From the Yorkshire Post.
… relating to all the online stuff.
Chair: Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4 Front Row
Panel members: writers Steve Mosby & Stephen Leather; literary agent Philip Patterson; bookseller Patrick Neale; President of The Publishers Association and CEO and Publisher of Little, Brown Book Group Ursula Mackenzie.
During the opening discussions we heard that Steve Mosby sells predominantly in print format and does well on overseas sales. Phil Patterson noted that ebooks are ‘here’ but he prefers the physical and believes that children need the physical format. He said that on a physical device the bookshelf becomes almost invisible. Whatever the format, Patterson sees the encouragement of reading as the driving force and believes ‘too many are obsessed with formats’. He reminded the audience that for every book on a device (or on a shelf) there is an author behind it.
Bookseller Patrick Neale stated his belief that we are underselling the value of physical books. He is looking for ‘beautiful things, beautifully made’ and he reminded the audience that it was not so long ago that the hardback was thought to be a dying breed. The ebook has changed that, with resurgence in the sales of hardbacks – the collectible end of the market – hence his views taking consideration of the beauty of the product. Neale emphasised that the ebook is not everything, so we should not undersell the physical. He considers the ebook to be the ‘new toy here’ and that we will have to wait and see how the market settles. Continue reading
Ciao, my bellas!
Please accept my apologies for the lack of my esteemed column over the weekend. (I have just heard that the great festival-going, author-in-shades Kevin Wignall is a big fan of mine. Thank you Kevin!)
Even she-who-is-in charge didn’t get to put up a post. She took the laptop with her and left me the mouse to play with. Well, she didn’t leave it intentionally, she forgot it and I played with it. Luckily for her it’s cordless so there’s little damage; only a few scratches from my claws. She then discovered that the mousepad on the laptop wasn’t working. It was an IT disarrster of a weekend.
We should be up and running again properly tomorrow. I just got given ten minutes for this fluff-fill column. (Nowhere near enough for you all, I know.) She wants the laptop back to do some research, she says. And she keeps talking about dwarfs. Don’t ask me. What have dwarfs got to do with crime? Answers on a postcard please and don’t forget to lick your stamps before application. This licking business is being mentioned a lot too…
Meanwhile, if you want to catch esteemed novelist Miss Daisy on stage, she’ll be awake for and appearing on the ‘Old Timers’ panel at the Harrogate Crime **Fringes** Festival at Piddleswick bus stop on Saturday, 21 July.
I hope they don’t come across Mabel on that journey north… That M1 can be a nightmare.
**Strictly embargoed until 00.01 GMT Thursday 5th July, 2012**
On Thursday 19th July, the opening night of the 10th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival a special presentation will be made to the winner of the third Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award, which this year is awarded to Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse.
Born in Lincolnshire in 1930, Dexter won a scholarship to the local grammar school and, after completing his National Service, went on to study at Cambridge. Since 1966 he has lived in Oxford with his wife, with whom he has two children. After retiring from a 13-year teaching career, he began writing mysteries in 1973 while on a family holiday. His debut novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and introduced the world to Inspector Morse for the first time. One of the most iconic detectives ever to have been created, Morse’s crime-solving talents found a whole new audience in the successful TV series, bringing further acclaim for Dexter. Inspector Morse has appeared in 13 novels and numerous short stories. Dexter has won many awards for his novels, including the CWA Silver Dagger twice and the CWA Gold Dagger for both The Wench is Dead and The Way Through the Woods. In 1997, he was presented with the CWA Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature and, in 2000, was awarded the OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dexter said: “Never had I thought that the gods would be kindly enough to give me such a huge honour so late in my life. Yet here I am, in my early eighties, feeling a profound and heartfelt gratitude for the great honour bestowed on me.” Continue reading
Sadly, someone who booked to go to this year’s Theakstons Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate can no longer go. I am helping to sell on this person’s bookings; indeed I am buying some of the event tickets myself. Still left we have the following:
13.05 Kings Cross to Harrogate via Leeds Thurs 19 July
14.53 Harrogate to Kings Cross via Leeds Sun 22 July
If you’d booked these last night online they’d have cost you £54.10. Because this person booked earlier, the available train tickets are £33.50, so please get in touch if you’d like to avail yourself of these tickets.
I can also sell on the following tickets at cover price:
£12 Special Guest: Jo Nesbo – Sunday, 22/07/12 – 11:30 AM
£12 Late Night In Conversation Ian Rankin & Peter Robinson – Friday, 20/07/12 – 10:00 PM
£12 Special Guest: Harlan Coben – Saturday, 21/07/12 – 08:30 PM
For these, you need to let me know if you want them and I will be able to pass them on at Harrogate.
Leave a comment here/email me/tweet me @crimeficreader.
Please don’t let these tickets go to waste. Thanks.
Remember the earlier post about the competition being run by the British Thyroid Foundation to win Theakstons Crime Writing Festival tickets? Well, the BTF have been in touch to say they are delighted to announce that the Cairn Hotel has offered one night’s accommodation, breakfast and evening meal to add to their prize package of the two VIP tickets to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Launch Party.
You have until 30 June to enter. (And it’s postal, so allow for Royal Mail time.)
The judges are Eileen Robertson, author of Miss Maguire is Missing and Blackmail for Beginners; Gill Knox, a novelist based in Harrogate and author of The Legacy of Talents; and Neil Harrison, co-producer of feature film The Spell and author of Chosen.
Starting next week: 29 May – 14 June 2012
This year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate turns ten, and to mark the occasion it is taking to the road to bring an early taste of Festival fun to crime writing fans this May and June. Packing its overnight bag for a series of Festivals in miniature, the celebrations will see a range of handpicked local new talents and established crime authors visiting libraries across the North of England.
Since its inception in 2003, the Festival has been committed to supporting the work and careers of new authors, with its annual ‘New Blood’ panel showcasing debut authors. With ‘Crime On Tour’ the Festival will be able further highlight the wealth of new and emerging authors out there, taking the Festival’s successful recipe of live literature events, which aim to be both thought-provoking and exciting, to fresh audiences.
Each ‘Crime on Tour’ event will be hosted by an established UK crime writer with roots in each region. The journey will commence in the city of Leeds on 29 May with Steve Mosby, continuing to York and passing on the baton to Peter Robinson, stopping off in Manchester with host Chris Simms, then to Hull with the Festival’s reader-in-residence Martyn Waites and ending its journey in Newcastle with host Ann Cleeves. Each host author will introduce two up-and-coming northern authors, ones to watch in 2012, with featuring names including David Mark, Danielle Ramsay, Alex Walters and one of the Festival’s Creative Thursday alumnae Mari Hannah. Writers will have the opportunity to discuss their work in front of a friendly and intimate audience, sharing their own success stories and giving crime writing aficionados the opportunity to ask questions and find out first-hand about each author’s travelling road to success.
Some may say this is the season of literary festivals but those ‘in the know’ realise it’s fast turning into the crime fiction season. Next weekend we have CrimeFest; running from 25 May to 5 July is the CWA’s Crime Writing Month; July 5 will see the CWA award many of its Daggers at a Gala Dinner; and 19-22 July is the weekend of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. So, how do you spot a real, 24 carat crime fiction addict at one of these UK events?
- They know both what and who Bouchercon is/was, and they can pronounce it properly.
- They will have a pet or pets and they will be named after a crime fiction author or character. (If this is a serial killer, make early apologies and hide in the loo.)
- They don’t have a pet, but long for one just so they can name it after a crime fiction author or character.
- If they have kids their middle names will be those of crime fiction authors or characters.
- They can easily run off the trends of the last five years, current trends and tell you what’ll be hot in 2013.
- They can tell you what percentage of crime fiction book buyers are female and how – if at all – this has changed over the last 20 or so years.
- They will know what 4MA is.
- They are generous and will offer you a drink before you can focus on them with your eyes.
- If male and under 35, they will wear a heavy metal style T-shirt or a floral shirt. They will definitely be involved in a male-bonding shirt competition during the weekend and this part applies to any age.
- If the hair in the audience is essentially all white, they can tell you with 100% accuracy who the special guest is.
- They know the difference between a festival and a convention.
- If female and 45+, they can tell you about the time they made a ‘Miss Marple’ tweed skirt.
- Their quiz team will have been organised aeons ago and has been ‘full up since yesterday’.
- They will know who won the CWA’s 2008 Diamond Dagger.
- They will have a ‘theory’ on Kevin Wignall.
- They can tell you which crime fiction critic is with which newspaper for the UK.
- After just one more alcoholic drink they will do their Jane Gregory impersonation.
- They can tell you which literary critic ruffled some feathers criticising the trend in serial killer tomes.
- They will know what SMA is and its importance to crime fiction.
- Naturally, they will have an online presence.
- They can tell you which Andrew Taylor novel was a Richard & Judy pick.
- In the rain with no umbrella, they will be the one with soggy hair. (The two plastic carrier bags they just purchased will be double-wrapped around the books they are clutching to their chest under their coat or cardi.)
- They can tell you the details of their book buying budget in 5 minutes.
- They will have an Amazon account older than their email address.
- They will have strong opinions on whether the hard copy print book is actually dying out due to digital.
- They can be found in the bar during a weekend gig but never in the hotel gym or pounding the pavement with some jogging. (They know there is no time for such matters.)
- They can tell you with no hesitation the latest time they were still up in the bar at Harrogate and what year it was.
- They will know why Barry Forshaw gained the ‘Prof’ before his name.
- They will know who the real Mr Ripley is.
- With no hesitation, they will be able to identify the completely ridiculous suggestion hidden in the others above.
That was part one…