CrimeFest 2015 Announce All-Star Line-Up

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CrimeFest have announced this year’s star-studded line-up with an array of top names in the world of crime fiction. The exclusive event is the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention which sees over 400 authors, agents, publishers and crime fiction fans worldwide arrive in Bristol for a chock-full four days.

Some of the top names to be attending at this year’s event include authors Lee Child, James Runcie and Sophie Hannah. Child, known for the bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, will be in conversation with famed Nordic writer Maj Sjöwall who is recognised as ‘The Godmother of Modern Scandinavian Crime Fiction.’ Child spoke about his opportunity to speak with Sjöwall as a ‘pleasure and privilege’ to which audiences will be able to observe. Sjöwall will also be presenting the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year, which is set to take place later this year.


Additionally, author of the Sydney Chambers mysteries, James Runcie, will be interviewed alongside Catherine Aird; the winner of the 2015 British Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger Award. Sophie Hannah, author of the Poirot The Monogram Murders, will also appear alongside Agatha Christie’s grandson, John Curran, to celebrate 125 years of the renowned author.

CrimeFest’s 2015 panel includes ‘Crime Pays in Audio’ with Doctor Who cohort Freema Agyeman to discuss audiobook narrators, Euro and Nordic Noir expert Barry Forshaw who will explore the representation of sex in crime fiction, and Chris Ewan, Tom Harper, Zoë Sharp and Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigurdardóttir will be in discussion with Lee Child to discover ‘Brains or Bran, Who Kicks Best Ass.’

As well as all this, CrimeFest also features a literary agent speed-dating session that allows aspiring authors to present and pitch their ideas. A Crime Writing Day will also take place across the four-day event, which includes discussions with agents and editors as well as a workshop with bestselling crime writers M.R. Hall and William Ryan.


Adrian Muller, representative of CrimeFest 2015, states: ‘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.’

CrimeFest 2015 is a must-see for any avid crime fiction fan and will take place in Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel from 14th-17th May. The convention has been named one of the best festivals in the world by The Guardian as well as The Independent’s ‘The 50 Best Festivals’.

See the full programme for CrimeFest 2015 here

For a 25% discount on CrimeFest 2015 Full Weekend and Saturday passes enter here.

CrimeFest 2015 takes place between 14th-17th May – for more information about CrimeFest visit