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CANCELLED: CrimeFest 2020

Date: Thursday, Jun 4 - Sunday, Jun 7
Venue: The Grand Hotel
Price: Various

The 2020 edition of CrimeFest, one of Europe’s biggest crime fiction conventions, will be headlined by Lynda La Plante (pictured), Robert Goddard and Laura Lippman.

“CrimeFest, now in its 11th year, is a hotbed for readers who dip into the occasional crime novel alongside die-hard fans, as well as drawing top crime novelists, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world. It runs a series of educational and community outreach events alongside the convention.

“Director and co-founder of CrimeFest, Adrian Muller, said: “CrimeFest is the most democratic of crime conventions as it’s open to all authors to take part. As such, it’s not just established names but offers an exciting and fertile ground for aspiring and new talent. There’s a friendly energy for readers and attendees, fitting the independent, vibrant spirit of our host town, Bristol.”

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“Up to 150 authors will descend on Bristol appearing in over 50 panels delving into diverse topics from politics to historical crime, the Golden Age of crime fiction to police procedurals, serial killers to cosy crime. There’ll also be a panel on crime fiction reviewers, honouring the late Marcel Berlins, and a ‘Ghost of Honour’ remembering Dick Francis.

“Highlights include the coveted ‘Pitch an Agent’ for aspiring writers and the annual CrimeFest Awards featuring the inaugural Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award.”

The early bird Full CrimeFest Pass is currently £185 but will go up to £200. The Full Pass includes a programme book, a delegate bag with a selection of contents, and admission to all events (with exception of the Gala Dinner, Crime Writing Day and Pitch an Agent).

Subject to availability, Friday and Saturday Day Passes will go on sale two months prior to the convention. The day passes will be £100 each and include a programme book and admission to all events (with exception of the Gala Dinner, Crime Writing Day and Pitch an Agent) for the relevant day.

The festival takes place from June 4 to June 7. For full programme and details of event timings and tickets, visit:

Photo credit: Neil Genower

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By joe melia, Saturday, Feb 8 2020

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