Killer Crime Festival 2015

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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!

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

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We’re off to Harrogate this week for a festival of criminal goodness. It’s the eleventh annual Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, and we are super excited to have several of our talented authors taking part…

Friday 18th July:

2pm: In Space, No-one Can Hear You Scream…
When is a crime novel not a crime novel? While the genre is closely associated with the drawing room and the dark alley, a new generation of writers are finding crime stories in more unusual places and producing work that laughs in the face of easy shelving. 2014 programming chair Steve Mosby discusses cross-genre crime fiction with Lauren Beukes, James Smythe, Sharon Bolton, and Lavie Tidhar.

10pm: Let’s Twist Again…
Plot twists are a staple of the crime genre, but how essential are they and what makes for a really memorable one? Alex Barclay, S. J. Parris, Simon Kernick, and Nick Stone discuss how important and effective a last-minute (or midway) reversal can be, how they go about developing the rug-pulls in their own fiction, and some of their favourite famous twists and turns.

Saturday 19th July:

2pm: The New Wave of Forensics
Modern methods of detection have transformed the crime genre, and readers are a savvy bunch – so how vital is research for today’s crime writers, and how do they go about it? David Hewson talks to Paul Finch, Dave Barclay, Elizabeth Haynes and Tony Thompson about their experiences with forensics, gangsters and police procedure.

3.30pm: How Safe Is Your Smartphone?
From Wikileaks to Edward Snowden, the public has been given glimpses into a world of international espionage that increasingly resembles the most hi-tech of thrillers, raising issues of privacy, security and trust. Chair Hilary Bonner asks Charles Cumming, Terry Hayes, Alan Judd and Tom Wood, four writers of globe-trotting, spy-filled thrillers, to discuss their work, their research, and how they maintain their fictional footing on such ever-advancing technological terrain.

We’d love to see you there, but if you can’t make it, fear not – we’ll be live-tweeting from the festival, and taking lots of pics! Hope you enjoy the show…

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Harrogate is coming!

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From 18 – 21 July, the crime fiction community will descend on the delightful spa town of Harrogate, talking blood and body counts; drinking tea at Betty’s; drinking the bar dry at the Old Swan; and dancing up a storm at the classiest of all establishments, the Viper Room… memories, like the corners of my mind…

This year marks a decade of crime writing festivals in Harrogate, and the line-up promises a spectacular few days. We are inordinately proud to have several authors taking part, including Stuart MacBride, Lauren Beukes, Charles Cumming, Andrew Taylor, S J Parris and Sam Bourne. They will be joining fellow crime fiction superstars Kate Atkinson, Lee Child, Charlaine Harris and many more. The legendary Val McDermid is the Festival Programming Chair, and will be presenting her ever popular New Blood panel.

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If you love crime fiction, you will love this festival – you’ll have the opportunity not just to meet your favourite authors, and, but also the people you are in near constant contact with over Twitter, Facebook and blogs. The panels are thought-provoking and entertaining, and there’s still plenty of time to get tickets. We hope to see a lot of you there!

We will be running a competition in the lead-up to Harrogate, with free books up for grabs, as well as tweeting and posting live from the festival. So make sure you keep an eye out on KillerReads, and of course, if you are coming along, let us know!

For all the info and to buy tickets, check out the Harrogate website.