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CRIMEFEST … ‘Where The Pen Is Bloodier Than The Sword’

Credit To The Image Creator Simon Howden

I came across this event by accident, when researching the author of my latest great crime thriller, Deon Meyer.

It seems that due to the large number of requests for signed books (and the impossibility to do this by mail), Deon is attending as many signings as possible, both in South Africa and abroad, during 2011.

His visit to the UK, is set to co-incide with Crimefest – The International Crime Fiction Convention. The event this year is scheduled to take place in Bristol UK, from Thursday 19th May 2011 through to Sunday 22nd May 2011.

CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. First organised in June 2008, CRIMEFEST is quickly becoming one of the most popular dates in the crime fiction calendar. The annual convention draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere.

There is a whole raft, of some 50 or so, of our favourite crime/thriller fiction authors, appearing in a full programme of events, including: Deon Meyer, Ann Cleeves, Leigh Russell, Rebecca Tope and Simon Beckett, to name just a few.

General information can be found on the ‘welcome’ page of the Crimefest website and from there you can follow the link to the ‘buy tickets’ page, for more detailed information about the individual events and workshops.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Part of me thinks I should thank you for this link and another part is cursing you to the ends of the earth because much as I would like to go, I don’t think I can fit it in. Nevertheless, I shall have a jolly good try. So, thank you after all!

    • Hi Annie,

      Bristol is a relatively short distance for me to travel, but unfortunately I shall not be around much over those dates, or I would have tried my best to attend some of the sessions.

      The trouble is, there are some great names lined up to appear, so whose sessions would I have chosen to attend? the choice would have been so difficult.

      Let me know if you do manage to get down for any of the events, it would be great to try and meet up and say ‘Hi’, in person.

      • I looked at the train fare and had to decide that it wasn’t going to be possible. But some time it would be great to be able to say hello in person, I agree.

        • Hi Annie,

          What a shame!

          We do tend to get out and about as much as possible, so if we are ever up your way, I shall be sure to let you know and perhaps we can fix something up.

          Hope that you are enjoying the spring sunshine.

  • I’ve been to the Crimefest website a number of times now as I’d really like to go, but I don’t think I can do it this year (despite Simon Beckett and Belinda Bauer being there). Maybe something to save up for for next year? 🙂

    • Hi Nikki-ann,

      I have to agree that the prices do make it a bit prohibitive.

      I know that the organizers do have to cover their costs, but each session is relatively short and unless you are a die-hard fan, you do need to think hard about value for money, as with all these kinds of events.

      I suppose value for money, is also an emotive statement, but maybe as you say, something to be thought about in advance for next year?

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