Welcome to the Crime Fiction Lover events diary. Below you’ll find a listing of the key festivals coming up from all round the world. Maybe we’ll see you at one of them! If you’re an event organiser and would like us to list it, send us an email via our Contact page.

Deal Noir

25 March
Landmark Centre, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BB
Tickets: £25
The third annual Deal Noir crime fiction convention is a one-day event, but that doesn’t stop it being packed full of interest for crime fiction lovers. Speakers unveiled so far include Sarah Ward, Barbara Nadel and Nicola Upson, plus a trio with a distinctly telly feel about them – David Hewson, responsible for three adaptations of The Killing as well as his own Pieter Vos and Nic Costa series; Guy Fraser-Sampson, whose three Mapp and Lucia continuation novels were snapped up for television; and actor-turned-author Hugh Fraser, best known as Hastings in Poirot.

Wordpool’s Festival of Written Word

29-31 March
Various venues, Blackpool
Tickets: From £6
Crime and cocktails sounds like a perfect combination… throw in Elly Griffiths, Denise Mina, Sharon Bolton and Alex Marwood and it is a crime fiction lover’s dream! The fab four comprise the panel for the seaside festival’s launch event – Mystery and Illusion: The Art of the Crime Writer – in the art deco surroundings of Stanley Park. Thursday sees Julia Crouch with Sarah Ward and Mandasue Heller, plus MJ Arlidge chatting to Ben Aaronovitch. Oh, and they’ve got a vintage double-decker bus to take you from venue to venue!

Quais du Polar

31 March-2 April 2017
Lyon, France
Tickets: Most events are free
Now in its 12th year, Quais du Polar (Crime on the Quay) is the largest crime festival in France. All events take place at venues within walking distance of the town. Non-French speakers need not fear, as simultaneous interpretation is available for most panels. In 2017 the emphasis will be on politics and abuse of power (just a few weeks before the French elections), gender and genre fluidity, and Eastern Europe, with guest authors from Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia and Serbia. There will be plenty of authors known to CFL fans – including Val McDermid, Arnaldur Indridason, Megan Abbott, Lisa Gardner, Donna Leon, Philip Kerr, MC Beaton, Fiona Barton, Ragnar Jonasson and David Young.

The Art of Crime/The Crime of Art

8 April 2017, 2pm-early hours
The White Hotel, Manchester
Tickets: £10 advance or £12 on the door
It’s grim up North and the North was never grimmer than in David Peace’s Red Riding novels. The telly adaptation is the subject of this, the first in a series of events planned for the White Hotel in Manchester, and promises to be something of a feat of endurance for those who go along. The afternoon begins with Red Riding screenwriter Tony Grisoni in an hour-long Q&A with writer Austin Collings. There follows a five-hour screening of the full Red Riding Trilogy (1974, 1983, 1980), adapted from Peace’s quartet of novels. The night will then close with a darkly fitting DJ set by the composer Funki Porcini. Tickets are limited.

Newcastle Noir

28-30 April 2017
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
Tickets: From £5 – on sale in February
Any festival that opens with a free event featuring Denise Mina certainly deserves some publicity – and that’s just how this year’s Newcastle Noir kicks off. Other highlights include a crime writing workshop with William Ryan and some tasty panel discussions – Geordie Noir, featuring Howard Linskey, LJ Ross and Matt Wesolowski; and Domestic Noir with CL Taylor, Michael J Malone and Louise Beech caught our attention, but there are a total of 13 panels involving 40-plus authors in this busy weekend programme. Details are still being finalised, so keep an eye on the website.


18-21 May 2017
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Tickets: Currently £175 but will rise to £195 as the event approaches
Named one of ‘the best crime writing festivals around the world’ in the Guardian and one of ‘the 50 Best Festivals’ in The Independent, CrimeFest draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the globe, so Iceland’s Queens of Crime are sure to get a warm welcome when Jónína Leósdóttir, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Sólveig Pálsdóttir and Lilja Sigurðardóttir gather together for a panel moderated by Barry Forshaw. It’s just one of the high points in a packed programme which boasts Anthony Horowitz (pictured) and Peter Lovesey as featured guest authors.


30 June-2 July
Tickets: Various prices
Curated by Ian Rankin, this festival celebrates 30 years of his irascible Edinburgh police detective, John Rebus. Opening with a whisky masterclass and ending with a Rebus Quiz hosted by Rankin himself, other highlights include live music, walking tours, screenings, and food and drink, as well as talks on the author’s historic and contemporary influences. Experts, artists and performers will join him across the weekend to provide a unique insight into one of the most significant and best-loved characters in crime fiction.

Buckingham Literary Festival

30 June-2 July 2017
University of Buckingham
Tickets: TBA
There’s a wealth of literary talent on show at this eclectic festival, but as crime’s our bag we’ll focus on appearances by Peter James, Louise Doughty and Claire Mackintosh. Culture vultures will be pleased to know that there’s an open-air performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream too.


11-15 July
Grand Hyatt New York
Tickets: Early bird packages from $463
It’s the 12th year of this shindig, billed as ‘the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers’ and attracting some of the biggest names in the genre. Think Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, John Lescroart and Heather Graham for starters and then take your pick of best-selling names from Val McDermid to Karin Slaughter. In addition to a full array of panels, there’s a pre-event FBI workshop to be held at FBI headquarters in NYC on 10 July, Master CraftFest, CraftFest, ThrillerFest, PitchFest and much more.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

20-23 July
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Tickets: TBA
It’s the 15th year of this fun-packed event held at Agatha Christie’s old stomping ground, the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, and Elly Griffiths has been announced as programming chair. The Ruth Galloway creator said: “It is an absolute honour. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with the Festival really from the beginning of my time as a crime writer. I’ve been encouraged so much by a lot of established authors there like Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid, so it feels almost surreal for me to be Programming Chair a year after Peter James.” Special guests confirmed so far include Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Peter May, Stuart MacBride and Kathy Reichs – with more to be announced in the coming months.

CrimeTime Gotland

3-5 August
Visby, Sweden
Tickets: Approx £60 for a three-day pass
This three-day festival on the beautiful island of Gotland could be the ideal summer escape for lovers of Scandinavian crime fiction. From the UK, Elly Griffiths will be participating, and from Australia debut author Jane Harper. Norwegians Unni Lindell and Torkil Damhaug will join the powerful Swedish contingent that includes Camilla Läckberg, Jens Lapidus, Katarina Wennstam, Mari Jungstedt, Denise Rudberg and Anna Jansson. Expect panels, talks, screenings and even guided walks at this family-friendly event held in Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder

12-15 October
Toronto, Canada
Tickets: CDN $195
Ghost walks and a visit to the Toronto Public Library Conan Doyle collection are two added attractions of this festival – and with guests of honour including Megan Abbott, Louise Penny and Christopher Brookmyre it’s no mystery as to why it is such a popular event. Organised by the World Mystery Convention, and named in honour of distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author Anthony Boucher, Bouchercon began life in 1970 and is returning to Canada for the first time since 2004. Mingle with authors, publishers, editors, aspiring writers and agents at a whole array of events – and attendees get to vote on the Anthony Awards too.

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