Lee Child, Maj Sjöwall, James Runcie and Sophie Hannah are among the authors set to speak at this year’s CrimeFest convention.
The crime fiction convention will be held at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol from 14th to 17th May in association with Goldsboro Books and will see authors, agents and publishers participate in over 50 curated panels and speaking events.
Child will be in conversation with renowned Swedish crime writer and translator Maj Sjöwall. Runcie, whose Sydney Chambers mysteries have recently been dramatised for ITV as “Grantchester”, will be interviewed alongside Catherine Aird, the 2015 recipient of the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger Award for excellence in crime writing. To celebrate 125 years of Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah, author of recent Poirot novel The Monogram Murders (HarperCollins) and Mathew Prichard, Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Limited, will be in conversation with John Curran.
Adrian Muller, who co-hosts CrimeFest with Myles Allfrey and Donna Moore, said: “Every year we are told that the convention was the best one yet, which creates an enormous pressure to maintain the quality for the one to come. But a large part of CrimeFest’s success is due to the enthusiasm our delegates bring to the event. It is amazing how many of them sign up the preceding year without even knowing which authors will be attending. That kind of support is what keeps CrimeFest going.”
The convention also includes Pitch an Agent, a literary agent speed-dating session where unpublished authors can present their ideas in a "Dragon’s Den" style session.