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.

Captivating Criminality

29 June-1 July
Bath Spa University
Tickets: £155 (£105 student); Conference dinner: £22
Captivating Criminality, an international network of scholars, researchers and practitioners on the subject of crime fiction, hold their 2017 Conference at Bath Spa University at the end of June. The keynote speaker is Sophie Hannah, and there are lots of other names familiar to crime fiction fans on a huge array of panels discussing topics as varied as Golden Age crime fiction, women and criminality, hardboiled fiction, global noir, Victorian nightmares and much more.


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: From £5 per event, Membership from £35
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.

Festival of Writing

8-10 September 2017
University of York
Tickets: From £185
Brainchild of The Writers’ Workshop, York’s Festival of Writing is now in its seventh year. It’s a chance for would-be authors to meet agents and publishers, get advice from published writers and pitch their work direct to agents, and this year sees the dynamic double-act of Rachel Abbott and Mark Edwards running a keynote session on the Saturday morning, discussing the pleasures and pitfalls of self-publishing. Harry Bingham is another popular crime writer who will be taking part, offering advice on giving your work a compelling sense of place.


14-17 September 2017
Various locations in Norwich
Tickets: Season ticket £86 (concessions available)
They’re still finalising the programme for the East of England’s biggest festival, to be held in Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature. Names already confirmed are Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Arne Dahl and Stuart MacBride so things are looking mighty promising! Main crowd-pleasers will be hosted by Norwich Arts Centre, the University of East Anglia and Jarrold Department Store, but look out for a host of family-friendly fringe events at special locations around the city.

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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