Killer Crime Festival 2015

Killer Crime Festival 2015 #killerfest15


We’ve been keeping this a secret for a while but now we can finally share the news with you! KillerReads (that’s us!) and Waterstones are hosting the first Killer Crime Festival–the only combined virtual and traditional literary festival in the UK.

The inaugural Killer Crime Festival will take place Friday the 13th (oh yes we did) and Saturday the 14th of March. #KILLERFEST15 will incorporate live events in Waterstones around the UK and an online festival programme organised by us here at KillerReads and HarperCollins.

Focussed on crime fiction, the Waterstones shops live events will feature authors including Simon Toyne in Brighton, Lin Anderson in Inverness, Ian Sansom in Exeter and a flagship event at Waterstones Piccadilly–details on that one to be announced shortly!

Back at our home (the internet), we’ll be running virtual events across Twitter, Facebook and here on the blog. And we just might be lining up some pretty stellar Google Hangouts with your favourite crime and thriller authors 😉

We are set to deliver a brilliant crime fiction festival with one overarching aim in mind: to connect the best crime authors to readers and fans. Inclusivity is at the heart of the festival; all events open to the public and to all UK publishers.

Waterstones Crime Buyer Joseph Knobbs sums it up best:

‘We want to put a magnifying glass over
some of the best crime writing out there.’


Want to get involved? The virtual elements of festival are free to attend! To get more details on the programmes and register for the Killer Crime Festival, click here.

If you’re a crime author/publisher, contact Steven Cooper for live events & Sam Missingham for virtual.

Our hashtag for the event is #KILLERFEST15 so be sure to include that in your tweets, tumbls, Instas and elsewise! We’ll have regular updates going out on the KillerReads Twitter and Facebook in the run up to the festival. Whether online or in your local Waterstones, we can’t wait to see you there for #KILLERFEST15!

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