weekend in February, transforming the city into a hub for crime fiction lovers of all ages.
Featuring some of the biggest names in crime: Ann Cleeves, Anthony Horowitz, Belinda Bauer, James Swallow, Denise Mina and Stuart MacBride.
And we will be welcoming some fantastic names from television crime drama, including the team behind RTE’s hit series Taken Down and Love/Hate.
The festival is for all audiences: from bulimic crime fiction readers, amateur detectives, crime column fans and thrill-seeking moviegoers to curious passers-by, citizens well-informed in world affairs, party goers who love meeting people, and graphics and comic book enthusiasts… Whatever your age, whatever your gang, day and night, Quais du Polar is the place to be!
Newcastle Noir 2019 will be held at Newcastle City Library as organisers bid to widen the appeal of the annual crime lovers’ weekend.
CRIMEFEST is a convention 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.
So many of your favourite true crime podcasters all in one place! (Chicago)
Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.
The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest growing literary festivals in the UK.
Bloody Scotland established itself at Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm.
CAPITAL CRIME PRESENTS PANELS AND EVENTS
THAT ENTERTAIN AND ENGAGE CRIME AND THRILLER FANS.
Will you be attending any of these? Which ones catch your eye?