This week’s blog will be mostly forwards rather than backwards looking, as I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about my upcoming appearance at CrimeFest.

CrimeFest is a convention for fans of the crime writing genre, whose programme is comprised of panels, interviews, reading groups, crime writing workshops, dinners, and award presentations. It’s an annual event held in Bristol, with this years festivities due to run from the 14 – 17 May at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on College Green. I’m scheduled to appear on two of the panels:

- Sunday 17th May, 9.30am – 10.30am
Pick Up On South Street: A Date With Debut Authors
Appearing alongside Alison Bruce, M.R. Hall, Matt Hilton, Jenni Mills, Aly Monroe. Moderator – Peter Guttridge

- Sunday 17th May, 11.00am – 12.00pm
Edge Of Doom: What Pushes Your Characters Over the Edge?
Appearing alongside M.R. Hall, Brian McGilloway, Caro Ramsey. Moderator – Martin Edwards.

Should any of you be planning on attending the event, I hope to see you there. Tune in next week to see how I got on.

And finally, a brief mention of a gig I attended last week. First up, I should warn you that the day in question had been a poor one for me. My hometown football club, Norwich City F.C. had been relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in fifty years, my hi-fi had suddenly and inexplicably decided to stop working, and my dog had been sick all over the carpet, so when I set out to see Graham Coxon (Blur guitarist) at the Norwich Arts Centre I was hoping that his three minute pop-punk songs would go some way to cheer me up. Sadly this was not the case. While not wishing to go into the messy details, suffice to say that I’ve been to countless gigs over the years and this was the very first time that I’ve left one halfway through to go and sit in the bar, and trust me, I was not alone. I guess you can’t win ‘em all!

Cheers,
Steve

What’s Steve been listening to this week?
Cage The Elephant – by Cage The Elephant
Much Against Everyone’s Advice – by Soulwax
The Bronx III – by The Bronx

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