This is the first year that the marvellous Gladstone’s Library has hosted Alibis in the Archive, an event devoted to crime writing, and I was thrilled to be asked to take part. It was a resounding success, hugely enjoyed by all. Plans are already afoot to hold a second one next year.
One of the great charms of the event was the location. Those who go to Gladstone’s are captivated by it and say they must go again. I certainly felt that way! A Grade 1 listed building in North Wales, handsome and stately, beautifully maintained, with friendly and helpful staff, it provides a peaceful residential retreat for authors and researchers.
Crime writing is the most popular genre in the world, and Gladstone’s now houses the archives of both the Crime Writers Association and the Detection Club. This event celebrates the opening of those archives to the public.
The programme included two murder mysteries to challenge the little grey cells of the delegates hosted by Ann Cleeves and Kate Ellis, ten talks by authors and publishers including yours truly, and a final Q&A panel. There was a wonderful warm atmosphere, and after the talks there were lively conversations over meals and in the lounge.
Watch out for next year and book early to avoid disappointment!