Festival Round Up & Colin Dexter

As I’m trying to read two books at the moment, I don’t have a book review for this week. I thought instead that I’d tell you about some great book festivals that are coming up, starting this Saturday.

Deal Noir


On this Saturday 25th March is Deal Noir, over on the Kent coast. I think tickets are still available and at only £25, this is a real steal. Click here for the full list of speakers but to whet your appetite, you can expect Steph Broadribb, Rod Reynolds, Fiona Cummins, SJI Holliday, Daniel Pembrey, Mark Hill, Louise Voss…  This should be excellent!

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Clare Mac

This runs 27th-30th April in Chipping Norton. I went last year, just for the Saturday, and I had a great time. Not restricted to crime, there are lots of different authors to choose from including Tony Robinson, Jenny Colgan and Nadiya Hussain. But if Crime is your thing then you can’t go wrong with Sharon Bolton, Clare Mackintosh and Ian Rankin. Click here to find out more.





This is one of the big crime writing festivals and takes place in Bristol 18th -21st May. There are a huge amount of authors taking part in the panels but there are plenty more who are just turning up for the hell of it. But to give you a little taster, Julia Crouch, Sarah Hilary, Marnie Riches, Sam Carrington, Ragnar Jonasson are only down to appear plus a very special session with Ann Cleves. You can find out more here




Winchester Writers’ Festival


Moving to June now, the Winchester Writers’ Festival takes place 16th-18th June. This is a bit different as it’s more for aspiring authors rather than readers. If you like the idea of writing crime then there’s a workshop with William Ryan. Click here to find out more.



Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival


This is perhaps the biggest of all the crime writing festivals and takes place in Harrogate on 20th-23rd July. Headlining this year is Lee Child, Kathy Reichs and Ian Rankin. Val McDermid will run her popular New Blood panel which features the new top debut authors of 2017. This year, Val has chosen Jane Harper (The Dry), Joseph Knox (Sirens), Kristen Lepionka (The Last Place You Look) and, one of my favourite debuts so far this year – Fiona Cummins (Rattle). To find out more click here




I can’t finish this blog without mentioning the sad news that Colin Dexter died yesterday. It was the TV series with John Thaw that introduced me to Inspector Morse but once I started reading the novels, I was hooked. I used to take them out of my local library and devour them. I remember crying my eyes out when Morse died in The Remorseful Day. As good as the TV version was, it didn’t always capture the subtleties and nuances of the books. More than anything, I will miss spotting Colin Dexter doing his cameos in the programmes. If you want to read an incredibly moving tribute to Colin Dexter then click here for Val McDermid’s article in The Guardian.

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