The CWA was founded in 1953 – that’s over sixty years of support, promotion and celebration of this most durable, adaptable and successful of genres. We run the prestigious Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing.
We couldn’t do this without the time, experience and commitment of our officers, committee members and volunteers such as our chapter convenors.
Chair Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards’ latest book, the ground-breaking genre study The Golden Age of Murder, won the Edgar, Agatha, Macavity, and H.R.F. Keating awards. He has published eight other non-fiction books and edited over thirty crime anthologies. He has also won the CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the Red Herring award, and this year (2017) he is to receive the Poirot award from Malice Domestic. Since 2015 he has been series consultant for the British Library’s Crime Classics, and this year will see the publication of his The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, as well as four anthologies he has edited for the British Library.
Martin is the author of eighteen novels, including the Lake District Mysteries and the Harry Devlin series. The Coffin Trail was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for Crime Novel of the Year, while All the Lonely People was nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel, and The Arsenic Labyrinth was shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year.
In 2015, he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club, an office previously held by G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers. In 2017, he also became Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and is the only person to have held both posts at the same time. He is also archivist of both the Detection Club and the CWA.
Linda Stratmann, our Joint Vice-chair with Maxim Jakubowski, has a virtually life-long interest in true crime, and a large collection of books on the subject. She is a qualified chemist’s dispenser, having trained in a very old branch of Boots, just before the shop and the course were modernised. After taking a BSc in Psychology she was an Inspector of Taxes for 27 years, before leaving to pursue her writing. She has a passionate though not uncritical love of the Victorian period, and probably spends more time in the 19th century than the 21st. She will dress up in the appropriate costume at every possible opportunity.
Linda gives public talks on true crimes, was a guest panelist at Crimefest Bristol in 2011, 2012 and 2013, has been a guest on radio shows and appeared in television documentaries. She writes several fiction series featuring Victorian lady sleuths, one based in Brighton with a strong element of the supernatural.
David Stuart Davies
David Stuart Davies worked as a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and non-fiction.He is the editor of Red Herrings, the monthly in-house publication of the Crime Writers’ Association.
Adrian Muller was born in Canada, and was raised and educated in the Netherlands. After obtaining a degree in Arts Administration from the Reinwardt Academy for Museology, he moved to Bristol in the United Kingdom. Adrian has been an Events Organiser and Freelance Journalist (contributing to award winning books on crime fiction); the Events Manager for the Crime in Store bookshop; in 1997 he helped organise the St. Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Weekend; and the following year he co-founded Dead on Deansgate. Adrian was one of the originators of, and contributors to, the four ‘Masters of Crime’ supplements published by The Times. In 2005 he helped found the International Thriller Writers association, and in 2006 Adrian co-hosted Left Coast Crime 16 in Bristol, England. A member of the CWA, he has served on the committee twice and he has also been the Chairman of the judges for the International Dagger for Translated Crime Fiction. Following the success of Left Coast Crime 16 Adrian and Myles Allfrey founded CRIMEFEST, an international crime fiction convention held annually in Bristol.
Maxim Jakubowski, Joint Vice-chair with Linda Stratmann, was born in London but educated in France. Following an editorial career in book publishing, during which time, he launched two crime imprints Black Box Thrillers and Blue Murder, he opened the Murder One bookstore in London, which lasted for 20 years. He now writes and edits full-time. He has compiled over 120 anthologies including the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Pulp Fiction, Vintage Crime, Future Cops and London, Paris, Rome and Venice Noir. He won the Anthony award for non fiction for 100 Great Detectives. He is the author of 16 novels, some of which are in the mystery field together with others in different areas, several of which have made the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller list. A director of London’s Crime Scene festival, he was also the co-chair of the Nottingham Bouchercon and is a regular broadcaster on matters literary on TV and radio, and a frequent attendant at crime festivals in the UK and overseas.
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Ruth Dudley Edwards is an historian and journalist. The targets of her satirical crime novels include the civil service, Cambridge University, gentlemen’s clubs, the House of Lords, the Church of England and literary prizes. She won the 2010 CWA Non-fiction Gold Dagger for Aftermath: the Omagh bombings and the families’ pursuit of justice, the 2008 CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for Murdering Americans and the 2013 Goldsboro Last Laugh Award for her twelfth novel, Killing the Emperors, a black comedy about conceptual art.
Dea Parkin has been an associate member of the CWA since 2012 through her editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback, which specialises in critiquing and editing crime and historical fiction. Sometimes, gloriously, both together. She became Secretary of the CWA in 2016. She might not write crime fiction, but she reads as much as her workload allows, which is always more than she fears and less than she hopes.
Aly Monroe was brought up in England, but has spent a large part of her life in Spain working as a teacher, translator and voice-over. She presently lives in Edinburgh.Her Peter Cotton series, set in the 1940s, follows the development of a young intelligence agent who works for the British Intelligence service. She was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters award in 2010 and was winner of the CWA Historical Dagger in 2012. She is presently writing a stand-alone novel ‘The Lure’, and also working on the next Peter Cotton book, Needle Bearer.Aly is also an editor and writing consultant for academic research groups in the UK and in Spain.She is married with three children and three small grandchildren.
Treasurer Andrew Subramaniam is a partner in HW Fisher & Company’s media group. As well as advising numerous authors and journalists, he has a vast knowledge in looking after entertainers, actors, broadcasters, producers, musicians and TV celebrities amongst others on accounting and tax issues.
Andrew has a strong interest in writing and is a patron of the Henley Literary Festival as well as sponsoring the Harrogate Crimewriting Festival. Andrew also sits on the board of the Musical Theatre Network as well as that of the Actors Centre.
Outside work, Andrew enjoys watching and playing both football and cricket. He also sits on a fundraising committee at his children’s school which has raised funds for a new school building and is the CWA’s Honorary Treasurer.
L C Tyler
L C (Len) Tyler, a British writer of comic crime fiction, was our Chair from 2015 to 2017. His Elsie and Ethelred mysteries feature Ethelred Tressider, a crime writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his literary agent. L. C. Tyler was raised in Essex and read geography at Jesus College, Oxford University before going on to study systems analysis at City University in London. He worked for the British Council in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark, before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, then a full-time writer. His Ethelred and Elsie series has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award in the US and The Herring in the Library won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest in 2011. He has published a number of short stories in magazines and anthologies, including the CWA’s Guilty Consciences. His latest crime series is set in the seventeenth century and features the lawyer, John Grey.
Other committee members include Dagger Liaison Officer Mike Stotter, Priscilla Masters, Sara Sheridan, William Ryan, Corinne Turner, Chris Simms (editor of Case Files), Peter Crangle and Leigh Russell.