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Mark Billingham’s Crime Fiction Masterclass

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Bloomsbury Publishing,
50 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3DP
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‘How to Write Crime Fiction’ Masterclass On Wednesday 5th April, on behalf of Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, popular crime writer Mark Billingham is giving an evening two-hour masterclass on How To Write Crime Fiction. What are the rules of writing crime? And when is it OK to break them? During this exclusive evening masterclass, Mark will share the techniques and practical tips you need to create the perfect crime novel. Covering everything from creating protagonists your readers care about through…

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Edinburgh Delegates to Receive Rewards Passport

April 13 Apex Waterloo Hotel, Edinburgh,
Waterloo Place
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A new benefit for delegates to the CWA Annual Conference has been announced – they will automatically receive a special Edinburgh Rewards Passport. Launched by Convention Edinburgh, the Passport rewards conference delegates with special offers and value added benefits from an invited group of bars, restaurants, retail outlets and tour operators around the city. All member delegates to the CWA Conference will receive one. To view what’s on offer please visit: The CWA Conference runs from Friday 21 to…

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Crime at Hertfordshire LitFest

April 19 @ 10:00 am - May 20 @ 5:00 pm

Crime events James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and the dangers of temptation Come and find out what Sidney Chambers is up to in the new Grantchester novel (as seen on TV) and discover our stunning new library at Hemel Hempstead Wednesday 19th April, 7.15pm Hemel Hempstead Library, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1DN. Tickets £7.00/ Concessions £5.00 James Morton: The Krays Ronnie and Reggie’s crimes of fraud and extortion finally led to three bloody murders.  Find out more about…

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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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Crime Writers Galore at Hwyl Llandeilo

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - April 30 @ 10:00 pm
Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19
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The Hwyl Llandeilo LitFest boasts a terrific programme, set in different venues in Llandeilo, a lovely setting in rural Carmarthenshire.  CWA members include Sherlockian expert David Stuart Davies, with his ‘The Game’s Afoot’; Rob Gittins and also Thorne Moore and Sally Spedding on the Welsh Noir panel. Other authors include Jasper Fforde, Niall Griffiths, David Lewis and many, many more, amongst historians, poets, performers, together with events and competitions for children. Not to be missed!

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Poison and Poisoners Conference

April 29 The Chamberlain Hotel,
130-145 Minories
London, EC3N 1NU
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CASEBOOK: CLASSIC CRIME CLUB Poison and Poisoners One Day Conference at the Chamberlain Hotel, London. The long awaited conference ‘POISON & POISONERS’ presented by Casebook Classic Crime Club will include 4 top speakers, CWA’s Joint Vice Chair Linda Stratmann and Sandra Hempel among them. Places will be limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £20.00 per person. Visit the website to book:

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Erin Kelly at Gliterary Lunch, London

May 4 @ 12:00 am - 3:00 pm The Kingsway Hall Hotel,
Covent Garden
London, United Kingdom
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If you want to treat your clients, friends or simply yourselves to a entertaining afternoon listening to two bestselling authors talk about what lies behind their latest books while you enjoy good food, wine and conversation, please come and join us on Thursday 4 May.  The crime writer Erin Kelly is one of our two author speakers. Erin Kelly is best known for the fabulous Richard & Judy pick, The Poison Tree, which was dramatized for TV. She also wrote…

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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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Vintage Thrillers Film Weekend, Chester

August 11 - August 13 Chester University

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 on Sunday afternoon.The total cost of the course is £177.88 which includes two night’s accommodation, refreshments and all meals. There are seven thrillers being shown, which are Guilt Is My Shadow (1950), Bang! You’re Dead (1953), The Brain Machine (1955), The Flying Scot (1957),…

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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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