Category Archives: Literary Festivals

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni: Noir Is the Colour 2014



The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni in London has announced that the King of Crime John Harvey & Prix Goncourt Winner Pierre Lemaitre will launch Noir Is the Colour, a new series about crime fiction at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni on 29 May 2014. This festival runs on ad hoc days until it closes on 26 June 2014. Click on either pic below to visit the website. On twitter, follow @ifru_london and keep an eye on or tweet with the tag #NoirColour for this festival.



Launch of Brighton’s Dark and Stormy Crime Festival

Dark & Stormy is a brand new UK crime festival, serving up a wicked selection of book, film, music & theatre events. We launch in May 2014, in partnership with Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Dukes at Komedia, to celebrate and promote this massively popular genre, bringing its fans, creators and stars together for one criminally good and unforgettable weekend.”  The site is up and tickets are now on sale.  The press release follows.


Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2013 – Booking Now Open

Booking is now open for the Hay Festival Winter Weekend which runs from 29 November to 1 December.  This weekend is more joyously intimate than the main festival and perhaps a reminder of its more modest years in development.  In the world of crime fiction this year tempts with Philip Kerr interviewed by Phil ‘Phil the Shelf’ Rickman; G F Newman interviewed by Peter Florence; and Phil Rickman himself also interviewed by Peter Florence.  Cat lovers may like to note that John Bradshaw is talking ‘Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed’ on Sunday morning.  Click on the pic below to take you to the relevant page on the Hay Festival website.


Jo Nesbo UK and Ireland tour starts next week

NesboTourBestselling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo will tour the UK and Ireland next week for the publication of his hotly-anticipated new Harry Hole thriller, Police, out 12th September from Harvill Secker.

Jo Nesbo will participate in events and signings in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Stirling, Belfast and Dublin from 12 to 16 September, including the country’s first high-speed book signing on-board a Virgin Train with WH Smith, and signings on 14 September in support of the Books Are My Bag trade initiative.

Jo Nesbo will participate in solo events at the Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, with Waterstones Piccadilly; headline events for both the Bloody Scotland! Crime Writing Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival; No Alibis bookshop in Belfast; and The Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire for Eason.  There are also three lunchtime signing sessions with Waterstones in London (12 September), Manchester (13 September) and Glasgow (14 September).

Jo Nesbo will do interviews with BBC Breakfast, RTE TV, BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, RTE 1 Radio, and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, Irish Times, Daily Record and the Press Association.

The full event listing is as follows (and can be found at

12 September:
12.30 Waterstones Leadenhall Market signing
18.00 Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, Jo Nesbo in conversation with Emma Kennedy in association with Waterstones Piccadilly
13 September:
13.00 Waterstones Manchester Deansgate signing
19.30 Manchester Literature Festival
14 September:
09.41 Preston to Glasgow signing on-board high speed Virgin Train service –in conjunction with WH Smiths and Books Are My Bag
13.00 Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street signing – in conjunction with Books Are My Bag
15 September:
18.00 The Ulster Hall event and signing with No Alibis Bookshop
16 September:
20.00 The Pavillion Theatre Dun Laoghaire in conversation with Declan Burke in association with Eason

POLICE continues the story of PHANTOM, which was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in paperback earlier this year.  The Harry Hole novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.  Jo Nesbo is regarded as one of the world’s leading crime writers, and his novels are published in more than 45 languages.

POLICE is Jo Nesbo’s ninth internationally acclaimed novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole to be translated into English, and the tenth in the series.  In the new novel a series of killings that echo unsolved murders is sweeping Oslo, and the killer is targeting the police.

[From press release.]

Crime and Thriller and Other Interesting Events at the Hay Festival 2013

Crime and thriller events for Hay 2013 have a focus on the world of espionage plus there’s the return of favourite McCall Smith for another likely ‘giggle fest’.  Other events of interest:

  • Rick Gekoski on books (always entertaining and informative)
  • keeping up with the times we have a call on ‘social entrepreneurs’
  • extending its reach further, Hay delivers a ‘Writing for Radio Masterclass’ from Sue Roberts
  • a provocatively titled ‘The Necessity Of Poverty’ with John Bird, founder of The Big Issue
  • in the year after E L James re-coloured it, four ladies – excluding James – in The Good Housekeeping Debate discuss ‘Is erotica changing the literary landscape?’

Click here for booking the programme and here for the programme in quick view.  Further detail (from the programme) of some events follows below.

Kate Manning and Kate Summerscale talk to Sarah Crompton
Event 132 • Monday 27 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
In Manning’s My Notorious Life By Madam X the headstrong daughter of Irish immigrants, forced to beg for pennies as a child on the brutal streets of New York City, grows up to become the most successful – and controversial – midwife of her time. The story chimes perfectly with Kate Summerscale’s tale of Victorian scandal and divorce Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.
Price: £5.00
Stella Rimington talks to Gaby Wood
Fictions – Spooks
Event 144 • Monday 27 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The former MI5 chief discusses The Geneva Trap, the latest of her Liz Carlyle spy novels, and the fictions and facts of espionage.
Price: £6.50
Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard
Bravo Two Zero At Twenty
Event 184 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Barclays Pavilion
On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.
Price: £7.00
Maggie O’Farrell and Rupert Thomson talk to Stephanie Merritt
Fictions – Secrets And Lies
Event 224 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Digital Stage
The stunning new book from Costa Novel Award-winning novelist O’Farrell Instructions For A Heatwave is a mystery portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. Thomson’s Secrecy is set in Florence in 1691. It is a love story, a murder mystery, a portrait of a famous city in an age of austerity, an exercise in concealment and revelation, but above all it is a trapdoor narrative, one story dropping unexpectedly into another.
Price: £5.50
Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay talk to Chris Morgan Jones
Secrets And Lies
Event 310 • Friday 31 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Google’s Big Tent
We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.
Price: £7.00
Chris Morgan Jones talks to Marcel Berlins
Fictions – Spying And Thrilling
Event 321 • Friday 31 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Digital Stage
The new thriller writer tipped as one of le Carré’s heirs discusses his Iranian industrial espionage story The Jackal’s Share.
Price: £6.00
John le Carré
Event 324 • Friday 31 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Barclays Pavilion
In an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener, The Honourable Schoolboy, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama makes his first visit to the festival and talks about his work to Philippe Sands. His new novel A Delicate Truth is launched on 25 April.
Sold Out
Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard
Happy Birthday Precious Ramotswe
Event 334 • Friday 31 May 2013, 5.30pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Please join us to celebrate fifteen years of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and catch up with favourite characters from Botswana, Scotland and beyond.
Price: £9.00
Irvine Welsh talks to Stephanie Merritt
Trainspotting at 20
Event 399 • Saturday 1 June 2013, 8.30pm • Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.
Price: £10.00
William McIlvanney talks to Irvine Welsh
Tartan Noir
Event 422 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 1pm • Venue: Digital Stage
An interview with the razor king of Scottish crime fiction as his modern classic Laidlaw books are republished by Canongate.
Price: £6.00
Other Events of Interest:
Rick Gekoski
Lost, Stolen or Shredded: Stories Of Missing Works Of Art And Literature
Event 204 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 4pm • Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Gekoski tells the very human stories that lie behind some of the greatest losses to artistic culture and explores the greater questions these tremendous losses raise – the rights artists and authors have over their own work, the importance of the search for perfection in creativity, and what motivated people to queue to see the empty space where the Mona Lisa once hung in the Louvre. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Price: £5.50
Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr
Fictions – The Great War
Event 150 • Monday 27 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.
Price: £7.00
James Daunt, Rodric Braithwaite and guests
The Pushkin House Waterstones Russian Book Prize
Event 239 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The Waterstones chief and the chair of judges host a discussion on writing about Russia with shortlisted authors. The shortlist is announced on 25 April. Fuller details of the line-up for this event will be announced on 1 May.
Price: £5.00
Calling All Social Entrepreneurs
Event 240 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Want some guidance, mentoring or financial support? Whether you are just starting out or needing to grow, drop in to meet the people who can help you out and to network with other like-minded souls.
Sue Roberts
Writing For Radio Masterclass
Event 246 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 5.15pm • Venue: The Cube
The BBC Radio Drama Executive leads this workshop seminar in writing for radio. Numbers are limited.
Price: £30.00
Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti, Jojo Moyes and Linda Kelsey
The Good Housekeeping Debate: Sex Changes Everything
Event 256 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 7pm • Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Is erotica changing the literary landscape? Gemmell (The Bride Stripped Bare), Magnanti (Belle de Jour series, televised as Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Moyes (Me Before You) talk to Kelsey, GH contributor and ex-editor of Cosmopolitan. We’ve been going to bed with them for years. Isn’t it time we were seen together in public?
Price: £8.00
John Bird in conversation with Marcel Berlins
The Necessity Of Poverty
Event 411 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.
Price: £6.00
Sarah Dunant in conversation with S J Parris
Fictions – Blood And Beauty
Event 420 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 1pm • Venue: Google’s Big Tent
The acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.
Price: £6.00

Getting back to the point…

Get2PointYes, there has been the taking of some time off.  Yes, it was not really planned.  And yes, it was much needed.  Normality finally returns this weekend and the book reviews to be posted up will kick off with Robert Wilson’s fabulous Capital Punishment on Sunday.  Let’s get back to some focus on reading and discussion on it.

And in other news, crimeficreader will be moderating the two Fresh Blood panels for debut authors at CrimeFest at the start of June.  You can see the full weekend programme here and make your booking here.  Will you be an early bird to catch those debut authors on the Saturday and Sunday mornings?  Hope to see you there!

Charles Cumming wins inaugural Scottish Crime Book of the Year

The announcement came earlier today in Stirling, Scotland.  More here from The Press Association.  Find out more about the author and his work here.  For information about the first Bloody Scotland festival, visit their home page.  Congratulations to Charles!

Charles Cumming receiving his award at Bloody Scotland.