Crime Fiction Festivals and Conventions in the UK - Harrogate, Crimefest and CSI Portsmouth

Crime has descended on the otherwise respectable spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. Not a crime wave as in the criminal sense, although that could always happen, but an invasion of crime fiction writers and crime fiction fans. Yes, the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Festival , or the Harrogate International Festival as it is now called, has kicked off and runs until 24 July 2011 at the Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

There are some great crime authors there including Lee Childs, Linwood Barclay, and Lisa Gardner plus many of my crime writing buddies from the Crime Writers' Association. Unfortunately I can't make it but keep threatening to.  Maybe next year.

Meanwhile, I will certainly be at Crimefest 2012, from 24-27 May at the Royal Marriot Hotel, Bristol. Crimefest 2012 will be celebrating its fifth anniversary and already has lined up Lee Childs and Jeffrey Deaver.  So I'll be in splendid company and I'm really looking forward to it and meeting readers from the UK, America and Australia as I did this year.

Before then there is CSI Portsmouth 2011 on Saturday 5 November which is looking very exciting.  We have some top crime authors lined up who I hope to be able to announce shortly and along with them forensic psychologists, police and fingerprinting experts. Keep your eyes peeled for more details here, on my Twitter feed or Facebook page and also on my official web site.

Crime authors, Graham Hurley, Pauline Rowson and Peter Lovesey with police officer Martin Chudley, Fingerprint expert, Jane Aston and Forensic Pyschologist, Dr Claire Nee (CSI Portsmouth 2010)


Audience waiting patiently for the afternoon event to begin

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