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Granite Noir for the Heart of Darkness

February 24 - February 26
Aberdeen, Scotland
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Granite Noir is Aberdeen’s first book festival dedicated to crime fiction. ‘Over three days we’ll explore the enduring appeal of stories that plunge us into the heart of darkness – where morality is ambiguous, motives complicated, and even heroes harbour devastating secrets.’ CWA members presenting panels include Sarah Ward, Doug Johnstone, Gordon J Brown, Quentin Bates, Chris Brookmyre and Elly Griffiths and the enticing titles range from Atmosheric Pressure, Does Evil Exist, Poisoned High Tea, Crimestoppers Turned Crimewriters – not…

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Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime

March 11 - March 12 Park Inn Palace hotel,
Southend, Essex United Kingdom
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CWA members Helen Barrell, Simon Brett and Isabelle Grey are hosting various events within the Essex Book Festival’s homage to Golden Age crime writing – and crime writing today! Join Essex Book Festival for a weekend of sleuthing in Southend-on-Sea. This year’s line up includes Sophie Hannah on writing the first Poirot novel since Agatha Christie’s death; Frances Fyfield, Jill Paton Walsh and Simon Brett celebrate the long-lasting legacy of Dorothy L Sayers; Helen Barrell hosts a Criminally Good Afternoon…

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Cath Stancliffe a guest speaker at Northern Lights Writers’ Conference

March 18 Waterside Arts Centre,
Sale, M33 7ZF
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Cath Staincliffe, author of a host of popular and acclaimed books, deviser of the Blue Murder ITV series and writer of the Scott and Bailey novels, is a guest speaker at a fascinating all-day conference on Saturday 18 March in Sale, Greater Manchester. The Northern Lights Writers’ Conference also features other well-known authors, literary agents and editors. It’s aimed at emerging and mid-career writers. To find out more or to book a place please contact our Box Office on 0161…

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Cath Talks Crime Fiction at ScribeFest Middlewich

March 25 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cath Staincliffe, author of a host of popular and acclaimed books, deviser of the Blue Murder ITV series and writer of the Scott and Bailey novels, is to deliver a fascinating talk about crime fiction at lunchtime on Saturday 25th March as part of Scribe Middlewich Literary Festival. The festival runs from March 23-25 and will be well worth a look at the full programme on The ScribeFest website should be publishing precise venue details very soon. Or call 01606 841379,…

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CWA Annual Conference: Edinburgh, April 2017

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - April 23 @ 5:00 pm

CWA Edinburgh Conference 21 – 23 April 2017 The CWA Annual Conference, open to CWA members only, is shaping up to be a lot of fun – and a chance to get together with fellow writers in a superb setting in Edinburgh, the Jekyll and Hyde of cities – between the New Town and the Old. Have you booked your conference ticket yet? If not, log in with your members’ details for information and the registration form. We advise you…

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Alibis in the Archive

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - June 11 @ 12:15 pm Gladstone Library,
Church Lane
Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF
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The world-renowned Gladstone Library on the North Wales/Cheshire border is to host a splendid feast of juicy crime writing dishes: Alibis in the Archive. The programme runs from the evening of Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June 2017 and kicks off with a murder mystery written by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves. The following day, Ann talks about the world of television detectives, David Stuart Davies will be as entertaining as ever about Sherlock Holmes and our Chair…

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Crime Writing at Swanwick this Summer

August 12 - August 18 The Hayes Conference Centre,
Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
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Swanwick Writers’ Summer School runs from 12-18 August is pleased to be running two crime-related courses this year. Kate Bendelow, a serving Crime Scene Investigator with over fifteen years’ experience, will be running a course covering forensic advice for crime writers,  while Stuart Gibbon, a former senior police detective, and now a writing consultant, will be running a course on police procedure. Both are also available for one-to-one sessions to discuss work. There’s also the added bonus of guest speaker…

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