Cactus TV deal for CWA Daggers

<p>The Crime Writers&rsquo; Association and Cactus TV are to join forces to &quot;celebrate&quot; the Crime Thriller Dagger Awards, which take place on 21st October. The partnership was announced last night (15th July) at the CWA Dagger Awards 2009.</p><p>More details on the TV deal are due later this summer, but the CWA said it would &quot;propel the Crime Thriller Daggers into the spotlight&quot;. Amanda Ross, m.d. of Cactus TV, said: &quot;We are delighted to have a new three-year partnership with the CWA to ensure the future of the Crime Thriller Daggers and to establish it as a major event in the awards calendar. This is an extremely popular fiction genre and we will ensure that its creators and performers get the recognition they richly deserve.&quot;</p><p>CWA chair, Margaret Murphy, said: &quot;We are delighted that the CWA Gold Dagger, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger will benefit from this increased exposure and we look forward to reaching a new audience for what is already publishing&rsquo;s most popular genre.&quot; </p><p>The winners of four of the CWA&#39;s Dagger Awards were also revealed at the ceremony. The &pound;1,500 CWA Dagger in the Library went to Quercus author Colin Cotterill; the prize, sponsored by the Random House Group, is awarded to an author for their body of work rather than a single title; authors are are nominated by UK libraries and readers&rsquo; groups and judged by a panel of librarians. &pound;300 also goes to a participating library&#39;s readers&#39; group. </p><p>Also shortlisted were: Simon Beckett (Bantam); R J Ellory (Orion); Ariana Franklin (Bantam);<br />Peter James (Pan Macmillan); and Michael Robotham (Sphere). </p><p>The &pound;1,000 CWA International Dagger, for novels translated into English, went to Fred Vargas for <em>The Chalk Circle Man</em> (Harvill Secker), with &pound;500 going to the translator Si&acirc;n Reynolds.</p><p>Also shortlisted were: Karin Alvtegen&#39;s <em>Shadow</em>, translated from the Swedish by McKinley Burnett (Canongate); Arnaldur Indri&eth;ason&#39;s <em>Arctic Chill</em>, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker); Stieg Larsson&#39;s <em>The Girl Who Played With Fire</em>, translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland (MacLehose Quercus); Jo Nesb&oslash;&#39;s <em>The Redeemer</em>, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett (Harvill Secker); and Johan Theorin&#39;s <em>Echoes from the Dead</em>, translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy (Doubleday).</p><p>The &pound;1,500 CWA Short Story Dagger went to &ldquo;One Serving of Bad Luck&rdquo; by Sean Chercover from <em>Killer Year</em>, edited by Lee Child (Mira), beating &quot;Speaking of Lust&quot; by Lawrence Block from Crime Express series (Five Leaves Publications); &quot;Cougar&quot; by Laura Lippman from <em>Two of the Deadliest</em>, edited by Elizabeth George (Hodder); &quot;The Price of Love&quot; by Peter Robinson from <em>The Blue Religion</em>, edited by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown); &quot;Served Cold&quot; by Zo&euml; Sharp, and &quot;Mother&rsquo;s Milk&quot; by Chris Simms, both from the <em>Mammoth Book of Best British Crime</em>, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Constable &amp; Robinson). </p><p>And finally the CWA D&eacute;but Dagger (sponsored by Orion), open to any unpublished English-language author, went to Canadian writer Catherine O&rsquo;Keefe for &quot;The Pathologist&quot;. Her prizes include &pound;500, two free tickets to the CWA Dagger Awards and hotel tickets.</p>