The Crime Writers' Association (CWA), of which I am very proud to be a member, is celebrating crime writing with National Crime Writing Week between June 13 and 19, 2011. There are lots of events going on around the UK with author talks, appearances, readings, book signings and workshops.
I am holding a Crime Writing Workshop at the Quay Arts Centre, in Newport on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 18 June, and slightly outside of National Crime Writing Week but I'll also be presenting prizes to the winners of the Wight Fair Writers, Crime and Intrigue Short Story Competition on Monday 20 June on the Isle of Wight.
Other events during National Crime Writing Week include Stephen Booth, Matt Hilton and Graham Pears in conversation with Teesside University forensic staff Shirley and Angus Marshall at Middlesbrough Central Library during Middlesbrough Literary Festival. Sounds very much like my Portsmouth CSI event, which this year is scheduled for 5 November. But if you're in Teeside, and a crime fiction fan, then this looks like a really great event.
Then still up north on Monday, John Dean is running a workshop at Crown Street Library, Darlington, DL1 1ND, examining some of the things writers need to consider when writing crime.
On Tuesday Ann Cleeves will be talking about the Vera Stanhope books at Booka Bookshop, Oswestry.
On Thursday Frances Fyfield, Belinda Bauer, S. J. Bolton, Natasha Cooper, Chris Fowler and Gerard O'Donovan will be at London South Bank University.
And on Saturday Pauline Rowson (yes me again!) conducts a Crime Writing Workshop at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight ( had to get that in twice) while Adrian Magson will be interviewed by Ayo Onatade at the Corn Exchange, Witney, Oxfordshire, as part of the Witney Book FestivalThere are lots more events around the country, so do visit the National Crime Writing Week website to see what is happening in your area.
There are also plenty of other crime author events outside of National Crime Writing Week, which you can find on the CWA web site.