Crimefest 2015

One of the highlights of the year for the criminally inclined is almost here. Crimefest taken place in the lovely city of Bristol next month, 14th-17th May, and this year’s line-up is one of the finest so far.

The full programme for this year’s festival is here, but here are a few highlights…

THURSDAY 14 MAY, 15:50 – 16:40

Nordic Noir Panel: Crime At The Borders Of The Arctic

Taking part are  Clare Carson, Kati Hiekkapelto, Craig Robertson and Gunnar Staalesen, with participating moderator Quentin Bates.

17.00 – 17.50

Subgenres – Why Do You Write What You Write?

Taking part are Jørn Lier Horst, Emma Kavanagh, Helen Smith and Simon Toyne with participating moderator Ruth Dudley Edwards.

FRIDAY, 15 MAY, 09:00 – 09:50

Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood

Taking part are Clare Carson, Oscar de Muriel, Kate Hamer, Kati Hiekkapelto and Ragnar Jónasson, with Jake Kerridge in charge.

10:10 – 11:00

Identity And Viewpoint: Writing ‘The Other’

Taking part are Quentin Bates, Kate Ellis, M.R. Hall and Aly Monroe with participating moderator Alison Joseph.

11:20 – 12:10

Detective Duos

With Ruth Dudley Edwards, Hans Olav Lahlum, Luca Veste and Emily Winslow with participating moderator Caro Ramsay.

14:50 – 15:40

How Realistic Is Crime Fiction?

Taking part are Andrew Pepper, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Kevin Wignall and Emily Winslow with participating moderator Steve Mosby.

17:10 – 18:00

The Euro Noir panel is moderated by Professor Barry Førshaw, with Roberto Costantini, Jørn Lier Horst, Michael Ridpath and Gunnar Staalesen taking part.

SATURDAY, 16 MAY, 11:20 – 12:10

Mean Streets And Small Towns: Crime In City Or Countryside

Taking part are Paul Finch, S.J.I. Holliday, Ragnar Jónasson and Jake Woodhouse with participating moderator Craig Robertson.

11:20 – 12:10

Thrillers: Brains Or Brawn, Who Kicks Best Ass. The hard cases taking part are Lee Child, Chris Ewan, Zoë Sharp and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, with participating moderator Tom Harper.

12:30 – 13:20

In Living Memory: Writing About The Recent Past features Jessie Keane, Hans Olav Lahlum, Peter Murphy and William Shaw with participating moderator Laura Wilson.

The undoubted highlight for many of us, especially those with a particular liking for anything Nordic will be between14:50 – 15:40 on Saturday when featured guest author Maj Sjöwall takes the stage, interviewed by Lee Child.

See you all in Bristol… It’s going to be a great few days, packed with crime,


2 thoughts on “Crimefest 2015”

  1. When I (and my fellow judges) read out the winner of the Petrona Award at CrimeFest (to a room with several key Nordic Noir writers present), the presentation will be by the Godmother of Scandinavian Crime — and co-creator of Martin Beck — Maj Sjowall!

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