Crimefest is the friendly festival where writers and readers can mix and chat. Its informality is one of its great pleasures. Readers can meet their favourites and discover new ones. This year there was a starry line-up of authors including Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Peter James, Martina Cole, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and Gunnar Staalesen, as well as many others. As a tribute to its ongoing success, the event had its largest number of delegates in its 10 year history.
I was on two panels this year and the first one, on Thursday afternoon, “Love Can Be Deadly” explored the interaction between crime and love in fiction. I was participating moderator for the first time. The wonderful panelists were Christi Daugherty, Caroline England, Michael Malone and Jane Robins, all of whom kindly sent me copies of their recent publications, which made my job so much easier and stimulated the questions we addressed.
Here is a picture of the panel with me on the far left looking very serious, as I wanted to make sure I did a good job, while the panelists are rather more relaxed!
My next panel the following morning was about the Victorians with Diana Bretherick moderating, and my fellow panelists were Nick Rennison, and William Sutton. I think we successfully laid to rest the myth about the covered table legs!
Apart from the panels, of which there were many with a wide variety of subjects, there were interviews with major authors, the announcement of the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger longlists, a Harper Collins reception, and a formal dinner followed by the announcement of the winners of other major writing awards.
Traditionally Crimefest ends on a high with an entertaining quiz ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Cluedo’. Huge fun!
All too soon it was time to get the cab to the railway station and say farewell to Bristol for another year. I’m already looking forward to 2019!